Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I worked at Business Wire full-time (More than 3 years)
-Good entry-level experience with recognized name. -Quality benefits: rollover PTO, health, vision and dental reimbursement, gym reimbursement, educational allotment. -Good office environment and co-workers in my experience but depends on location. Fellow employees were very helpful in managing stress. -Respectful of work/life balance. When you leave, you leave work behind. I only got a call once outside office hours from a BW employee and had to monitor a client project, briefly, from home one other time. I put in overtime to stay up to speed on rush assignments. -I felt mostly independent. At times, it was like I was an independent contractor but managers and experienced staff were available for guidance.
-If you don't change departments, it is very likely you will be doing the same thing for years. You may get "senior" in your title but promotions are few and take a long time. If you are an editor, you will be doing much of the same work in your tenth year as you did in your first. This works for some personalities but not all. Set your expectations. -Majority of decisions are left to the C-Suite - raises, an employee's updated title, office supplies, even if the office can splurge on lunch for everyone. -Pay is ok. Despite handling the flagship service - editors probably have the lowest salaries. -Dept. infighting and clashes with other depts. -There are BW clients that rely on BW to play Superman and save the day for their poor preparation. Whether that be confirming the correct distribution circuits, signing a contract for an IR site well before the company goes public (not the day after), or taking a project timeline seriously - a common theme is rolling over for a client's unreasonable behavior because of name recognition and the fear they will leave for a competitor. Rush jobs are the norm.
Advice to Management
-Think about new and future employees. Incentives for performance and a long-term strategy that is shared between company and employee can go a long way. -Agile applications are used in some departments - why not train people in these high-level strategies? This will create a stronger workforce not only with increased skills but the confidence that BW is invested in them. -Invest in technology. There are sharks out there that want nothing more than to take BW's clients. Offering huge discounts and cutting fees will only go so far if the client feels tech capabilities are not up to standard. -The quasi policy needs reexamination. There are many employees who have to come in the day after Xmas and Thanksgiving and they really don't need to be there. -Flexible schedules. Employees shouldn't be locked into a shift, especially when they work with clients in multiple time zones.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Business Wire (Miami, FL) in May 2015.
Phone interview was very brief--barely eight minutes long--and the interviewer was very kind and just went over some basic information. It's basically exactly what the job description said it was, it's just reiterated and there's some emphasis in the fact that phones are not allowed in the newsroom.
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Some company news is none of your business and some is everyone's business -- that's where Business Wire comes in. The firm electronically distributes company press releases and other information to news media, online services, and databases worldwide. Business Wire disseminates full-text news releases in more than 200 industry segments. The company operates some 30 offices in eight countries via more than 20 news bureaus. It has partnerships with major news organizations such as Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, and Thomson Reuters ...