Digital Media Manager (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – October 4, 2017
The National Geographic brand has always stood for excellence. Now, it stands for bad management and miscalculated office politics. It's almost impossible to be anything done here. Buzz words sound pretty but don't accomplish the tasks, but those who use the buzziest of words, are the ones who get rewarded. The culture has become cut-throat and unfulfilling. Not a good time.
Distribution Supervisor, US and Canada (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – March 1, 2017
The salary and benefits were competitive, perks included free museum admission for employees and guests as well as Fox film screenings, occasional networking opportunities and employee happy hours.
Operations department was very, very top heavy. There were way too many Managers, Directors, Senior Directors, VPs and Senior VPs. Senior management ought to be consolidated if they want to save money and be 'more nimble', instead of laying off employees and contracting work. Ironically, there was virtually no opportunity to move into a management role if that was your career interest. Unless you are a friend/golf buddy/"mentee"/ of senior management, don't get your hopes up to rise above being seen as just another "worker bee".
Advice to Management Make an effort to invest in career development for employees. There are many talented people working in various departments that have fresh perspectives and enthusiasm for the brand. Create real mentorship opportunities, not just chances for people to brown-nose senior managers.
Assistant Editor (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – February 15, 2017
Great life work balance. Management only appears when something goes wrong. A lot of hurry up and wait when it comes to the work. Hard to grow and develop, evident that upper management obtains promotions and are not affected by lay-offs.
Broadcast Technician (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – February 17, 2016
I still approach the world with intense curiosity and a passion to learn as much as possible. In both my work and my free time, I constantly explore light using my Eyes and the camera that is always at my side.
I know what it means to be a team player, to put in the long hours and not be in the spotlight. I love to work hard
Creative Marketing and Media Intern (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 28, 2012
•Write show descriptions, press releases, and marketing materials •Maintain and organize regional/international press clippings •Assist with marketing premiums and marketing meetings •Create and maintain programming calendars
Intern (Former Employee) – Washington, D.C. – April 12, 2012
A typical day was very relaxed but there was an air of importance in what was created. I learned a great deal about all levels of the production process and was even able to see my own script, as an intern, on television.
Management was amazing and super helpful. The only issue with Nat Geo is that it seems to constantly get caught up in bureaucracy.
The hardest part about work, as you will find in a lot of entertainment, is the pace. It was at times very slow and at other times very fast. Kinda hard to plan a weekend around that.
The most enjoyable part was absolutely the people I worked with. I also was able to sit in on the conception of a show, help write it, watch it become created, and ultimately watch it on the TV.