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Discovery Communications Washington DC Reviews

Updated December 8, 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. "Loved Discovery"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery Communications as an intern

    Pros

    Loved my internship at Discovery. Rumor has it that the program is being cut due to reasons associated with the pending Scripps deal, which sucks. Loved my team and always felt welcome in the program.

    Cons

    The department I worked in was not very welcoming. They seemed very reserved and uninterested in the intern program. My team, though, was great. A lot of the company's issues, such as consistent layoffs and "restructuring" are swept under the rug. This is not a company I would look to start my career at, but I could see myself here in 10-15 years.

    Advice to Management

    There's a lot of work to be done to improve employee morale.


  2. "Consolidation bringing good lean company"

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

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

    Pros

    Many growing opportunities and great benefits.

    Cons

    Consolidation is not completed yet, still working on making operation more lean, but it looks good so far

    Advice to Management

    Provide stock options to your employees, so they can feel vested long term

  3. "Amazing opportunity for a Summer internship"

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    Former Intern - Integrated Content and Branded Entertainment in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Intern - Integrated Content and Branded Entertainment in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing, talented staff and you get to work on some really fun projects. Plus, being there during the Summer means you get to celebrate Shark Week on your last week.

    Cons

    I don't know many people that got a full-time opportunity, so it's quite hard to get in even as a former intern.


  4. "SVP US Media Operations"

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President US Media Operations in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President US Media Operations in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great brands and lots of opportunity for growth. New and exciting opportunities are plentiful if you are willing to work hard

    Cons

    There really aren't any I can think of other than sometimes you can get lost in the shuffle. Be loud and proud and good at what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Innovation and evolution


  5. "Intern"

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

    I worked at Discovery Communications as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Constant Company Events, Benefits, Perks
    - Work/Life Balance
    - Day Care + health center in the building

    Cons

    - Layoffs! (Walked in one day and people I was working with were gone)
    - Opportunities to move up are very hard/limited

    Advice to Management

    Great company but overall they need to listen to the younger employees to figure out trends for the future in the media industry.


  6. "Head of Closed Captioning"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work... I grew up there in the 1990s. Great people make it a pleasure to go to work everyday.

    Cons

    Big company where its easy to feel lost


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Needs improvement"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    All the perks that come with working at a big company, such as fun company events and lots of networking opportunities

    Working on fun projects

    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    No room to grow from certain roles

    Low pay

    Ridiculous hours, sometimes you might even find yourself doing work on the weekends

    Extremely politics-driven

    Some managers have poor management skills and are extremely patronizing

    Lack of diversity

    Very cliqueish and not always welcoming to newcomers

    Poor planning, everything is done last minute, always dealing with fire drills. Lots of red tape

    Advice to Management

    Practice better planning so that everything doesn't always have to be a rush

    Implement more work-life balance for employees


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. "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


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