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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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  • I think work-life balance is Discovery has some opportunity areas (in 35 reviews)

  • all of upper management is scared to say no to leadership (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Can be a fun place to work at times.

    Cons

    Growth can be difficult which leaves you feeling stuck.

    Advice to Management

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  2. "N/A"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had a great manager to report into. He was firm but knowledgable and learned a lot in the brief time that I worked for him.

    Cons

    Typical media conglomerate bureaucracy.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Getting Back to Core Values"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Smart, interesting, and dedicated staff that wants to return this media company to its core values

    Cons

    Management style leans towards fear as motivator, Lost it's core brand promise

    Advice to Management

    Discovery seems to be paying lip service to it's founding mission as the #1 media organization that informs as it entertains and one that values its employees are its most valuable resource. Too often it feels like Discovery is only chasing Wall Street expectations and loses sight of what has historically made it stand apart from others.


  4. "Great company but not evolving fast enough"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great people, love brand, product is amazing, great exposure internationally.

    Cons

    Still stuck on the old PayTV business model, there's no practical view on the evolution to Digital.


  5. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Yes, promotional opportunities were lacking.

    Cons

    No, none at this time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "w/p"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    people are great and talented

    Cons

    Way too much politics involved.


  7. "Goo"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Discovery Communications as an intern

    Pros

    Good experience
    Friendly people, good space to network
    Thoroughly planned internship program
    Great HR

    Cons

    Had to ask for assignments more than given

  8. "Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Contractor - Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big name, good benefits (if you're a full-time employee), employee events, lots of free things, can move around in company, offices all over the US and the world

    Cons

    SUPER corporate/bureaucratic, job can feel very menial/pointless because oftentimes you're just doing things for higher ups without really knowing why, company is kind of old and not exciting, just an office job--doesn't feel like it's in the entertainment industry

    Advice to Management

    Explain projects better


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst - Ad Sales Research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance but hours are 9-6pm

    Cons

    Lack of training and learning & poor management


  10. "NY subculture not the same as Silver Spring"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Overall corporate culture is strong.

    Cons

    Horrible workplace culture in NY.


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