CQ Roll Call Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
20 Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent place to work if you find the right position.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CQ Roll Call full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great vacation policy (especially for those who stick around), good opportunities to learn about Congress and advocacy, great opportunities for young reporters, hard working colleagues.

    Cons

    Poor management (nice people, just don't know what their employees do), limited opportunities for promotion as there has been continual downsizing and reorganizing, pay is not adequate for the area's high cost of living. The business strategy could use a little work, but they might finally be on track now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please invest in the current products that are actually making you money and new products clients want/should realistically already have from us. Also, please learn what your employees do.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Software Products; Poor Management

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CQ Roll Call full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best in class suite of software services

    Cons

    Poor management, no sales training, poor marketing, lack of sales support, horrible leads from AX team and marketing, lots of cold calling necessary, churn and burn type of environment with a retention rate of less than 10% of sales talent hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider making changes to the way the sales team is structured and managed. Current model is "churn and burn" with a less than 10% retention rate for new sales reps.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Slow and stodgy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    CQ Roll Call offers great benefits. New employees get three and a half weeks of vacation (and folks who stay longer can get up to 5 or 6 weeks). However, at least for me the annual salary was quite low.

    Since CQ gets so deep into the weeds of policy, reporters learn how to explain really complex and wonky concepts that competitors often don't. Same goes for legislative procedure.

    Cons

    It is both a blessing and a curse that CQ Roll Call has existed for nearly 70 years. Blessing in that it has so much institutional knowledge, but curse in that it has failed to adapt to the media changes over that last decade...due in part to pure arrogance among management and a culture that's resistant to change. That's why competitors like Politico, The Hill, etc creamed CQRC over the last several years. And CQRC only started to realize it needed to implement changes in maybe 2011. (Even now, it still hasn't really caught up.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times. Better late than never.

    Also, way too many meetings. One department head who will remain nameless liked to hold hourlong monthly meetings with "no actual agenda" (this department head's words). Huge waste of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work if you like constant change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time

    Pros

    Almost everybody on Cap Hill, fed gov and K street are customers. Fast pace and lots of really smart people there. Some outstanding talent in Editorial, IT and Sales. Good technology. Still the best place to work for top editorial talent.

    Cons

    Big changes after Economist Group bought CQ. No new products, just rejigger leg tracking and advocacy ones. Company is setting short term profit records, but is cutting staff to do it and constantly changing direction. Parent company very involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make long term plan. Keep top performers. Launch new products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A great place, once upon a time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time

    Pros

    Still a solid way for a young reporter to learn about Congress and policy.

    Cons

    Management cannot make a plan and stick with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great job, environment in flux

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CQ Roll Call full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good collaborative environment, convenient location, news media industry, decent benefits

    Cons

    Company is struggling to retain market share, at the expense of good product innovation. Company cannot wait 2 years to see revenue return from complete product renovation, which degrades the ultimate quality and usability of the product. Salaries below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Short-term revenue generation is going to cost long-term product viability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ok place to work for 2-3 years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CQ Roll Call full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good vacation plan (3 weeks). Smart co-workers

    Cons

    There has been a lot of turnover in the past year.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Management is misguided, worker bees are great

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    Current Employee - Editor  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Editor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CQ Roll Call full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Talented coworkers who know a ton about politics and policy and are eager to learn more.

    Cons

    Easy to have your hopes dashed when management changes its mind on strategy and direction so frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with a plan. Invest in your people and products. Don't get stuck in a cycle where we lay off people every year or multiple times each year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Constant turnover

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CQ Roll Call

    Pros

    Interesting items to cover on Capitol Hill. Congress can be fascinating, but CQ can also take the fun out of it.

    Cons

    Poor working conditions, overbearing management, lots of turnover. Lots of demands, although it has gotten better.

  11.  

    chaos

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The reporters were professionals trying to do their jobs the best they could.

    Cons

    Management was fickle, personal and unprofessional. They picked favorites and left everyone else out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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