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"Decent work experience"

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

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

Pros

Plenty of people to find mentor ship in

Cons

Managers don't have management skills

Advice to Management

Train managers before they have direct reports

Other Employee Reviews for Discovery Communications

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Looking to Advance in Your Career? Then Don't Look Here."

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discovery Education is growing incredibly fast and like other divisions has some truly brilliant people. Many at Discovery Education care more about the impact our work will have on students and educators rather than the amount of profit they can rake in.

    Cons

    Compensation: Discovery is renowned for not paying well and the education division is at the low end of all divisions in the company. Unless you are at the highest levels, Senior VP and up, don't expect to take much home. The comp plan for sales is by far one of the worst in the industry. Usually, the more you sale, the more you make. At Discovery you are capped at team target. Yes, a team target. Meaning you can kill your number and because your other team members do nothing, you will not make a dime.

    Career Advancement: There is none. You are a "head". I'd say don't forget that's how they see you, but they'll make sure you don't forget by referencing the "heads" in meeting after meeting, never seeming to grasp the notion that this term is demeaning and condescending. Discovery Education is extremely top heavy. VPs seem to be everywhere you look and more are added monthly. Some are in-charge of a few workshops a year. Others were hired to secure a deal or because of family relations. This culture of only promoting from the outside seems to be company-wide and not limited to the education division. It's like a memo from the CEO was sent out to make sure this happens. If you wish to advance, treat Discovery Education like an internship. Pop-in, work a few years, then exit. Work at another company for a year. Reapply and come back as a VP in charge of placing cover letters on TPS reports.

    Communication: There is none. Changes come out of the blue. Discovery Education may be full of VPs and SVPs, but really a couple of people run the show. When a decree is given, heads respond and shuffle the puppets. I think they want better communication but Discovery is run so lean, that everyone is running the equivalent of two/three jobs and lacks the time to communicate anything.

    Work-Life Balance: There is none. That's really true at any company, but here it's taken to the extreme. Discovery Education is a very lean division, below the VP level. This could easily go in the Pro category, but Discovery Education is anorexic. The heads below VP and in fairness some of the VPs, work tremendously long hours and travel more than 150 days a year. Upper management's decision to continue to add VPs means theirs no break in sight for those that actually run the division.

    Advice to Management

    Develop internal talent. Provide a pathway for advancement. Hire more people before everyone burns out. Vultures like NewsCorp, Pearson and McGraw Hill are circling and will take all of the talent in the division if you don't act soon.


  2. "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome and smart colleagues, progressive company policies

    Cons

    Little possibility for advancement, hard for individual contributors to make an impact.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep your employees in the dark amidst changes. Communicate with them and trust that they can handle changes like adults.

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