USA Today Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
78 Reviews

2.5
78 Reviews
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USA Today President Larry Kramer
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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.  

    Think carefully before accepting an offer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I worked at USA Today full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great for gaining experience to take with you to another employer in a different industry.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Think before accepting a position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Damage to corporate culture is extensive and it would be very difficult to turn around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Eh.

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

    I worked at USA Today full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to just about everyone.

    Cons

    Bully environment. Very unkind. Not at all helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be organized. Be communicative. Don't be bullies. Editors there aren't very kind or helpful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It's a great brand but has management issues

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

    I worked at USA Today full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    lots of opportunity to work on many projects
    constantly changing
    great campus

    Cons

    at some point there is no place to move up
    benefits besides the onsite gym aren't competitive
    Very little respect for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your employees they are what makes you successful. Treat them poorly and it reflects on you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A company transitioning during my time of employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - National Accounts Director  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - National Accounts Director in McLean, VA

    I worked at USA Today full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    During the year I was employed at USA TODAY, Larry Kramer became President and Publisher. I thought he had a great direction for the company, and he seemed genuinely dedicated to making the brand relevant in a digital age. Some of the people there were wonderful to work with, so depending on your team or department, it could be a great place to work.

    Cons

    There are some great innovative and collaborative people that work there, but innovation and collaboration weren't encouraged in my department. My department was print-focused despite Larry Kramer's external communications about USA TODAY focusing on a digital future. Within my department, people did not seem to move up or move on, so it seemed maintaining "status quo" was the priority. We were encouraged to report on one another, so I felt there was little to no trust or support within the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From what I understand, some restructuring continued after I left. I believe that probably addressed some of the "cons" I described above. I hope they are making an effort to identify staff that are dedicated to Larry Kramer's vision for USA TODAY, and are finding ways to keep and utilize them better. Before, the various departments at USA TODAY didn't seem to work together often (at least mine didn't), and I feel that might have helped as well.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A valuable learning experience that convinced me that that now is the wrong time to work for a traditional media company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at USA Today full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to interact with. Fun and lively coworkers who are passionate about sports. Very flexible work environment in terms of dress code and schedules. There are TV's around the office with sports on TV so you're constantly immersed. Lots of knowledgeable people to learn from.

    Cons

    Newspaper company in a digital era. High-inertia and painstaking bureaucracy. Compensation is pathetic given comps across the industry. The hiring processes are very incestuous and you'll find that almost everyone is in their job because they previously worked with someone at ESPN or Yahoo. Makes for some issues regarding complacency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your best employees and plan for 5-10 years out, not just next quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Dysfunctional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USA Today

    Pros

    Familiar brand to large audience

    Cons

    Distrust, poor internal communications, fear.

  8.  

    no vision

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USA Today

    Pros

    Employees are great to work with

    Cons

    Lack of overall vision for the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop more of a vision, guidance and development for employees.

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

    I have been working at USA Today full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working for a national media outlet is exciting. Physical work space is exceptionally nice and has a fabulous gym.

    Cons

    I am one of the scores of people who took a buyout last year so my comments reflect how things were when I left, which was dismal. Radical cutbacks and layers of new management have created a culture of desperation and overwork. Concerns about quality have disappeared in favor of quantity of output. Lean and mean is an understatement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop slashing newsroom staff, invest in content creators (reporters!) and pay as much attention to quality as quantity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not if they paid me double

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator

    I worked at USA Today full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Regular hours. Great immediate boss.

    Cons

    Constant furloughs. Workforce reductions. Not investing in employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many Indian chiefs and not enough Indians. You need to shed more top management and focus on line labor. They are being stretched to the limits with the cuts. Operations are not getting done. Very inefficient practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Awful

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

    I have been working at USA Today full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, constant management changes. No real vision. No opportunity to be promoted within. New management is brining in "their crew". Run more like a cut-throat Conde Naste environment, then a well oiled ship. Watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the brand and not keeping your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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