At Discover Financial Services, 86 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1287 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.61. It was published on Aug 21, 2015. 6587 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
People celebrate special events around here.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
Management is competent at running the business.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.

What They Do

We asked Discover Financial Services to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are a bank holding company that operates a direct-to-consumer banking model without physical branches. Known best for the Discover credit card, we also offer home equity loans, private student loans, personal loans, checking accounts, CDs and savings accounts. 

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: Riverwoods, Illinois
US Sites: 10 Major Locations: Salt Lake City, Utah; Riverwoods, Illinois; Phoenix, Arizona; New Albany, Ohio; New Castle, Delaware
Stock Symbol: DFS US Employees: 14619
Employees worldwide: 15064 Founded: 1985
Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

Discover Financial Services has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Millennials 2016 (ranked 68)

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Perks and Programs

We asked Discover Financial Services to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Smart Appreciation Award: Discover employees can recognize their colleagues with a Smart Appreciation Award, which honors the recipient for living the company’s values. Honorees receive a handwritten note, a $5 coupon for purchases in the cafeteria or campus cafes, and a post on the companywide intranet Praise Page. All nominations are approved, and there is no limit to the number of awards an employee can bestow or receive each year.


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Employee stock purchase plan


  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Dry cleaning
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Banking
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30 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment $6,000 Adoption benefit
60 days Job protected maternity leave


  • Flexible schedule
  • Offsite subsidized childcare
  • Elder care resources
  • Compressed work weeks (0% use it)
  • Lactation room(s)


  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Medical facilities
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center
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How to Get Hired

We asked Discover Financial Services for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We seek employees who are customer focused, can effectively collaborate, and have a passion for doing the right thing. Prospective employees need to be energized by the opportunity to make a difference and to growing their own career. We value diversity and look for individuals who bring unique experiences and perspectives to the work place so that others may benefit. And, we are a company that invests in our communities so we highly desire employees who are willing to support those efforts through volunteerism and community service.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Prospective employees should want to be part of a company where the customer really matters. They need to show their ability and desire to make a difference in the lives of our customers, the business and the community through top-quality service and leadership. They should seek to understand the Discover story, mission and values, and want to become a part of it because they believe, as we do, that we can make a difference every day in some way. Talk to us about results. We seek individuals who with a proven track record of adding value by making great ideas a reality.

Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?

Discover’s hiring process is thorough but unpretentious. For our professional positions, we require multiple interviews with a cross-section of individuals whose roles are related to the opening. Additional rounds of interviews may be required depending on the role. Interviews in these rounds may include a business case or job simulation exercise where the candidate will be asked to walk the interviewer through their approach to problem solving. In our high-volume call centers, we use a unique system where the recruiter facilitates dynamic questioning that prompts a candidate to select from various images that they most or least identify with as a way to assess the candidate’s work-style preferences and areas of interest. An additional skill attributes card sort further helps the recruiter assess the candidate’s strengths and aptitudes. Candidates indicate this unusual approach is engaging and enlightening for them and they often sight it as a major differentiator for Discover.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Throughout 2016, we will be looking to add top talent in our call centers on an on-going basis to support our growing customer base. We will also continue to add Risk Management, Compliance and Audit roles as we continue to strengthen our overall management framework for the enterprise. Information Security talent will be necessary to help us continue to guard against fraud. We also expect growth in our Digital Technology and Marketing, as well as Analytic and Modeling roles as we expand those areas.  

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Interested candidates should visit where they will find current openings, information regarding our culture, our business and what it is like to be a Discover employee. Our website, also provides great information on the organization, our mission and our products under Our Company. Under Investor Relations, candidates can learn more about our business results and see recent company news. Many current employees are active on LinkedIn, so we encourage interested candidates to connect with us to network and learn more. 

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