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National Geographic Reviews

Updated November 29, 2018
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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. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, PTO, amazing people, product offerings

    Cons

    Being acquired by new companies

    Advice to Management

    I have none


  2. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    Gave interns lots of responsibility and learning opportunities

    Cons

    Direct supervisor-intern management was not consistent for every intern

  3. "Great Org!"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great non-profit organization! Excellent products, smart leadership, upward mobility. 100+ year-old company with stellar reputation. Culture of adaptation as market changes.

    Cons

    Fast-changing sector: media is changing very fast, print media dying, digital media booming--requires constant evolution of skills and strategies

    Advice to Management

    Be fearless in shedding old assumptions and re-inventing the organization--it's the only way it'll survive another 100 years.


  4. "VP Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great collaboration with highly talented people

    Cons

    Lack of empowerment to anyone but senior team.


  5. "PTSD from working with mean girls!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great missions, interesting projects, some employees truly are passionate about their work and good decent people.

    Cons

    Terrible immature managers, insecure backbiting mean girl culture

    Advice to Management

    I worked here as a contractor for about a year. Very quickly I realized that this is there business model; to bring on hordes of poorly paid long term temp workers and give them breadcrumbs in the form of employment stability, always danging full time conversion in their faces but never really doing it. I saw coworkers crying in the bathroom due to being stressed because they had no idea when/if they'd ever be converted to full time after years of working there!

    In addition there is a dangerous culture of mean girls. Some managers are ego-maniacal and have bad tempers. I got yelled at and humiliated and felt verbally abused. Managers bully you and then your equally stressed and insecure coworkers also bully you to make themselves feel better. Because of general insecurity and fear of bad tempered managers, the junior level employees form mean girl cliques and there is a lot of passive aggressive drama.

    My advice, STAY AWAY from this toxic culture. I am still dealing with my bad experience in therapy.


  6. "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    Good mission and brand recognition

    Cons

    Management doesn’t trust staff and company is always going through many changes

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. 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.