USA Today Reviews

Updated May 5, 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. DSM

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USA Today full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent hours. Usually an easy job.

    Cons

    I dont always agree with corporate ethics. Being micro-managed.


  2. I learned how a news organization works which is generally positive but hard to stay in a place with poor management.

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers, great building and exercise facility.

    Cons

    Horrible executive management and no leadership or training. Working in a matrix is extremely frustrating and trying to get ideas and concepts approved is never ending.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and value their opinion. Promote and reward those who do their job well and are proactive in taking initiative.


  3. Was a great place to work

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

    I have been working at USA Today

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

    Pros

    people are really nice and friendly

    Cons

    hard to move up, a lot of older sales representative who slow things down, terrible health benefits

    Advice to Management

    invest in helping departments communicate with eachother


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not as Robust as One Would Think - Especially in Circulation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Marketing Director
    Current Employee - Regional Marketing Director

    I have been working at USA Today

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

    Pros

    A lot of good hard-working people that you would consider to be friends. Also, a free daily newspaper.

    Cons

    The Circulation Department is marred with many old-time General Managers who continue to micromanage process and operate out of fear and paranoia thinking that they are being constantly watched by HQ. They seem to be more concerned about the perception of their respective market rather than generating results. They've all taken some kind of text book management training course that centers around asking their employees questions they already know the answer to. Processes and systems are archaic and when approached with an opportunity to improve functionality, the typical response is to back away for fear that it might cause attention.

    Advice to Management

    Get your people out of the bubble and look beyond the four walls. Be less concerned about "perception is reality" and focus more on growing the business and developing your personnel.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great colleagues, but ....

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    • Senior Management
    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

    The people I worked directly and indirectly with were top-notch, complete professionals and generally just good to work with. Most everyone is focused on providing the best possible product but pleasant in the process of accomplishing it.

    Cons

    Staffing cuts have led to a general rise in the stress level and have hurt the product quality. More people are having to wear more hats, take on greater areas of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the people right, with respect and courtesy. They are your most valuable resource. They are not cogs to be worn down, tossed out and replaced.


  7. USA Today is a fantastic company hampered by its parent, Gannett, a confused and disorganized media dinosaur.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great office culture, competitive pay and benefits, flexible work schedule with excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Merging with Gannett Publishing is pathetic since the company will not commit to truly establishing one unified company. Management lacks engagement skills

    Advice to Management

    Be more engaging with employees. Set clear goals and have metrics to measure success. Senior management should make clear cut decisions to unify all parts of the company rather than allow each unit to function on it's own.


  8. Marketing Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in McLean, VA

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

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing brand, exciting workplace and content.

    Cons

    Lots of churn, risk of layoff and cutthroat coworkers.


  9. Awesome team!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    I love my co-workers. Could not ask for a better team. Very supportive and willing to teach.

    Cons

    Upper management seems disconnected. The New York office is hard to read and the employees there do not seem as happy. Being a satelite office can be tough because of the time difference. I wish there was some sort of training or on-boarding when I began.

    Advice to Management

    Would love to see management engaging and reaching out to EVERYONE, not just the employees in New York.


  10. 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 (More than 10 years)

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

    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Politics..."

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    learn to work together



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