Discovery Communications
3.5 of 5 222 reviews
corporate.discovery.com Silver Spring, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Discovery Communications Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.5 222 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

Discovery Communications President and CEO David M. Zaslav

David M. Zaslav

(140 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great work life balance, room for growth, smart people to collaborate with"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Large company with great benefits, including telework options"
    in 23 reviews
Cons:
  • "Zero work/life balance where any addition employee perk could not even been enjoyed"
    in 16 reviews
  • "Long hours, but not more so that previous places where I've worked"
    in 10 reviews
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A culture of arrogance and ignorance.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Discovery Communications as a contractor

ProsThey used to make some entertaining programming and it used to be cool to say that you worked for Discovery Channel, at it was back then.

ConsThe shows on Discovery have changed though. The idea of making these shows is to create dramatic "real" programming at the cheapest possible cost, often while compromising employee safety.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart caring about the people that are actually making you money.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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a great learning experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Discovery Communications

Prosthe staff is so friendly and welcoming. i'm happy to work for the company.

Consnot many full-time positions, just lots of contingent workers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great environment, lots of restructuring

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAbility to work autonomously. Great environment, good people. Work is challenging. They promote a lot from within. Benefits (including a nice yearly bonus) are fantastic, such as maternity/parental leave, on site gym or fitness reimbursement (for offices without a gym), company-wide volunteer day.

ConsA lot of restructuring occurring, generally with annual layoffs. Same amount of work but less people to do it. They are moving more towards contract positions which means you continually have to train and work with new people who don't know the process and don't meet the same standards as full time employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with a long term plan and stick to it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Wonderful!

Duplication Technician (Current Employee)
Washington, DC (US)

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for more than a year

ProsCool product, great people, great company!

ConsHours can be brutal, but it is worth it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was a good work-life balance, but not challenging enough

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Discovery Communications part-time

ProsGreat location/easy commute with metro
Very flexible work hours for full time students
Awesome company, with access to a huge media network

ConsNot much emphasis on career development
Not enough challenging projects
No commuter reimbursement

Advice to Senior ManagementMost Interns commute from DC, which ends up being about $7 a day in metro fares or $80+ per month of parking in your garage. Consider reimbursing students who car-pool or take the metro.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Discovery takes advantage of younger employees paying lower salaries.

Producer/Editor (Former Employee)
Silver Spring, MD (US)

I worked at Discovery Communications full-time for more than 10 years

ProsCompany has great name recognition. It was once a very fun filled company but has since grown to strictly value ratings and bottom line over the value of its core which is employees.

ConsThe company has become so very corporate that it has lost its spirit and failed to celebrate the most important resource - the employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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interviewed - no human interaction whatsoever

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Discovery Communications

Prosonly interviewed here, very inpersonal

Consdidn't work here, only interviewed

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Terrible management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time

Prosgood benefits, good pay, flex hours.

ConsManagement has absolutely no idea what they are doing. Basically the prototypical bad managers who are knowitalls who dont share any information, dont lead their employees and dont encourage growth or development. After positions opened up offering opportunities for lateral career development, I was informed through hearsay that the director did not want to fill these positions from within the company. There is no possibility of career advancement, despite much lip-service being paid to it.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a management class.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Major growth corporation still trying to act like a small small with executives not suited for globle business.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Silver Spring, MD (US)

I have been working at Discovery Communications full-time for more than a year

ProsEmployees perks such as onsite health clinic.

ConsZero work/life balance where any addition employee perk could not even been enjoyed.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a lack of leadership in critical functions such as HR that significantly impacts middle management at this company. Talent retention (and not the people on the screens) is non-existent within in critical functions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best company ever!

Production Intern (Current Employee)
Silver Spring, MD (US)

I have been working at Discovery Communications as an intern for less than a year

ProsPositive environment, friendly staff, internship is paid, every one wants you to learn and succeed. Plus the building is awesome

ConsNone, really. It's a bit hard to break into the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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