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3.4
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Pros
  • "Great people, gained a ton of experience(in 24 reviews)

  • "A wonderful, impact driven work environment(in 23 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "low pay, hard to get promotions and lots of lay offs(in 15 reviews)

  • "Poor pay unless you are in upper management(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      PA

      Nov 9, 2021 - Production Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of great people to work with

      Cons

      Not a lot of bad things

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Not A Place To Move Up In

      Oct 29, 2021 - Media Asset Coordinator in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Transparent manager and team Great initiatives to bettering the environment

      Cons

      Not very open and diverse with letting employees come as they are if not Caucasian. Seems to have to follow a corporate standard which leaves out someone’s ability to be themselves and comfortable at work.

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    3. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      “Toxic” doesn’t begin to describe Nat Geo Expeditions

      Nov 14, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Awesome coworkers who support one another - Some fun events pre-COVID

      Cons

      National Geographic Expeditions leadership only cares about the bottom line and fosters a hostile environment for employees. So many negatives, but here are a few off the top of my head: - Pay is nowhere near competitive. Nat Geo name NOT worth getting on a path to being underpaid long term. - Probably the only travel company that doesn’t let their employees actually travel. They send out the same staff members to scout out every single trip. - Employees forbidden to WFH when they have sick or dying family members. Forced to take vacation or leave without pay if they want to spend time with them. - Leadership monitors employees Slacks for gossip and then silences unhappy employees in an attempt to control office narrative. - Retaliation against unhappy employees is common (demotions, pay decreases, desk moves, etc.). - When staff speak up about poor treatment by leadership, they are explicitly told to keep quiet and then their end of year raises are decreased as punishment - Leadership obsessed with placing blame on specific employees for company mistakes. Go on witch hunts in the name of “accountability” - Team members are asked to rate each other’s performance in live meetings, to each other’s faces and in front of supervisors. - HR is an extension management—its laughable to think of them as impartial. - Hold superficial diversity and inclusion events that make it clear they have no intentions for meaningful change.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Do Not Work Here

      Nov 10, 2021 - Operations in Evanston, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Not worth the money or experience

      Cons

      Too many to list here

      2 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good coworkers; everything else is awful

      Nov 8, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - People I work with are great. - new CEO does seem genuine and working hard to right the ship. - Looks good on a CV.

      Cons

      - Crappy and stingy benefits. - HR is a mess. (That said, a couple people there do genuinely try to do right.) - Shady board of directors that meddles and micromanages way too much and gives employees zero opportunities to provide input. - All Staff under the senior level are ridiculously overworked and underpaid. - Explorers are basically given free reign and often don’t treat staff with respect. - Staff are constantly “voluntold” to do extra work outside of their job description. - General vibe is that we’re cogs “lucky to work here” and if we don’t like it we can move on. - Unstable office environment. Constant reorgs and leadership changes. - How are we going to be Nat Geo and STILL have a 1960s-esque dress code for the office? - Very arbitrary remote work policy that doesn’t reflect the nuances of WFH or what we’ve all been through during the pandemic. - While my team is great about work life balance, it’s definitely an outlier at the org. - Vacation policy. On paper looks nice, in reality good luck trying to get away from the office for more than a long weekend.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Mission and Culture

      Sep 27, 2021 - Marketing 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Mission and Culture. Employees are very passionate about working at NatGeo. Working on the programs and initiatives is very fulfilling.

      Cons

      I do not have any cons.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Toxic company

      Sep 30, 2021 - Sales and Service Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Only perk was getting to travel if you were lucky enough to get picked to go on a trip. I also liked everyone I worked with on my team but we were all overqualified and underpaid.

      Cons

      Company has gone down hill and continues to decline. We were over worked and so underpaid. The leadership was also toxic in that nothing was transparent with us. After the thousands of lay offs they combined 2 roles into one and didn’t increase pay or job title. We were then excluded from larger team meetings and email chains and purposely not told information. Worst job experience I’ve ever had. Also no room for growth.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Inspiring work, mess of an organization

      Sep 20, 2021 - Director in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Inspiring work Mission is important Amazing explorers and talent Smart people

      Cons

      Organization has lost its identity after 2 major take-overs (Fox, then Disney) Constantly-changing priorities and focus Never-ending re-orgs and leadership changes, many rounds of layoffs

      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place to make a difference

      Aug 15, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Collaborative colleagues, interesting, meaningful and diverse work

      Cons

      Executive and senior management is a revolving door, constantly changing strategy and priorities

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great interview

      Aug 13, 2021 - Graphic Design in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Respectful, to the point, asked to walk through my previous work.

      Cons

      No cons at all. They were clear and timely.

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