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Discovery Communications Silver Spring Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and work- life balance (in 71 reviews)

  • Amazing company to work with, great benefits and opportunities to grow (in 77 reviews)

Cons
  • I think work-life balance is Discovery has some opportunity areas (in 34 reviews)

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

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  1. "Fun and challenging"

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing, talented people, fun subject matter, lots of work

    Cons

    Not a con, really, but talent plus ambition is rewarded. If you lack either you won't get ahead.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Pressure. Stress. Thankless."

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    Former Employee - Post Production Supervisor in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Post Production Supervisor in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Modern office space. Looks great on your CV.

    Cons

    Long hours. Tons of stress. Backstabbing encouraged. Brown-nosers rewarded. Hard work not recognized. No loyalty. Few perks.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp your review process. Less finger pointing and more support. Come down from your tower and meet your employees. Try showing some loyalty instead of axing longtime employees once they hit 45.

  3. "Executive producer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company location is nice since it's near DC and Georgetown

    Cons

    cutthroat environment, revolving door workforce

    Advice to Management

    treat people like they matter


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Company in decline"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of great people and teams still around.
    - Instant worldwide brand recognition.

    Cons

    - Little or no career growth. Young people should stay away.
    - Managers take all the credit while hardworking employees get pushed into shadows.
    - Industry in decline with very little opportunity for company growth.

    Advice to Management

    - People management is not easy; learn to do that.
    - Institutional knowledge & innovation can't be replaced or reproduced.


  5. "Coordinator"

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    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


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Executive Producer"

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

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

    Pros

    Hiring my own teams and able to make decisions quickly without a lot of input from higher ups - however this extremely RARE in the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive, leadership like to clean house too often and lets all the institutional knowledge walk out the door. This allows the same mistakes/bad programming to be made over and over again. Bring back the OG and ratings will improve - especially at DSC and APL. A lot of lip service is given to risk-taking but then decision makers don't want to lose their jobs so stretching to try new things is minimal and thus brings down the whole company.

    Advice to Management

    Give new ideas a fighting chance - put money and leadership behind them. Move into the digital space for real - real content - put real money behind it - people have the ideas - TURN THEM LOOSE! The regimes of yesteryear were not afraid to take big swings and even when striking out didn't run from next great project - they kept swinging. Also - LA and NYC are not the end all be all - Discovery programming was doing better ratings when centralized in Silver Spring. There are as many creatively talented people here as there are in bigger towns.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "If you are desperate"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work environment. Great location . Medical onsite.

    Cons

    Very cut throat. So many turn overs and layoffs. People are job scared making it much more stressful than a job should be. I left due to the constant threat of employment. You are only "in" if you are in the clique. I have seen employees sleeping on the job, management is aware, yet they are the ones retained.

    Advice to Management

    Be more observant of those you leave in charge. Maybe it is time to wipe the management instead of employees. They can talk the talk but they do not lead, they intimidate and play favorites. They apply corporate benefits such as work life balance options inconsistently. Although it is a corporate benefit, it is only permitted by a few with no justifiable reason. So many good people are gone leaving you with only those that create problems and blame others. I couldn't watch it happen anymore.

  8. "Challenging and Rewarding"

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    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


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Limping along a bit rudderless"

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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Still here providing new shows. Pay and HR benefits match better companies.

    Cons

    Very overcompsated CEO has no clue as to where the company should be going in this age of cord cutting. He's flailing about looking for answers by hiring supposed experts that can't deliver. Executives are not held to account for their shortfalls, but those same executives along with the board are quick to remove far, far less paid employees to make up the difference for their lack of vision. This only makes for more failure as many of those let go were significant contributors to what made the company great. It's a downward spiral to mediocrity. Our shows have gotten worse as the execs depend more on doing the same thing as the competition rather than doing as we used to - set the bar. Many of our best creatives have left to take their creativity to our competition.

    Advice to Management

    Seek a buyer for the company. Become accountable to the general stockholders. Current practice is that the board is free to ignore stockholders' votes and do as they please- to worsening effect.


  10. 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
    Recommends
    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.


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