Discover Financial Services is a direct banking and payment services company headquartered in Riverwoods, Ill. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States and ranks #300 on the 2012 Fortune 500. The company operates the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers personal, student and home loans, online savings accounts, and other banking products through its Discover Bank subsidiary, which has grown from $3 billion in direct-to-consumer deposits in 2007 to $26 billion in 2011. The company's payment services segment consists of Discover Network, which processes all transactions related to Discover Card and 30 other card issuers; PULSE ATM-Debit Network, which handles transactions from more than 4,400 issuing banks and financial institutions; and Diners Club International, which supports merchant transactions in more than 185 countries. Discover has operation centers in Arizona, Delaware, Ohio, New York, Texas, Kentucky, California and Utah.
The New Albany, Ohio location opened in 2000 and sits on 51.74 acres of land; it is 320,212 square feet, houses 2,750 workstations and has an employee population of 2,281