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"A great place to work"

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Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY
Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Great work life balance, room for growth, smart people to collaborate with

Cons

high stress atmosphere with average pay

Other Employee Reviews for Discovery Communications

  1. "Challenging Work, Working with Smart People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    The folks here are smart, engaging, and hard working. Discovery has a great brand name and people are constantly trying to work here.

    Cons

    Communications can be tough between teams. Some procedures are outdated and can derail any momentum a project might have

    Advice to Management

    streamline some of the procedures and pay attention to the needs of your employees


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    "Don't Work for the Discovery Education Division"

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

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Some very smart and talented people. Globally recognized brand. Diverse portfolio content. Cutting edge of the digital transformation in education.

    Cons

    Just to be crystal clear and concise, here are my cons as a top, award winning performer at Discovery Education.

    There is no work/life balance. You will not move up no matter how well you perform. Your compensation will be far less than any other company. You will be promised everything and they will not deliver on any promise. Even if you apply for a position in the company, they will not consider you. They won't even return an email or phone call. HR is non-existent. They refuse to speak with you, return a call or email. They do a reorg every single year and it's seen as a great thing by those at the top because they've lost all touch with the actual workers.

    Very poor organizational structure that is extremely top heavy with VPs. The VPs that are brought on-board, 99% of the time come from outside the company, hired to secure a contract with a particular school district or a family friend of the senior leadership. A common con at Discovery is cronyism and it's not even disguised on the education side. There is no career path. They are very blatant about this fact, almost prideful. Their form of career path is, do something great and great things happen. Then they hire a family friend or someone from the outside. Merit has no place on the education side. The extremely few that get promoted are not promoted based on performance. In fact, they may be one of the poorest performers, yet advance because of cronyism. Those that actually perform, close multi-millions in deals, are consistently overlooked and under-appreciated. Discovery Education has one of the worst compensation packages in the industry, yet they expect you to work more days and spend more time on the road then any industry. You will be expected to spend at a bare minimum 100 days on the road. Some spend 150+.

    Advice to Management

    You have some talented people, but they will leave unless you lessen the work load. I had high hopes for this company, but I can no longer justify the extreme travel for little pay and zero recognition. So, I'm taking your advice to "Make your own career path". I'm leaving.

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