Associated Press Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
96 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.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Associated Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very open minded, trust in employees - and a lot of opportunities to grow up.
    Ver good shifts - easy work-life balance.

    Cons

    Office is quite silent - which is good for focusing, but can be a bit overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A bit more work culture at the office could be very helpful for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent experiences with hard work

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    Former Employee - Video Producer  in  Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Video Producer in Seoul (South Korea)

    I worked at Associated Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Simply the best news organization to work for as a journalist. Money isn't that great, but a lot of opportunities to travel around the world.

    Cons

    When a news breaks, you're likely to have no life. You gotta have a passion and pride for journalism. Period.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Vote Entry Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Associated Press part-time

    Pros

    Very nice people. If you are a hard worker you will move up. They are very enthusiastic and fun people to work with

    Cons

    Election time can be extremely stressful. There are some people who do not do their part so you will have to do it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stringer

    Current Employee - Stringer
    Current Employee - Stringer

    I have been working at Associated Press part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great part-time job for someone wanting additional journalism experience either as an upperclassman in college or later on.

    Cons

    Autonomy can be a positive or a negative, depending on how much supervision you want/need/seek.

  6.  

    Second Family

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Associated Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Great Co-workers
    * Great pay
    * Great benefits
    * Feels like a 2nd family

    Cons

    *No room for growth as they are on a hiring freeze

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Take calls from stringers and input the voting results from counties in the 22 states

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    Former Employee - Vote Entry Clerk  in  Cheney, WA
    Former Employee - Vote Entry Clerk in Cheney, WA

    I worked at Associated Press as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with people at Associated Press, it was very friendly environment

    Cons

    It was only 2 day job, I wish I could work more at this job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was great opportunity to for for Associated Press

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work but Corporatism threatens the future direction.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Associated Press

    Pros

    I was very proud to work for the AP. I really loved the AP's sense of mission. You really felt like you were in the center of the universe. So many talented people worked there. It was a honor and a privilege to work with them.

    Until recently the job stability was fantastic.
    The work/life balance was great.
    I had no problem scheduling doctor appointments or errands.
    The health insurance benefit is fantastic.
    The other benefits are also good.
    I loved my time there.

    Cons

    The company tries to try to do things on the cheap, with uneven results.
    Management's decisions seem short sighted.
    Initiatives often die on the vine.
    Way too many managers and not enough line workers.

    Current upper management wants to convert the AP from a non profit to a fortune 500 company.
    Shifting of focus towards entertainment and less substantial offerings.
    The job stability that existed is a thing of the past.
    Economics presently seem to outweigh all other considerations.
    The union is becoming more accommodating to management whims with every succeeding negotiation.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that the AP is becoming a regular for profit company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I ask the AP to remember it's core mission.
    The AP has always served a public good - providing the world with factual information.
    That mission is more important than profit.
    Do not forget the well being of it's talented reporters, photographers, technicians, and support staff.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The AP is one of the media companies that will definitely make it through the current crisis successfully.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Associated Press

    Pros

    It is a mission driven organization, and hte mission is shared by the seniormost executives. This is critical to the effectiveness of the organization. In addition, the AP has an economic driver for objectivity. As a b-to-b provider of content, objectivity allows the AP to see the same breaking news to the New York Times as it does the the New York Post. Similarly, it benefits from selling to both the Washington Times and the Washington Post. Huffington.come and the DailyStandard.com. I haven't yet found another ocmpany with this kind of driver.

    Cons

    It is not a publically held company, so there is no company stock. These days, that may be a plus, now that I think of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Leading the media world

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    Current Employee - Decline to State  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Decline to State in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Associated Press

    Pros

    The most stable environment in the media world right now. Good salary and benefits. A worldwide reach for your work.

    Cons

    Like any media company, the hours can get long and it can be a bit of a grind at times. But the scheduling is a lot better that it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep changing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent company with lots to learn on how the news media works.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technology in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Professional work environment, friendly atmosphere, cutting edge & fast paced. Co-workers are always willing to help when needed. Work is plentiful as the news never sleeps.

    Cons

    The work hours are long. Sometimes it feels like the shifts are never ending. Communication could be better between departments. As with any work place, drama ensues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand and listen to what's being said by the people who work hard to make the company successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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