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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Discovery Communications

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Looks Great From the Outside, but Miserable on the Inside"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, doctor's office inside the building.

    Cons

    Discovery looks like a great place to work from the outside, but once you're in it's quite evident that it's a grind and bureaucracy runs rampant. Expect to be on call 24/7. Like meetings? Then you'll love Discovery, as that's all everyone does all day. Work/life balance depends on which department you're in, as some enjoy working from home and summer Fridays while others don't. I've never worked for a company where morale was so low and so many people were miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat from the many layers of management that exists, practice what you preach when it comes to work/life balance, and cut back on meetings so employees can actually accomplish something in the confines of the regular work week.


  2. "More conformist culture than other LA/Hollywood-based entertainment companies"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Vice President in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Discovery Communications full-time

    Pros

    Among the DC-area media & entertainment companies, has a broader range of opportunities. A decent choice for those already living in the area, but less so for those moving from LA or NY.

    Cons

    My impression/observation was that creative execs who were responsible for the company's best performing television programs were not rewarded nearly to the extent they might have been at Hollywood-based entertainment companies. Part of this may be the relative lack of competition among comparable employers in the DC metro area. For this reason, persons moving from LA or NY to DC to work at Discovery should carefully consider what their post-Discovery opportunities might be, and whether the culture is a good fit. Also, I found the overall mood and energy level to be notably less dynamic and energetic than at, say, the broadcast networks.

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