Dow Jones Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
301 Reviews
3.0
301 Reviews
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William Lewis
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The salary was amazing, and the work/life balance incredibly fair (in 27 reviews)

  • At the time I worked there, there were very good benefits, vacation and work/life balance (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Well it runs rampant under the CEO and others in Senior Management roles (in 20 reviews)

  • uncertainty as to what upper management is doing (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Data Strategy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Jones

    Pros

    overall relaxed vibe. Nothing too serious on deadlines.

    Cons

    non too much responsibility for entry level workers

  2.  

    Declining industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Management in New York, NY

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with DJ is a challenge. If you are willing to work extra hours and put the effort in to overcome obstacles you can succeed. In the current environment you are asked to do more with less. If you are amenable to working in a declining business, there are opportunities. News Corp (DJ parent company) is one of the last players standing.

    Cons

    It is difficult to succeed and prosper in a declining industry. There are additional issues working within DJ relating to their obtuse philosophy and the entrenched DJ management's refusal to accept working under News Corporations umbrella. Ideas and proven business practices that are prosperous worldwide were obstructed and rejected at every step of the corporate integration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt and accept change.
    Dinousors do die off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Evolving Experience

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

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Got lots of responsibility, opportunity to work on projects that taught me new things.

    Cons

    Reorganizations create a sense of uncertainty. No budget for training off location.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great brand of the past and present

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people who do things the right way. A genuine support for journalists over any other part of the business.

    Cons

    The company has peaked and there is nothing in it's current plan that places a bet on a major move up. All that remains is the obvious major moves down. (loss of print revenue)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the lead in defining what journalism is (and requires) in the post print era.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 10 people found this helpful  

    Management ruined a great team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There was a point during which I loved working here - the team was full of very smart, very talented and, most importantly, very cool people. I loved going to the office because of these people and I made lifelong friends.
    The salary was amazing, and the work/life balance incredibly fair. It also had the potential to be a great opportunity - the Wall Street Journal is one of the top publications in the world, after all.

    Cons

    About 8 months ago, there was a change in management and not for the better. From a team of 20+ people, there are about 3 to 4 left, and those only because they haven't found another gig yet. I'm not exaggerating.
    The management is obsessed with themselves and their own ideas, to the detriment of the product. They have actual, diagnosable personality disorders and it's amazing that they've gotten this far in life without getting them treated. I'm not saying this as an ad hominen attack or just to be obnoxious - this is true, and it gets in the way of work.
    They've created an inhospitable environment, not only for creatives, but for anyone. You are actively encouraged to not think outside the box. Management talks behind people's backs and says very inappropriate, hateful things (like "what the f*ck is this sh*t?" about your work, and "I can't stand XYZ" to everyone except XYZ themselves).
    Every single person that has left in the last 8 months (about 16 people) has had an exit interview with HR. We have all expressed the same complaint and mentioned one, specific person by name. His response? This is a real, direct quote: "I had a talk with HR and they know that I'm the most important person in the company." You see what I mean when I say that they have disorders? Oh, and the last few months, our exit interviews have been conducted by an HR intern who has been with the company for 3 months. So I guess they know they're doing something wrong. But it doesn't matter anyway, because they're all best buds with the CEO.
    And to top it all off, our bosses' bosses (the management) are NOT EVEN GOOD DESIGNERS. WHY AM I TAKING DESIGN ADVICE FROM SOMEONE THAT IS SO BAD AT IT??

    You can check reviews for the Wall Street Journal too - some of us wrote reviews here (since DJ was technically our employer) and some there, but they all say the same thing. And if you see a job ad for a creative position for the WSJ website, DO NOT apply. Don't waste your time, mental health or skills on a place that won't appreciate them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When the people actually building your product - professionals who have devoted their lives to doing it right - are telling your something, maybe you should take your head out of your behind and listen. It's very short sighted to try to push through your dumb ideas which will ultimately fail and not contribute anything to the company's success.
    "Im British and it's part of the culture" is not an adequate excuse for your mean and nasty attitude. It's leaves a particularly foul taste in one's mouth when you get sloppy drunk and go on and on about how great we all are, and then show up the next day and talk about how much you actually hate us. This non-exactly-anonymous review might skirt the line of being unprofessional but you really set the bar at entirely new heights.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    I had a great run at DJ, but upper management is clueless. The old adage "sh*t floats up" is alive and well here.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits. The people. They are few and far between but there are some great managers there.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Experience doesn't seem to count for much. The presence of a union creates an "us vs. them mentality," which prevents a cohesive, united business culture. You can be told you are supported by management, but if HR gets a hold of management, the tune quickly changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will hire and maintain the best talent if you allow them to participate in decision making.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Intern Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Intern
    Current Employee - Technical Intern

    I have been working at Dow Jones as an intern

    Pros

    Big company, so big name, especially for an intern. The NYC office is fun and there is a lot around.

    Cons

    The management of the company was going nowhere. I had an offer to continue full time, but my intern experience was very unorganized. My team was not very responsive and neither were other teams. The happiness of the off was very low, and the tension was always high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back on track as a corporation.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not too exciting.

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

    I have been working at Dow Jones

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Flexible of schedule

    Cons

    No room for advancement or promotions. no mentorship program for all employees. not enough diversity in management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company. Invests in internal systems but won't on talent.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities. Leading the way in the industry with the adoption of new tech. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Poor salary. Inevitable decline of the industry has most of the employees lacking motivation. It's just a matter of time before there are significant layoffs once again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate. Better communication. Satellite offices are excluded in most corporate events leading to doubt and lack of inclusion in company philosophy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brand and products would indicate great opportunity and potential.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Sales
    Former Employee - Director of Sales

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Known for excellence, integrity, and the best products in financial information services; owns the most dominant media brand in the market, The Wall Street Journal.

    Cons

    Silos: needs investment in vision, people and culture - if not one of the larger brands within the corporate structure, you lack mobility, and if you are part of the larger brands, the sales comp plans do not provide the upside you expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide vision, cohesion and direction to all groups. Reward the rainmakers with incentives as they champion the brands and the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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