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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated October 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and work- life balance (in 73 reviews)

  • Amazing company to work with, great benefits and opportunities to grow (in 78 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and co-workers, relaxed atmosphere for me.

    Cons

    Still trying to figure out ??


  2. "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing to work with

    Cons

    It often does not feel that the employees are valued by the company -- difficult to get promoted, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to keep good employees

  3. "Marketing Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Abundant global resources to develop employee's skills and leadership; great opportunity for young professionals to touch base with different disciplines

    Cons

    Sometimes one has to work for long working hours even during weekends

    Advice to Management

    Can focus more on refining the new employee orientation and the on-the-job training


  4. "Happy place to work!"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Discovery Communications as a contractor

    Pros

    Fun events, happy co-workers, nice environment

    Cons

    Not too many jobs available there


  5. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Awesome team and great company to work for!

    Cons

    None to my experience, but it's a tough ability to stand out considering it's such a large company.


  6. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications part-time

    Pros

    Great experience for a college student.

    Cons

    Low pay and a capped # of hours.


  7. "Fun people, little job security"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work culture, snacks, good benefits

    Cons

    long hours for little pay, shows are cancelled often and job security is not great

  8. "Challenging and Rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A true purpose-driven company, high-energy, talented and productive staff, wonderful senior leadership, great culture, benefits, and facilities, lots of autonomy and trust to get work done without micro-management or clock-watching, super flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Below-average pay (varies by position), small budgets, company growth and hiring oftentimes stalled by external factors, tough market to crack, under-staffed at times

    Advice to Management

    Consider investing less in sales and more in other areas, i.e. customer experience, support, marketing


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Over a Decade at DCI"

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    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in Silver Spring, DCI was a good and laid-back culture. If you had ambition, there was upward mobility to be had.

    Cons

    DCI may be a little slow in moving from cable content (a dying industry) to online offerings and lagged a little in promoting new technologies internally. Although the brand is a household name I worried about the company's future.

    Advice to Management

    Historically the company worked well when the culture lent itself to ideas bubbling from the bottom up. In the past few years it has moved towards more of a top-down culture which I feel has harmed more than it has helped.


  10. "Great Opportunities"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Silver Spring, MD
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    I worked at Discovery Communications as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of intern events and speakers, Huge support system, Networking opportunities, Intern Community, Paid, Free Stuff

    Cons

    No big cons. There's no housing options and sometimes expectations are unclear, but that's all!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


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