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USA Today Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
30 Reviews
3.0
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great office culture, competitive pay and benefits, flexible work schedule with excellent work/life balance (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 needs to be more connected with the organization (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Was a great place to work

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

    I have been working at USA Today

    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 ManagementAdvice

    invest in helping departments communicate with eachother

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not as Robust as One Would Think - Especially in Circulation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Marketing Director
    Current Employee - Regional Marketing Director

    I have been working at USA Today

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great colleagues, but ....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Marketing Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Amazing brand, exciting workplace and content.

    Cons

    Lots of churn, risk of layoff and cutthroat coworkers.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome team!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Politics..."

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

    I worked at USA Today full-time (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
  10.  

    Count on a reorg every couple years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Graphic Designer in Marketing Department

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

    I worked at USA Today full-time (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

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