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USA Today Reviews

Updated March 2, 2014
Updated March 2, 2014
77 Reviews

2.6
77 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Work/Life Balance, nice cafeteria, decent job security (in 6 reviews)

  • I think it is a great place to work (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Little to no interaction with fellow interns (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management needs to be more connected with the organization (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Big brand. Tons of incompetence.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Not many. Pay was pretty decent. Office space was nice. But I need more than that.

    Cons

    Management really does not understand digital. There's little to no room for new ideas and thinking. Lack of technology expertise holds the company back in a major way. The "C" students typically stick around and put up with it. The "A" students need more opportunities and decide to move on eventually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire your friends for big positions, just because they're your friends. Hire competent, exceptional talent that can get the job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Headline: Newspapers are on the way out!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    Nice fellow employees, weekends off, major holidays off. If you like looking over your shoulder and wondering if you are next...this is the place for you!

    Cons

    Young people are not buying newspapers--and so you are just servicing folks over 65 and the industry is dead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a new job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not too optimistic about the future of this place...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice building, gym, and cafeteria. Some people on the digital side are forward thinking, but the dinosaurs make it very difficult for them to make any positive impact

    Cons

    Lack of clear strategy, terrible corporate culture, benefits were bad, and got worse with new healthcare plans, resistance to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are very out of touch with the employees. You need to share a strategy going forward that people can rally around

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  5.  

    News reporter

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Reporter in McLean, VA

    Pros

    cant think of any pros other than a paycheck

    Cons

    Horrible place to work, no work life, horrible management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Was a great place early 2000's

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great to have on your resume
    Meet notable clients
    Great work friends - if they don't stab you in the back
    I loved what I did

    Cons

    Brought in a bunch of MBC execs, who then brought in a bunch of ex Conde Nasty execs. Proceeded to make work a living hell. Everyone was scared, back stabbing, jealousy, poor morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and realize your bullying tactics don't work. Treat the employee, who have been there for a length of time with respect. They've been there, done that, so can probably tell you what will and won't work. Especially those out in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I was a founder of the newspaper in 1982, gave them 30 years of loyal service, then was discarded like trash for money.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Editor  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Used to be a good company

    Cons

    Duplicitous, incompetent management. They treat employees like garbage and make up for all their business mistakes by punishing or firing employees who actually do the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loyalty matters. Just shedding older workers and hiring young neophytes is not a recipe for success. Cutting expenses, including workers, is not how you grow. It just buys you a couple more years. Come up with a real plan (although I do not believe you are really capable of this) then invest in it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer
    Current Employee - Programmer

    Pros

    The campus, there is not much else other than a few very honest hard working individuals that are worked to the bone without any appreciation.

    Cons

    Over the last several years that I have been employed here the company has been through countless leadership and reorgs, all of which have flopped.

    Directors and Sr Managers are all about themselves, I would love to list some names but won't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake-up, what goes around comes around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Rats from a sinking ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you like large bureaucratic organizations, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    The newspapes is stuck in the past and, being entrenched in their old ways, finding it practically impossible to make the jump to the internet.

    The paper is riddled with old time thinking -- the brightest and the best have left it behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that your asset is credible, researched journalism; make it readily available at a reasonable price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    USA TODAY - not worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great paper, site and content

    Cons

    Gannett parenet company doesn't care about USA TODAY and print folks run the asylum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the revenue and the future. Paper on last legs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent product, but management lacks vision to turn an old newspaper business into digital business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY

    Pros

    brand recognition in market and quality of websites

    Cons

    too focused on print and lack digital vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management with digital experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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