U.S. News & World Report Reviews

Updated May 28, 2015
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  1. U.S. News Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. News & World Report

    Pros

    -Ability to create own schedule as long as you work your hours -Ability to work remote -Beer Fridays and Breakfast Mondays -Fun people -Great location

    Cons

    -Pay is low and increases are though to get

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees with better pay considering that the cost of living in D.C. is very high


  2. Good early career experience, Not great for long more than a couple years

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editorial Staff in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    U.S. News & World Report is still pretty well known. For reporters, that means a lot of great access. The editors give their reporters a lot of autonomy in choosing stories.

    Cons

    The morale of the workplace was pretty dismal. There was an expectation from management to churn for traffic growth, with minimal encouragement to produce quality, enterprise work. It seemed as if everyone just wanted to speed out the door ASAP every evening. They didn't give any raises (not even a COLA) and there was little money available for reporters to travel or cover events outside of the DC metro area.

    U.S. News & World Report Response

    Aug 15, 2014 – Sr. Vice President, operations

    This comment was probably had some validity during the difficult years as we transitioned from print to digital. However, the company has been very successful in making the transition. Moral is ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    Smart people, hard times.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ad Operations
    Former Employee - Ad Operations

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest, nicest, funniest people I've ever worked with. I made true friends here. This was the best job I'd ever had up until that point. Was given a good amount of autonomy to make advertising decisions (at least at the beginning). Management was competent and agreeable. Really listened to concerns. Excellent work/life balance, generous vacation policy as long as you finished your work. Opportunity to learn by going to conferences (at the beginning of my tenure).

    Cons

    Once I was switched to a new team, job quality went downhill. Wasn't allowed to make any important advertising decisions unless my new manager (who did not come from an online advertising background) could sign off on it. Pay lower than average for the field and area. Very high turnover among the journalists in DC and sales in NYC. Too much infighting between editorial and sales made it very difficult to get new, innovative ad technologies through. A lot of people who didn't understand or care to understand the advantages of various ad tech products that could increase revenue for the company. A dying brand and no longer considered a serious news company in DC circles. The business lies in its education, auto, and hospital rankings. Content is simply fodder for pageviews and ad dollars. Very little chance for advancement, especially for women.

    Advice to Management

    Laying off the VP of Sales was a good start. Hire sales and ad ops leaders who are native to digital and understand ad tech. Incentivize sales to actually sell premium products and not rely so much on third parties to monetize Invest in a solid data management plan. Between all the products, the ad inventory, and traffic data, there's plenty of 1st and 2nd party data to analyze and derive insights from. The CEO is a good guy but should be more resolute when it comes to decision making, particularly in resolving intradepartmental disputes.


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  5. Tough times ....

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    Former Employee - Web Producer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Web Producer in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally, the folks that work here are good people. At one time it was a pretty vibrant place, but since the ad market fell apart they can't really afford to do journalism anymore.

    Cons

    They've lost site of their editorial mission and let go of most of the senior writers and editors. It's sad to see them morph into being just a cheaper version of Consumer Reports.


  6. Good, but not permanent

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Web Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Front End Web Developer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. News & World Report

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people work here, and management is solid at providing for the employees what they need. The technology given, at least to IT staff, is very nice (powerful macs).

    Cons

    The web infrastructure is confusing. The site is built on several different frameworks, and redesigns have been implemented in pieces, then new redesigns are started in different areas. Things are hacked together just to get it working. There's new effort to consolidate code and make this better, though.


  7. Bad Communication

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits/work-life balance. Very easy going when you have to take vacation or do something for your personal life- better then other companies

    Cons

    No internal reviews or chats about how you're doing you job good or bad. They keep on many employees that have no skills and lay off people who are actually doing their jobs

    Advice to Management

    Better communication, hard place to work because some of the managers are disrespectful to many employees. It's hard to feel respected when your coworkers aren't.



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