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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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Pros
  • Provides for great Work Life balance (in 66 reviews)

  • Amazing company to work with, great benefits and opportunities to grow (in 73 reviews)

Cons
  • Very little opportunity for growth and relatively poor work/life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • all of upper management is scared to say no to leadership (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Burning out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people
    Generous benefits package
    Fair compensation
    Great place to get your career started

    Cons

    Overall ineffective management. I feel as though a lot of the management team are "bosses" instead of leaders. Micromanagement and favoritism run rampant. Very little opportunity for growth and relatively poor work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop the micromanagement. It doesn't get anything done and only serves to build resentment and ill-will amongst your staff. There are some very smart, dedicated people at this company. It's not always bad to let them do their thing. Stop with the favoritism as well. There are some employees that develop at a much faster rate while others get left behind. They feel trapped and isolated because of this. Give everyone a chance to sharpen their skills.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Broadcast Ingest Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Broadcast Ingest Operator in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Broadcast Ingest Operator in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A fair amount of job security.

    Cons

    Ineffectual management layers and unnecessary bureaucracy


  3. "Used to be better"

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair wages and benefits. Relaxed work hours

    Cons

    Constant corporate restructuring causing a toxic and stressful environment to work in. Excessive job instability

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate business and employee choices you make. Do not dismiss a situation based upon feedback from the same people. Environment is very cliquish, with personal agendas


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  5. "Once was so great, now is so bad"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible work hours, smart people, lots of good benefits, impact day

    Cons

    disconnect with leadership. constant restructuring "fear for your job layoffs". all of upper management is scared to say no to leadership. dead weight always kept their jobs while excellent employees who made more money got laid off. all about the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    It's understood that when you are a publicly traded company, you have to make your shareholders happy, but you also have to take care of your employees. you also say you are true to the Discovery Brand, but the programming has been awful since Zaslav got there. you work your employees to death and then don't promote them due to limited finances.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Too top heavy"

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    Current Employee - Creative Services in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Creative Services in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Company has good brand recognition

    Cons

    Discovery Too top heavy. Does not promote within. not enough training to help staff excel.

    Advice to Management

    promote and nurture the folks who have worked for the company for years.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "HR Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good exposure to content industry. Cool culture and company activities.

    Cons

    Need more emotionally-intellectual female managers.


  8. "Great Benefits, but...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Discovery Communications (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and company events-- Having a doctor's office, daycare, indoor garage parking on-site is a significant time savings and helps me stay focused on work.

    Cons

    Poor communication across departments and within depts. and frequent reorgs lead to employee low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Be genuine and value your team


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Taking Few Risks with Digital"

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    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, commitment to employee well-being, flexibility with business goals, seem open to trying new ideas in new spaces, appreciative of effort with employee reward programs

    Cons

    Plays it safe with new investments like digital, underpays and is slow to raise wages, is very reactionary to numbers in such a new space.

    Advice to Management

    Spend money on the right leaders - leaders of people and ideas. People in digital are young and need leaders who know how to motivate them. Tons of young talent are not being used to their fullest potentail


  10. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to get real world experience by a recognized company. Work is challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Either extremely overworked or under worked. Internship program does not limit which kind of boss takes the intern. Interns can be placed with high level managers who do not have time for an intern, when they really should be with a lower level employee who has time to teach.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Network Operations Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Operations Analyst/Help Desk Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Network Operations Analyst/Help Desk Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    IT Department is transitioning to promoting from within which wasn't the case a couple years ago

    Cons

    Unfortunately due to downsizing there is less money to be spent on internal training. Being tasked to wear multiple hats and not be fairly compensated for the extra work being asked to do.


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