USA Today Reviews

Updated June 6, 2015
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USA Today President Larry Kramer
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Pros
  • Work life balance was great in that most days allowed me to leave the office at 5pm and work from home during inclement weather when needed (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people, hard working, cared about the product (in 6 reviews)

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

  • Upper management seems disconnected (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Losing faith"

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    Former Employee - Journalist in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Journalist in McLean, VA

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I worked with many talented and dedicated professionals in the newsroom. They cared about doing journalism well.

    Cons

    I was among many employees who lost faith in management. USA TODAY used to be a place where people wanted to work until retirement. Now, an increasing number of employees view it as a stepping stone to other media companies.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees time to do excellent work, and treat staff members fairly.


  2. Worked in Subscriber Marketing department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USA Today

    Pros

    It was a job and got the rent paid. Mostly 9 - 5'ers.

    Cons

    Old school thinking in a dying industry.


  3. Invisible Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Intern - Intern in McLean, VA

    I worked at USA Today as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about working at USA TODAY was the amount of exposure your articles got. Some of mine got 1 million unique page views while I was an intern there. The people were generally pleasant and, if you found the right people, there were some who were willing to be a mentor.

    Cons

    Getting a glimpse into the world of USA TODAY content, I realized that there was a very small staff dedicated to real, hard news and dozens of others dedicated to stupid entertainment pieces. While I was there, there was a rumor going around that someone would get fired if there wasn't a story about Miley Cyrus every day. And that was a true reflection of Gannett. They don't care about quality, they care about clicks. This was very apparent at USA TODAY.

    The other thing is that USA TODAY doesn't offer much in the way of opportunities. Most of the young people working there were contractors making measly money and being forced to report as self-employed on their taxes, which is a serious doozy. And, USA TODAY is outside of the city, which is bad for a young reporter looking to network and become involved in the DC scene.

    Advice to Management

    There's little management can do to change USA TODAY's direction. Gannett is at the helm.


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  5. we'll see how it goes...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USA Today full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the company is really trying to grow and they're approaching their future in a very smart way.

    Cons

    middle management too busy trying to cover their own tails and too busy 'managing up' rather than simply managing, teaching, or inspiring their teams.

    Advice to Management

    the panic rolls downhill and it gets stressful going down a few levels, especially when the worker bees don't know what they're trying to accomplish.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good but going downhill

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    Current Employee - Copy Editor in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Copy Editor in McLean, VA

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I get to work on a product that gets a positive response from consumers. Most people working on the print product are very experienced and experts in their roles. They take pride in the quality of their work.

    Cons

    There seems to be very little thought to the long-term future of the brand. USA Today's reputation was built by it's print product, but the newspaper business is on the decline. Job cuts in print production seem to be based on factors other than quality of work and productivity, with many good workers making average salaries laid off in favor of retaining longtime employees doing minimal work while pulling down six figures. The newspaper staff is still highly skilled but USA Today is losing it's focus as a national paper and content is suffering greatly. The digital staff is mostly young, inexperienced and operating with few guidelines as to copy quality or good taste. Stories mostly go online without any editing process, resulting in many grammar, style and factual errors. Content seems to be based on what's trending on Twitter, which means usatoday.com is lacking in original content and breaking news. USA Today is a follower rather than a leader at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the contributions of your employees, especially in regard to payscale. When staffing cuts are made, base them on professional merit rather than longevity with the company. Demand the same level of quality from the digital staff as you do the print staff; an error on the website is every bit as bad as one in the newspaper. To the CEO: Don't flat out lie to your employees - were journalists who don't fall for BS.


  7. 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 (More than 10 years)

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Eh.

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    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to just about everyone.

    Cons

    Bully environment. Very unkind. Not at all helpful.

    Advice to Management

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


  9. A company transitioning during my time of employment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - National Accounts Director in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - National Accounts Director in McLean, VA

    I worked at USA Today full-time (Less than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. It's a great brand but has management issues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. 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
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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