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Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Low pay, lack of growth opportunity (in 11 reviews)

  • The work/life balance that was so great in the past is being replaced by a cold corporate culture (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "A mixed bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great mission, media, global reach and potential for positive impact. Some incredibly bright and dedicated people. FOX leadership is a positive, as it has always been in my opinion. They keep the lights one and have for quite some time. If you're "in" then it's a great job, but if not, then the experience can be frustrating and disappointing.

    Cons

    Extremely political and cliquish. You're either part of the group, or not. Not a meritocracy, quite the opposite. It's changed positively in the last few years, but I hear it's still essentially the same in many ways that detract from their potential.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Like family"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Supportive, creative, dedicated, smart staff
    Inspiring work
    Flexible hours
    Generous vacation (pre-Partners anyway)
    Exciting projects
    Decent cafeteria
    Sporadic opportunities for significant advancement

    Cons

    Exhausting, haphazard, dysfunctional and out of date processes
    Frequent upheaval since 2014
    Overworked and overwrought management
    Constantly reinventing the wheel


  3. Helpful (6)

    "worst working environment i've ever experienced"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    some great people that truly believe in the brand.

    Cons

    as others have mentioned, if you're under 40, single and without children you will have a very full plate of work. you will do far more than inept management, you will be paid much less, and if your boss's boss starts to get a whiff that perhaps you're the one doing all of the work, they'll swoop in, take the credit and push you out as fast as they can. the organization is full of people that got used to a cushy non-profit pension-filled lifestyle. they don't want to change with the times and if you rock the boat they'll throw you overboard.

    Advice to Management

    you should be ashamed of the way you treat younger talent. instead of being intimidated try collaborating.


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  5. Helpful (12)

    "If it was a private company I could would have sued them. Maybe I will. Change is hard and they manage it horribly."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with passionate people - many who are now being let go. It used to be great. There are some nice people (even though a few end up trying to backstab you because of the culture there)

    Cons

    If you are under the age of 40, unmarried / don't have kids they will abuse that and underpay/overwork in a weird way of threatening to let you go or not extend employment if you don't take your time off exactly when it's most convenient for some of lazy egotistical upper management. I missed my grandmothers funeral across the country because of some creative executive producer diva who put me in such an awkward situation.

    Advice to Management

    You are messed up. Hire a consulting company that specializes in human capital. Just because you have a well known brand people love and adore doesn't mean you can treat people like crap because you think everyone is replaceable.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Changes - but most are ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    People are great and smart. Work is interesting.

    Cons

    Well deserved promotions aren't hapenning b/c of Fox HR and we're losing good people bc of it.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your people - you are losing valuable knowledge and dedicated workers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "NGC TV (NOT Society)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic (More than a year)

    Pros

    Locally in DC, the people are nice, the company sponsors lots of events for employees.

    Cons

    Own and managed by FOX. Long hours. Lots of staff reductions. Do more with less attitude.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Nat Geo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Geographic full-time

    Pros

    Mission, peers, benefits all good.

    Cons

    Culture of "hey lots of people want to work here; you can be replaced."also allow toxic managers to stay on even when all acknowledge toxicity.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and stop the constant and purposeless reorganization. Make HR more responsive and supportive of staff.


  9. "Records Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My co-workers were friendly and professional.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy in the system

    Advice to Management

    Let people from one department speak to peers in other departments. We had to go through managers. Crazy.


  10. "Executive Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being linked to the National Office in Washington, DC

    Cons

    Small office in Greenwich, Ct


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong Benefits, work from home

    Cons

    Major reorg - numerous restructuring - so be prepared


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