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Updated February 6, 2017
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  • Unpredictable work/life balance and hours (in 7 reviews)

  • Low pay, lack of growth opportunity (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great mission, frustrating politics"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editorial Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers, entry level jobs started with 19+ days vacation time (though I think this policy has been drastically limited in 2017), inspiring mission, exciting networking opportunities

    Cons

    Leadership is often in flux, there's a constant struggle between the non-profit and for-profit entities, new leadership cares little about the employees


  2. "Good production assistant job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Geographic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for a PA with no experience.

    Cons

    Nat Geo hired a cheap production company that created the show with the lowest budget possible.


  3. "A lot of change still going on."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    Free parking is a great benefit.

    Cons

    A lot of unrest and layoffs currently going on.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Overall Good Experience but Disappointing Ending"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and dedicated people, various events that staff can attend and very generous benefits are the highlights of working at NGS. I've have met famous photographers, explorers and various other people. When I first started working at NG, it truly was a family like culture -- literally because a lot of the staff either were related or knew someone who already worked there -- not so much the case now. I have made life long friends while at NG and for that reason alone, I will never regret working there.

    Cons

    The constant reorganization within a department and/or the entire company. Reorganizations would happen where some staff would get promoted and/or different job duties while others did not. From where I started at NGS to where I ended, I had to fight tooth and nail for each promotion so it was disconcerting when some received second chances or handed opportunities.

    Various VP's were brought in due to change in direction in the company which would lead to another reorganization. More often than not, either people were let go and/or were offered buyouts.

    The mother of all reorganizations was when NG was split into two separate organizations: NG Society and NG Partners (Fox) due to this split, my job -- and many others -- were eliminated, and some were offered buyouts. Being laid off was a shock and disappointing because otherwise, I probably would have retired from NGS. But the silver lining is now I can further pursue my career goals.


  6. "Great values on the surface, nothing to be gained inside."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passionate co-workers, great location downtown.

    Cons

    An extremely top-heavy company with very little decision making delegated to the project teams, grossly underpaid with no opportunity for growth (or a raise), very negative work environment. Upper management takes advantage of great talent, gives lip service to those who have concerns about the team. Fails to keep up with changing media trends, often lags behind by several years. Little to no professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Lose 75% of the VPs to allow the project teams the funds they need to be successful. Take a chance on new media ideas, listen to your younger employees who know the audience better than the baby boomers at the top. Send managers through trainings to ensure they're treating their employees fairly and with respect. All around, just listen to your employees – they're highly creative and talented, but you're stifling their opportunities to be truly great.


  7. "Director Licensing"

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    Former Employee - Director Licensing in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Director Licensing in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great mission and resources.

    Cons

    Fox managed and owned now for NG Partners and a year of changes. Hopefully to stabilize and move forward supporting the Society's main goals.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your dedicated employees.


  8. "Education Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at National Geographic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    community, mission, diverse staff, collaborative

    Cons

    large company but people are very friendly and helpful


  9. Helpful (3)

    "I love the organization, but can't work with leadership."

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn something new every day with marvelous people. If you like travel, science, world cultures, wildlife, photography, and unspoiled spaces, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Leadership is completely out of touch and trying to reinvent themselves every few months. For a science based organization, there are no scientists on the leadership team (although one will be arriving in January). Everyone in leadership come from a media background...ironic now that the Society has sold all of its media holdings.

    Advice to Management

    Get off the ninth floor and LISTEN to the people who make it all happen


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Confused and political, but passion-drive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Geographic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are passionate about the Society but there's a lot of politics and it's not the most stable digital Media environment. Good people.

    Cons

    It's not fast moving. There's much confusion over digital strategy. Unclear what the long term media strategy will be.


  11. "Research Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Stafford, VA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Stafford, VA

    I worked at National Geographic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful working environment
    Very welcoming
    I was able to ask questions and learn about the company as a whole

    Cons

    I had to travel far, but even then they worked with my schedule



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