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Updated October 4, 2018
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Gary E. Knell
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Pros
  • "Great work/ life balance and team" (in 20 reviews)

  • "It's a fantastic, supportive environment with great people" (in 17 reviews)

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

  • "no work/life balance, little growth opportunities" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    I had the best experience working at National Geographic. I learned so much over the almost five years that I spent there. It's a fantastic, supportive environment with great people. You will feel inspired each day you go to work!

    Cons

    There is not a clear path to career advancement for some roles.


  2. "Was once sustainable"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, people, facility, intent.

    Cons

    Leadership often inexperienced with assigned departments. Unrealistically focused on profit.

  3. "Creative Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    Great mission and get to work with like-minded people who care about the mission

    Cons

    low pay and siloed departments


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart, hard-working people who care about saving the planet. Generally, there's good work-life balance, and there is always something interesting going on with the high-profile work and events.

    Cons

    Senior management lacks purpose and leadership. Priorities change every six months and, therefore, projects are constantly cancelled causing employees to feel powerless and distraught. Power-grabbing and poor communication at the top level pits teams against one another.

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan and stick to it for a few years. Trust the smart people you hire, and they will show results if you let them execute.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Seeing sausage made"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for entry level employees.

    Cons

    Sinking ship with no leadership. Too many masters to please with the Society and Fox at odds.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have been able to work on some really inspiring projects.

    Cons

    The people are incredibly selfish and no one trusts each other. This company rewards failure like nothing I have ever seen before. Someone on my team just decided she didn't like a project and stopped working on it halfway through leaving me with her work. When I brought this up to my manager he said "well you know how she is..." As if that was okay because dropping the ball is just what she does. I have also had my job duties changed several times while working here and although I have been advocating for myself there has been no change in title and compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding failure.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "senior editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting material, international audience, supportive coworkers, great photos/graphics.

    Cons

    Internal upheaval with ownership shifts and split between NatGeo and NGS, creating uncertainty and moral problems.

    Advice to Management

    Protect the brand.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Doesn't live up to the history"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome original offices from 1888.

    Cons

    Management and HR don't care about the worker bees who keep the place operating. Work-life balance is a lie. If you ever have an issue, HR always sides with the management even when management is clueless or biased in their opinions of things.

    Advice to Management

    Your workers are human beings who deserve your respect.


  9. "Important work, incredible colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The daily work is rewarding and makes a difference in the world. The people are kind and supportive, making for a highly satisfying work environment.

    Cons

    The endless months of transition have made for a chaotic present and an unknowable future.

    Advice to Management

    Think longer term and bigger.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    strong brand name and that's about it

    Cons

    management is either cruel or clueless, long hours, favoritism, not much transparency


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