The Washington Post
3.0 of 5 88 reviews
www.washingtonpost.com Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

The Washington Post Reviews

Updated Apr 6, 2014
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3.0 88 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

The Washington Post Publisher and CEO Katharine Weymouth

Katharine Weymouth

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48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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New but Happy

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for less than a year

ProsCollaborative, intelligent coworkers, meaningful work, clear strategies, potential for growth, great location, good perks, lots of training and development, etc.

ConsIf you come from a small org. you need to get used to a bigger environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe reviews on Glassdoor are a lot more negative than the experiences I have had first-hand. It would be a shame to deter talent from joining the organization based on these negative reviews!

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

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Great place to work for hard working individuals, but needs position itself for the future

Human Resources (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe Post has a very collegial environment. Hard-work and performance are rewarded. The Washington Post is a great brand that is recognized internationally. It's nice to mention your employer and have people recognize it. Increased investment in technology is promising for the future.

ConsIt has a very strong legacy business, which is declining. The future mission is not clear. However, it is clear that The Washington Post is investing a lot of time and energy in the future of the company trying "crack the code" of the media industry/newspaper/technology dilemma and where it wants to place its self.

Advice to Senior ManagementVery much a classic business model hierarchy. Need to figure out the company's new mission. Share the mission with employees. Be transparent. Need to re-structure for the future and try some more modern workplace initiatives.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work - enjoyable, challenging & interesting.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat co-workers, great location, work is meaningful, challenging, interesting and valued. Opportunities for growth and learning. My management team is terrific.

ConsSome areas are stuck in past - this is changing, just needs to be faster.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease tele work and flex work schedules. Make it easy for work to be done form any location - we all need work cell phones and tablets. A good amount of dead weight has been cut. There needs to be salary increases for people who are left who are top performers. Continue to cut dead weight especially within the mgmt ranks.

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

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Fabled news organization, now owned privately, disruptive times for print

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThere is a well-funded pension plan here.
The history of the company is interesting. Watergate, Pentagon Papers, Unibomber papers, all the news about NSA and CIA, anything to do with elections.
The projects can be very exciting and unusual.
There is a good discount on newspaper subscriptions for employees.
A strange new Guaranteed Savings contribution type of thing instead of a large 401(k) match.

ConsThe news industry has been hurt by the free news available on TV and the Internet.
Many cuts have left morale in the dumps, but our new owner (Amazon's founder: Jeff Bezos) is inspiring some hope here. The new owner is NOT Amazon itself, but taken private from the Graham family's publicly traded company (now known as Graham Holdings Inc.).
The 401(k) match (not counting the Guaranteed Savings contribution piece) is only against the first 1% of the employee's contribution.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great co-workers and when you call people, they answer.

Reporter (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for more than 3 years

ProsYou get to be a part of one of the greatest legacy newsrooms on the face of the planet. The people here are whip-smart and very willing to teach you. D.C. can be a great town if it's the kind of place that fits your personality.

ConsDon't be a journalist if you want work-life balance. Especially at The Post, you have to mindful of where you are and the standards that the company name implies. The newsroom can be a bit chaotic, but if you know what you want and you do good work, that rises above all.

Advice to Senior ManagementYounger people tend to be overlooked in the newsroom a bit -- and not just because they aren't willing to put in their dues. A lot of the upper management, and some of the older reporters, are still having a problem with the shift to digital news and all that implies, so in some quarters you may have trouble finding respect for new ideas. That said, there are definitely people who will listen to you, have clout, and are willing to get things done. You just have to find them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The Washington Post is a vibrant organization open to change.

Assignment Editor (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for more than 10 years

ProsSenior management is open to new ideas and willing to allow employees to experiment and try new ideas. The prestige and history of the Post is hard to replace.

ConsI wish there was more diversity in upper management and those identified as "star" reporters, but the organization is aware of those issues and is attempting to address is.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't fall victim to the star system.

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

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Company is going in the wrong direction in the management positions.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time

ProsGood co-workers, hard workering people that are friendly.

ConsVery racists & show favoritism toward certain employees who are not even fit for the postions they hold

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at some of your own workplace harrasment videos that you make all employees watch.

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

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Great, to good, to OK, to barely hanging on

Visuals (Newsroom) (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for more than 10 years

Pros-- It's The Washington Post, and despite everything, it's still one of the 2-3 best papers in the country. That's whether you're a photog, reporter, an editor, or a designer.
-- Generally good, talented people all around, doing work we all believe in. Impossible not to feel smarter at the end of the day.
-- If you started before 2008 you've got a great pension plan and 401(k) match and are probably getting paid pretty well. For those hired since 2009, the terms for these aren't as good.
-- Lots of hope with the Bezos purchase that a capital investment will finally mean an end to the bloodletting (see below).

Cons-- Buyouts in 2012 absolutely decimated the visuals staff w/exception of graphics/web. Now those who remain are doing 2-3 people's jobs, working 10+ hour days but being paid for 7.5 hours because overtime is forbidden. Meanwhile, many of my colleagues are counting the years since their last raise because only a very small number of "merit raises" are allotted every year.
-- Burnout is a huge issue, but there's not a lot of motivation to change that b/c nobody can leave b/c the job market is so awful, and management is aware of this. And if you do leave, there's always a fresh batch of cheap interns right around the bend who are dying to work the long hours just to get a foot in the door. (I was there once!)
-- Awful performance management system... goals are vague, generalistic and unmeasurable/unquantifiable, making the decision as to whether you've reached them at the end of the year entirely subjective. (Which conveniently makes it easier not to give people a raise.)
-- One epically poor management promotion left a lot of the rank and file scratching their heads and then feeling terrorized. That has been reversed now but the effects are still felt.
-- Nepotism is a bit of a problem (hiring of friends, spouses, etc., sometimes without posting the position). Very talented people, but it's still against the Post's rules. They get around this by hiring on contract.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't promote individuals who have no business whatsoever managing people. The news biz is hard enough already.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Refreshing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time

ProsGreat environment that appreciates valuable input, very consultatitive business, well-structured, management is sharp, excellent benefits, the transition with the Bezos acquisition is going very well - has left a great sense of excitement among the Post, great opportuntiy to work with smart people.

ConsParking can be difficult if you don't care to metro

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

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The Post is a great place to gain some experience but it's difficult to climb upwards.

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Flexible work hours
- Great brand name
- Ability to move within the company
- Exciting workplace

Cons- Not much opportunity for growth
- News industry is uncertain
- Unionized workplace does more harm than good

Advice to Senior ManagementTake advantage of your younger talent. They are the future of the company but you are losing them by not allowing them to grow.

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

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