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Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated 10 August 2014
Updated 10 August 2014
274 Reviews

3.6
274 Reviews
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Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav
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174 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I was given so many great opportunities - from growing in my career to having a great work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Large company with great benefits, including telework options (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Zero work/life balance where any addition employee perk could not even been enjoyed (in 19 reviews)

  • Upper management that does not listen to the feedback of its middle management (in 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor  in  Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Miami, FL (US)

    Pros

    This place is great to work at, the people, the culture, the benefits. In my time woking at Discovery, I have been provided with the training and tools to allow me to grow, as well as the motivation in yearly bonuses to stay committed to do better every year.

    Cons

    You're never 100% happy with any job, but if I have to say that there's one thing I don't like about this company, it would have nothing to do with my job; I would like to get back the smart Discovery programming we used to have, and stop catering to the hillbilly audience. Again, that's just my own opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch Cosmos. Discovery should have done that, not NATGEO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Culture is great. Easy to learn and move. The company truly invests in you if you make the investment in them. I have loved every minute at Discovery. Aton of career guidance and introductions are offered.

    Cons

    Take advantage of everything offered as an intern. It seems like it is less accessible if you get hired full time regarding introductions and "special' treatment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I enjoyed the time that I worked at Discovery Communications!!

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    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist  in  Silver Spring, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Silver Spring, MD (US)

    Pros

    I worked as a temp, however, based on what I'd seen, it is very corporate with additional benefits as an entertainment environment.

    Cons

    Typical corporate politics, however, very entertaining.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work for low-end salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Number one media company in the world. Work with the most creative people in the business. Company has outstanding benefits and great work environment. Always something fun going on. Great resume booster and where you work will always be a dinner party conversation topic.

    Cons

    So many people want to work there and are willing to undercut on salary that the pay is significantly lower relative to what you can make at a less prestigious company. Pay isn't everything and it's a great place to work. Just don't expect to be jumping into a basement full of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Silver Spring, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD (US)

    Pros

    Great name recognition, interesting and exciting business. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Culture of adhoc business practices. Chaotic management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a PMO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for with wonderful work-life balance, however, not a lot of room for growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great with awesome benefits. They have a great maternity program and offer quite a few extra programs (like exercise classes or seminars) at no cost to the employee.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for career growth. Job description does not reflect the position and we do not get credit for the work we are doing by senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review growth options for all employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Strong Leadership. Great focus and a leader in the international cable market. Forward thinking. Great people and a fun environment to work.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities in the regional markets. Not a lot of opportunity to advance once at a certain level. A lot of change in the IT/Digital area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on growth and innovation and make sure to involve employees at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ad Sales  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Ad Sales in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Top rated programming, great brands, supportive work environemnt, challenging. Discover is a great place to launch your media career. Great corporate culture, management puts great emphasis on work, life balance.

    Cons

    The career path for someone in Ad Sales is very clear but seems very hard to actually move up in rank to become an Account Executive. Some of the work performed by Sales Assistants seems a bit mind numbing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid media company where people are driven.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Silver Spring, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Silver Spring, MD (US)

    Pros

    The people are smart and the company invests in keeping its employees happy and healthy so that their effectiveness is maximized.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, and the bottom line is always looming. Layoffs happen quickly and quietly, which creates a great deal of anxiety around personal performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Video Editor  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Video Editor in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    Well, the benefits were reasonable.

    Cons

    Well, the hours could be high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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