Associated Press

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Associated Press Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
106 Reviews
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106 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent working day flexibility and work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Simply the best news organization to work for as a journalist (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Limited mobility in terms of upper management (in 10 reviews)

  • If you are not covered by the news unions, there are little to no raises each year (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    I worked at Associated Press

    Pros

    Paid training. Relaxed supervision. High standards. And it doesn't hurt when they bring in lunch to us at our desks, and round upward in calculating hours.

    Cons

    Don't like needing a new name tag every day as if my employer can't remember who I am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pop for durable name tags.

  2.  

    Overall, an exciting place to work, with an important mission

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Associated Press part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the best aspects of the AP is knowing that getting the news out accurately, quickly, and fairly is an important mission. This probably depends on how you feel about the press in general, but the AP in particular has to serve many audiences, conservative and liberal, domestic and international, large cities and rural areas.

    It is also not an enormous company in terms of total employee count, although it has a wide footprint around the globe.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge facing the AP is its shrinking customer base. Daily newspapers in the US are vanishing and cutting costs, and although the need for a wire service increases as papers cut their own staff, some simply cannot afford to be members of the cooperative. That has lead to challenges at the AP, as they have had to change their focus to some degree away from the traditional newspaper base, and concentrate on fast-breaking online news outlets.

    And many of those also compete with the AP. So the entire company has to continue to cut costs, trim personnel, and consolidate bureaus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication about the direction of the company is meager, although the current president is making an effort to improve that. Within divisions, especially within Technology, there is a still a lot of improvement needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice working env

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

    I worked at Associated Press

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Team members are cooperating

    Cons

    No career progress, no training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company with a great history with a questionable future

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Associated Press

    Pros

    High standards, talented colleagues, variety of work

    Cons

    Training is given to only the privileged few. No clear path to advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage women to apply for promotions. Spread out the training

  6.  

    Little investment in talent - DC office

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

    I worked at Associated Press full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with very smart people, little nonsense and the feeling of working on very important and serious issues in the heart of DC -- politics, elections, Supreme Court, etc. Protection under the Guild, OT pay and getting your stories in front of millions of eyes across the globe is tough to beat. Great camaraderie with co-workers.

    Cons

    Flexibility depends on the editor. Do not expect a raise unless you hold the management hostage with the possibility of another job elsewhere, and even then, don't expect them to see you as an investment, no matter how long you have been there. Much of management think they are better than non-management. And there is little cultivation of career advancement except for those in the inner-circle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your talent. Many people have been very loyal to the AP for many years, only to see little hope of career advancement. Money isn't necessarily the only thing that will keep people there and motivated. A title change or inclusion into different projects would help. Even a simple, "thanks!" or "great job" goes a long way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great talent, but behind the times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Associated Press part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best of the best in journalism. Ethical, thoughtful management. Surprisingly collaborative and share a common mission. Financially sound for the immediate future due to solid leadership.

    Cons

    Lack the internal skillsets and infrastructure to advance the company in the digital space. Lagging in vision and constantly playing technology catch-up. Business model means AP is beholden to their board, and therefore extremely limited.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Freelance

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

    I have been working at Associated Press as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Balance your time and be responsible for your own success

    Cons

    Hard to really get your foot in enough to make a livable wage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Valuable experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Associated Press full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great place to start your career. Good resume builder.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, you may not be able to grow your career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good, but not always rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Associated Press full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong moral compass, a leader in news, always able to set the agenda. Decent stability in an industry perennially in flux. A lot of name brand value and credibility. Good place to learn your trade and reasonable and quick opportunities to move up or on to new positions. Overtime is paid to reporters. Can be family friendly in terms of hours.

    Cons

    Supervision can be limited. Internal recognition is sparse. Not always youthful or full of innovation. An old brand model, that is adopting, clunkily, to the present moment (though at least an electronic medium). Management is making raids on benefits nearly every contract negotiation. Union shop means that you will rarely get a raise outside of the ones prescribed in the contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a better way to integrate youth, innovation and new media concerns into your existing operation. Don't be nearly as resistant to new methods. Strongly consider a standalone web site, as opposed to simply feeding others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience

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

    I worked at Associated Press as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues to work with

    Cons

    Not much space for personal growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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