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Discovery, Inc. Reviews

Updated February 12, 2019
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  • "WORK LIFE BALANCE depends on your LEVEL/TITLE within company" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Communications between upper management and employees is flawed" (in 42 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    Pros

    Great benefits and vacation plan

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons other than I was laid off


  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery, Inc. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong teams and a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    Focus is always on the bottom line.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Good company with a lot of problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Community, perks, compensation, charitable giving, resources

    Cons

    Politics, redundancies, egos, nepotism, org structure is heavy with too many executives


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I prepare logs with adverts for TV stations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poland, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poland, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good and stable company with international quality.

    Cons

    Corporate with a small possibility of development.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "A company adrift in treacherous waters"

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    Former Employee - Strategy in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategy in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery, Inc. (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Purchase of Scripps brought in new IP; Cheap cost of making reality television;

    Cons

    Far too many silos; Tremendous culture clash with Scripps merger; company is not managed globally, it's just regions; consistent changes in leadership and strategy; CEO who is woefully out of touch; not enough diversification in revenue streams; Media landscape is going through tremendous change

    Advice to Management

    You need to act as a global company, not independent regions. There needs to be a consistent voice driving the company culture, as Scripps now runs the US, leading people to question who acquired whom. It's 2019, when your CEO continues to marvel that people are watching content on mobile devices, it's time for a new leader. Also, stick with a strategy for more than six months.


  6. "Fulfillment Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Discovery, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and work culture. So fun!

    Cons

    Salaries are lowest in industry.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not a great company"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Maternity Leave is 12 weeks + 6-8 weeks STD = 18-20 weeks. Paternity Leave is 12 weeks

    Cons

    9-6 office hours. People are miserable here. Office is dirty, found a couple of roaches. Drinking water is filtered at the sink, next to piles of dirty dishes.

    Advice to Management

    Make water filters separate from the dirty sink. I know plenty of employees who would rather buy water than drink the free filtered water.

  8. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Discovery, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Excellent group of people. Great benefits. Fantastic projects.

    Cons

    Wish it was in DC.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits, nice team, mixed messages from leadership"

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    Former Employee - Digital Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Discovery, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong benefits, good team members, learning environment

    Cons

    Constant team restructuring, business goals changing


  10. Helpful (1)

    "NOT ALL THAT. BIG NAME COMPANY LITTLE PAY OFF!"

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

    I have been working at Discovery, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice Location and Decent Benefits
    Your success depends on the CULTURE of the DEPARTMENT you work in.

    Cons

    *LOW Pay (one of the lowest in the industry)
    *Dead-End Job Duties/Responsibilities
    *Hard to MOVE UP / Get Promoted
    *WORK LIFE BALANCE depends on your LEVEL/TITLE within company
    *Your success depends on the CULTURE of the DEPARTMENT you work in.

    I made more money as a TEMP at Discovery 10 years prior then joining as a FULL TIME EMPLOYEE. #Ridiculous

    I've seen SEVERAL workers with incredible work ethic work in the SAME position for 10-15 years with NO promotion and only yearly cost of living increases at 2-3%... yet I have watched millennial's come in and become managers and directors in 2-3 years.

    Many jobs are like that of a hamster... you work day in and day out doing the SAME thing like a hamster on a wheel.. never getting caught up. Many jobs are very monotonous (like the Hamster wheel) while other jobs are filled with great personal and professional fulfillment- depends on the department and the supervisor you luck up with.

    Their flagship office in Silver Spring of 1,300 workers has taken quite a beating with their purchase of Scripps Media. Severe lay-offs (in the HUNDREDS - close to a thousand took place 2018 and will continue thru 2019).

    If you want to work for this company, pack your bags for Knoxville, Tennessee or NYC because the smaller "satellite" office in Silver Spring only accommodates very few (from 1,300 employees to 200-400 in smaller space up the street). Lastly, make sure you negotiate your salary UP FRONT and don't relay on bonuses or raises to get you the salary you TRULY DESERVE.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the worker bee's the money they deserve. Many can hardly afford to live in the area based off of salaries. 4 Years to increase your vacation time (worker bee level) seems like forever.

    Better management from top tier/ executives.

    Better understanding from top tier/executives what staff REALLY including the resources they need to do it and the time it takes to complete.