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Discovery Communications Silver Spring Reviews

Updated February 5, 2017
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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  • Any promises of work/life balance is just lip service (in 32 reviews)

  • all of upper management is scared to say no to leadership (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Compensation Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment and opportunities to learn other functions.

    Cons

    constant restructuring leads to layoffs


  2. "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.


  3. "Inclusive Workplace"

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

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

    Pros

    - Really encourages you to work hard, but have fun.
    - Positive work environment
    - Great opportunities to move around and within the company
    - Employees willing to help you succeed

    Cons

    - DCTC isn't based inside the headquarters, which makes you feel a little closed off to the entire Discovery atmosphere


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  5. "Micromanagement First, Trust Second"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, "Resume", Plenty of resources to grow, The Cove (onsite cafe)

    Cons

    Vague expectations, Senior Management waxes eloquence often, Lack of empowerment

    Advice to Management

    Empower your younger/newer employees to take ownership of defining the culture. Very corporate, very "too big to fail." Brand awareness campaigns would certainly help.


  6. "Excellent benefits, great for women"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Certain groups within the parent company are creative and collaborative and inspired by contributing to our society in a positive way.

    Cons

    Has a different more business-focused operation versus its earlier educational driven mission.

    Advice to Management

    Aim to be more general in appeal, like in the beginning.


  7. "VP & Head of Entertainment Products"

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    Current Employee - Vice President & Head Entertainment Products in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President & Head Entertainment Products in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Products, Superb Management, Business Growth, Good Employer

    Cons

    Not Risk Taking, Slow Decision Making


  8. "Very political and behind the digital times"

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

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

    Pros

    If you have a great boss, and I had several, it is a good place to work. Creative, collaborative and supportive with good benefits - though lower than industry standard pay.

    Cons

    The problem is with the constant reorganization you can go from having a good leader who knows how to manage and bring out the best in their team to having a nightmare for a boss. Unfortunately, most of the really good executive and senior management are gone. The politics are unlike anything I've seen in any other company - counterproductive, unhealthy and unethical behavior. I witnessed bullying of employees by senior management. Senior management lay off high performing employees to bring in their own people or because of personality differences - which is not uncommon in cable or other industries but the extent at Discovery is extreme. I have worked for Scripps, AETN and Fox/Nat Geo and Discovery is the most dysfunctional work environment I have seen in twenty years in the business. It cripples the high performers and makes them leave. Discovery is woefully behind in digital but the culture of fear is a greater problem. From what I saw, HR is part of the issue.

    Advice to Management

    To the Board. Get some new blood on the board. DZ and RR need to go and a fairly comprehensive clean sweep of HR is needed, from the top down.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "HR Analyst"

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    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.


  11. "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



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