National Geographic Reviews

Updated May 23, 2020

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National Geographic President and CEO 	Gary E. Knell  (no image)
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87 Ratings
Pros
  • "Plus there are always interesting events hosted by NGS explorers(in 25 reviews)

  • "Latest movies that employees can invite friends and family to, fun group activities, great work life balance(in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "low pay, hard to get promotions and lots of lay offs(in 12 reviews)

  • "Poor upper management and lack of vision(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Empowering Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great female leadership and meaningful work.

    Cons

    Hard to move up and lack of diversity.

    National Geographic2019-06-09
  2. "National Geographic Society Digital"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, cool open space office, interesting projects

    Cons

    Frequent management changes, significant turnover

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    National Geographic2020-05-23
  3. "Great mission, too political"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits, extremely smart colleagues from diverse backgrounds/disciplines

    Cons

    Poor management, leaders seem to be in a constant state of insecurity and disabled from supporting their teams well, not much investment in employee growth

    National Geographic2020-04-28
  4. "Great mission, slightly chaotic leadership, subpar benefits and pay"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cafeteria on-site, interesting events and opportunities, great mission.

    Cons

    Lackluster and stingy benefits(health insurance, retirement, etc.) compared to peer organizations. Poor pay unless you are in upper management. Senior leadership gives mixed messaging and seem unfocused on developing a long-term strategy.

    National Geographic2020-03-01
  5. "great for VPs"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Geographic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    positive brand, national recognition, proud history, good location

    Cons

    underinvestment in reputation-guarding activities, interdepartmental resource conflicts fester for years

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    National Geographic2020-02-29
  6. "Amazing people and projects but little to no opportunity for growth"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are interesting, unique, talented, and you can and will learn a lot by working with them. The hours are flexible depending on your manager and the benefits are amazing. The organization has wonderful initiatives and pushes for diversity and inclusion.

    Cons

    There is little to no room for growth opportunities (title changes and salary increases alike). The company is constantly undergoing reorganizations so it's hard for you and your team to get settled into workflows and projects. There is a high turn over of employees so it's hard to keep track of who is doing what roles. They say that they're striving for diversity and inclusion but the majority of Explorers and staff seem to me bearded white men (nothing against them but just doesn't say "diversity and inclusion" to me.

    National Geographic2020-02-12
  7. "Great people, great products"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager/Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart colleagues who are there for the right reasons treat each other well. Wonderful magazines, books, shows, films, and events.

    Cons

    Frequent shifts in strategy and in leadership teams. Re-orgs often as the traditional legacy organization continues to modernize.

    National Geographic2020-01-29
  8. "Bad work culture"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Geographic

    Pros

    Work and life balance, cafeteria food

    Cons

    Lack of diversity and inclusivity Abuse of power from top leadership High attrition

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    National Geographic2020-02-16
  9. "No career path"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Comminications Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Casual work attire & flexible hours.

    Cons

    No growth. No promotions. Pay under industry average across the board.

    National Geographic2020-01-29
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Don't waste your time unless you hate yourself"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Video Production Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Until Disney's benefits come into play 2021, right now it's the benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Company is notorious for making career decisions for you without your input or consent. People who do the bare minimum are rewarded with insane annual bonuses and promotions while people who do the nitty gritty work are ignored. Since Disney's acquisition working for this mission based company has drastically changed, all for the worse.

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    National Geographic2019-12-05
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