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Chronicle of Higher Education Reviews

Updated June 7, 2014
Updated June 7, 2014
7 Reviews

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  1.  

    A great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chronicle of Higher Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smart, friendly colleagues committed to excellence, great pay and benefits for journalism, pleasant office, flex time, work that matters.

    Cons

    Interdepartmental communication could be better. Tight budgets mean few opportunities for advancement and heavy workloads. Upper management should be more aware of potential burn-out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure employees company-wide really understand the core products and the culture of the worlds that CHE and COP cover.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Worst place to work for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC

    I worked at Chronicle of Higher Education full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hours 9-5pm
    24 Vacation Days
    Unlimited Sick Days
    Relaxed Environment

    Cons

    Totally agree with other reviewer: Old Mentality Higher Ups
    The HR department managed one person for years.
    Not the best place for someone starting out in HR.
    You need to be seasoned and even then good luck with introducing you new HR ideas or practices because "its not the Chronicle way". Well the "Chronicle way" has resulted in low morale, next to no pay raises..there is not a bright future for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of senior managers who have been with The Chronicle for years; They are stuck in their own ways and will not bring the company to the next level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Resting on past laurels, bad management, little brand promotion

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chronicle of Higher Education full-time

    Pros

    We get a very generous 24 days of vacation, there's no dress code, and no one is watching you punch the clock. There are a number of smart, talented people here. It can be a lively environment.

    Cons

    The perks by no stretch of the imagination outweigh the very real and substantial cons. Pay at The Chronicle is abysmal and raises for the past several years have been minuscule to nonexistent. If you try to negotiate, you are met with a dismissive attitude that borders on hostile. Employees who have been here for decades earn far more than younger staff members because their salaries were set during the pre-Internet glory days. Advancement is difficult; time and time again, I've seen good people not get their due.

    Management is poor. The company has a new CEO who has been on the job not very long, so it isn't possible to assess him. Our founder is in his 90s (!) and has not officially announced a succession plan, leaving us in the dark as to the company's future. There are several high-level managers who have a penchant for micromanagement and condescension. Founder's syndrome is endemic and this is especially true for our sister paper, The Chronicle of Philanthropy. That paper is currently witnessing an exodus of people that has been a long time coming. Coordination between the different departments of The Chronicle is exceptionally bad as is communication. HR does a disservice to all employees by not keeping your conservations with them confidential—word does indeed reach a manager. The Chronicle also has a bad habit of hiring grossly unqualified people who take months if not years to fire despite multiple employees complaining about their performances. Our technology is woefully out of date and prehistoric compared to what other newsrooms are using.

    Marketing has done a poor job of making the papers well-known outside of their wheelhouses even though what we cover is extremely important. Outlets like Vox, Politico, and Forbes routinely steal our thunder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of autocratic managers who have been with The Chronicle for decades; they lack vision. Pay people decent salaries or at least give them incentives aside from salary instead of effectively telling them they're lucky to have a job in journalism. Sensitivity training would be a huge improvement. Hire smarter marketers instead of the morons who just spout business school blather that means nothing. Two-way performance reviews instead of the insulting top-down approach would go a long way in revealing the many things that are wrong with this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    No ownership, Low reward, but good people

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

    I have been working at Chronicle of Higher Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Lots of PTO (24 days)
    -Friendly people
    -Attempting to create good products
    -Good work/life balance

    Cons

    -No pay raises (ok below inflation pay raises that we're supposed to be grateful for)
    -Departments don't work well together
    -Low Morale
    -People in positions they are not qualified for
    -Bad working conditions (i.e. old chairs, old computers, old cubes and pictures from 20 years ago)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on your company strategy and who can best get you there. Then, clean out the rest. Stop rewarding people for simply being at the company a long time and find people who do the job the best and are qualified for the job. Also, implement a structure that allows employees to move up and get better pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Beyond multitasking

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

    I have been working at Chronicle of Higher Education full-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and good benefits. 24 vacation days per year.

    Cons

    Difficult to get overtime pay even when the workload makes overtime necessary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be worthwhile to put in the effort to be more engaging with staff who are below management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Company Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recuritment Advertising  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Recuritment Advertising in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Chronicle of Higher Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    24 Vacation Days
    Unlimited Sick Days
    Relaxed Environment
    Organization Culture
    Great place to go to get experience before you find something better

    Cons

    Old Mentality Higher Ups
    Too Many Changes Not Enough Consistency
    The Associate Publisher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the talent you have to bring company to the next level. Understand that the print industry is declining and you need to come up with innovative ideas to expand. Dont use your favorites for everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Family friendly company that is doomed to fail

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chronicle of Higher Education

    Pros

    Flex time, 5 weeks paid vacation, 6-month sabbatical for every 7 years of service, many women in senior management

    Cons

    Big discrepancies in pay. The salaries were once so lavish that managers can't afford to leave; they'll never get paid as much anywhere else. Anyone hired before 2000 is likely making over $100,000 -- unheard of in journalism. Hired after that? Different story. The company will eventually go broke because it can't afford its senior management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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