Discovery Communications fired about 8% of its Silver Springs, DC staff on Monday. According to a Neil Adler article in the Washington Business Journal, it’s estimated that 200 were fired, and since Discovery has refused to give any information concerning the cuts, we can assume that there is no severance package or outplacement service.
The following is from the career section of Discoveries website, it would seem that their current actions might hamper their ability to obtain additional awards:
• One of the 2005 "100 Best Companies to Work For," ranked by FORTUNE Magazine;
• 2004 #1 Best Programmer for Women in Cable, awarded by WICT (Women in Cable & Telecommunications);
• One of the "Top 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers," and Top 10 in 2005, according to Working Mother magazine
• One of the top 50 employers in the Washington, DC metro area, according to Washingtonian magazine; and,
• A proud recipient of the "Excellent Place to Work" seal, awarded by the Montgomery County, Maryland Work/Life Alliance.
“Discovery is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve.”