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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and work- life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Amazing company to work with, great benefits and opportunities to grow (in 77 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. "Fun people, little job security"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    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


  2. "A dynamic company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discovery is always doing something new. Work /life balance is generally good and there are lots of fun activities throughout the year. Flexible working and other such benefits are offered.

    Cons

    Some of the titles are inflated. I. E. There are so many directors and vice presidents that it's a bit meaningless.

    Communication about matters relevant to staff is often slow or non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Make more efforts to fill vacancies with internal staff. Develop the skills in house instead of always bringing new people in.


  3. "Discovery treats their employees well"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    They treat you well, flex work options, good benefits

    Cons

    can't think of any, the pay could be higher but no cons really

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job, and listen to your employees a bit more


  4. "Challenging and Rewarding"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    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


  5. "Commercial Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Commercial Operations in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, a lot of kind people, and women in high positions

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of office politics

    Advice to Management

    allow people who have been at the company for years in on an occasional meeting. things were very top heavy and the worker bees were left in the dark


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Constant change, re-org and instability"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity on smaller networks to make big swings with less cooks in the kitchen

    Cons

    CONSTANT re-orgs, staff cuts, dramatic leadership changes and shift in goals/strategies every 6 months to a year. This makes for a challenging culture - it's hard to make big strides in any one big thing.

    Advice to Management

    Find inspiring leaders, set goals and COMMIT to them.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Corrupt management and HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    London, Chiswick Park is a lovely area.

    However, I can't find any pros in a company that would openly go against policy and denies staff basic rights. Quoting a line that means they can ignore policy at any time they see fit; which means workplace bullying is a real issue here.

    Cons

    I agree 100% with the "UK Business insight only" comments.

    Discovery has a shockingly colonial mentality. If you are not white you should be seen and not heard. If you have an idea they'll take it and then act like you did less nothing.

    HR ignore evidence and quote policy loopholes which mean that can take away your basic employee rights at any time. Such a meeting notice periods and access to representation.

    Outdated methodologies and workflows.

    Discovery has created an environment that fosters discrimination and bullying.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs investigating.


  8. "Commercial Operations Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Great people and work- life balance.

    Cons

    no room for growth.


  9. "UK Business insight only"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Offices are bright, clean and airy
    Technology and infrastructure is up to date
    Virgin Active Gym close by
    Flexibility
    Good internal events programme
    Good if you like traditional corporate structure

    Cons

    The UK business is not diverse unlike the EMEA division, it has a very typical English colony caste hierarchy system with whites on top, asians in the middle and blacks at the bottom.
    Senior management are instrumental in keeping this bias system by forging relationships with staff who resemble themselves and promoting this select group.
    The black UK staff members who have been with the business for a long time are still junior team members whilst their superiors are white, a few asian. Age and length of service have little to do with your status in the company.
    Programming reflects the limited mindset of the senior and mid management, there is continuous talk of a desire to diversify content but they state the struggle to find content is due to the need to have exceptional non white talent such as Idris Elba, but your below avg non famous white talent is easily promoted and spread across the portfolio. Most of the specialists, talent that contribute to the programming are not known but their whiteness is enough for the company to invest in their success. The same level of faith and investment is not and would not be made to non white talent that is not already regionally or globally known by the general public, such as Morgan Freeman or Idris Elba.
    Quite simply, if you don't have a diverse team of decision makers, how can you diversify your content. But ultimately they are aware of this and it appears to be a conscious decision.
    I don't have high hopes for this channel, ultimately the younger audience are not watching this type of content much anymore and figures are already decreasing. The people who work there are so closed and insist on creating a divergence between themselves and the average person of all backgrounds they won't be able to change.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think a colony like this could change, the system comes from the top down and the people from the top will do anything to keep the system in place. Good luck to them


  10. "Global Director Of Media Strategy & Analytics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International, flexible, growing, opportunities, diverse

    Cons

    Corporate, too big, undergoing changes, regional divisions, no central control

    Advice to Management

    Listen more, make decisions faster.


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