USA Today Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
79 Reviews
2.5
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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.  

    Was a ride of a lifetime in the hey days. But that has changed tremendously since 2008

    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 people, hard working, cared about the product. Very professional and committed.

    Cons

    Decline in advertising and overall use of a print medium has taken its' toll

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Politics..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great facility and interesting work. There are still people there that value ethics in journalism.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. Departments and employees seem to be pitted against each other or doing the same work and everyone seems to do things differently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn to work together

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Count on a reorg every couple years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at USA Today full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Big brand, (used to be at least) widely respected for stability and service within ad industry. Today, strong competitive salaries (but wasn't always the case)

    Cons

    Stressed revenue from industry challenge means every couple of years, management will swoop in with a structural change - often blindly back to where they were a few years earlier. Long term, there isn't much future beyond the flash and sizzle of some short term gains on marketing side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Determine what "Usa Today" really is and stick with it, and stop changing / adding new pieces to keep up with the joneses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Graphic Designer in Marketing Department

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    The Marketing Department had a friendly atmosphere which allowed for collaboration. The actual work was somewhat dull but very high profile since it was either published in the paper or on the website. There was a large cafeteria, gym (although membership fees were taken from your paycheck) and a free parking garage.

    Cons

    It's located in the worst place in the DMV area - across from Tyson's Corner Mall. The traffic is unbearable coming from any direction 9 months out of the year. The departments within the company are very segregated and do not see eye-to-eye. This made is very hard to collaborate with other creatives in a different department. There were several layers of management that needed to sign off on creative which prevented several great ideas from being fully realized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your team to have more creative control and stop micromanaging every aspect of the department. Consider working more closely with the other creative teams in Gannett Digital and within USA Today. Give employees who do not work on the newspaper the day after Thanksgiving off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent first job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USA Today

    Pros

    Seems like the leadership has improved recently, but there are still issues
    It's a national news organization, and from that perspective is exciting

    Cons

    Gannett as a company is just terrible to its employees
    USAT has no idea what it wants to be, so it flounders a little

  7.  

    Dying company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USA Today

    Pros

    Great people and strong bonds

    Cons

    Business dying and everyone knows it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Meh..Overrated, Beautiful Building on the outside, nothing much else on the inside.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Finance in McLean, VA

    I have been working at USA Today full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Work/Life Balance, nice cafeteria, decent job security

    Cons

    Location, Miserable management, Bad Morale, Average Salary, Generic Benefits, not much potential for growth in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to improve morale, and continue to coach employees. Also start cross training employees to make them more efficient and versatile instead of keeping them in set defined roles with no opportunity to grow professionally within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USA Today as an intern

    Pros

    Fun
    Work and life balance is reasonable
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    Upper management needs to be more connected with the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Downsizing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in McLean, VA

    I worked at USA Today full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great brand at least it used to me

    Cons

    Downsizing so don't get to comfortable there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a growth strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Generally positive despite pressure on newspaper industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Journalist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Journalist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at USA Today as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The publisher and Editor-in-chief are excellent and have a good plan to transition to digital

    Cons

    Financially constrained and in transition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in experienced and senior journalists

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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