CQ Roll Call Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. On the right track with a bright future...

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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

    Pros

    CQ is the clear market leader in the government affairs / political affairs software as a service / media space, staffed by dedicated professionals. Sales professionals within the organization are given a large amount of autonomy, and prospective clients know and like CQ Roll Call and its services. The rationalization of the workforce that CQ went through in 2012 is in the past, and new sales management (that has replaced the long-term sales management referenced in some previous reviews) appears dedicated to training, positive feedback, stability among the sales team, and putting reps in place for success. 2 new products this year already, with another launching in April, 2015 means additional opportunity and growth - Feels like a new day at CQ.

    Cons

    The Economist purchase of CQ in 2009 led to a merger with the Roll Call Group, which in turn led to a downsizing of the workforce in 2012 along with a number or reorganizations, which were difficult for many employees to weather (and difficult for the employees who moved on as a result of the downsizing or reorgs.) That instability appears to be over, and the company has experienced a relatively remarkable amount of stability this past year, with significant product development geared towards product improvement, new product, and company growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the current path - new and upgraded products, supportive management practices, stability among the workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Struggling Financially, don't jump on a sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CQ Roll Call full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people are pretty nice. They tend to fire even really good people. Most of the good people figure this out and leave to a competitor.

    Cons

    Leadership is pretty terrible. Editorial is good, most of the business side seems dysfunctional. Although they won't admit it, it seems they are downsizing the company, they are letting a lot of people go. The office used to be two floors and now they crammed everyone onto one floor. There is not much room for career advancement because the company is doing so poorly due to a decline in print advertising revenue. There is no CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage your resources better, manage your employees better. Don't micromanage, it is a huge waste of time. Hire good people and trust your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. On the right track

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CQ Roll Call

    Pros

    Great products (top of market), team approach, good benefits, convenient location

    Cons

    While doing well financially, cost cutting by reducing staff always has an impact. Editorial and business units are too seperate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe more in the teams that work hard for you. Build on the morale.

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  5. Interesting place but weak support for sales

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

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

    Pros

    Policy movers and shakers are customers; virtual work; smart co-workers; leg tracking products do amazing things.

    Cons

    Big cuts in sales and marketing 2 years ago and company can't understand where the sales went. Unrealistic sales goals; no dedicated CRM support or dedicated product engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a plan and stick to it. Build sales-marketing. Stop giving away content you expect reps to sell.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent Software Products; Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CQ Roll Call full-time (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
  7. 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 (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
  8. 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 (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
  9. 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
  10. Great job, environment in flux

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    • Senior Management
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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 (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
  11. 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 (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

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