Dow Jones Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
294 Reviews
3.1
294 Reviews
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William Lewis
22 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The pay was on par - Work -life balance respected (in 25 reviews)

  • Good benefits, Providing training classes for employees (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Well it runs rampant under the CEO and others in Senior Management roles (in 19 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Data Strategy

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    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.  

    Technical Intern Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Great brand and products would indicate great opportunity and potential.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Sales
    Former Employee - Director of Sales

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time for 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
  6.  

    Not too exciting.

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    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
  7.  

    Stepping stone

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

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I learned plenty, had fun, and met some of the brightest and coolest people ever. It was a stepping stone that looks good on a résumé, but not a permanent place to work.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, and I was called a "reporting assistant" even though I was in fact a reporter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your talent with better pay.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Too many senior management changes, too frequently.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Dow Jones as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Small but yet not to small company with a good brand name

    Cons

    Decision making is slow. Innovation is hard to come and a lot of influence of NewsCorp

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to a plan and execute it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Stepladder Company

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

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

    Pros

    After Rupert Murdoch's News Corp scandal, the company has taken greater efforts to appear transparent, and provide information top-down about initiatives they are pursuing. There is also some opportunity for training if relevant to your job and approved by your manager.

    Cons

    There is a good deal of turnover at all levels. The environment is political and built upon developing networks, so there is a good deal of ingratiation. At the 1155 building location, the environment is not dynamic. Normally very subdued and stifled. This is the type of place one works at for a year for a title and perhaps a few connections before moving to a more senior management position elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    True commitment to team building (not just emails or an annual mention in a speech) might help engender camaraderie and productive engagement within and between work groups. This could take the form of a periodic (bi-monthly?) meeting highlighting the performance of teams, training, or traditional team-building activities. Currently there is very little real follow-up for these types of programs currently.

    The employee reviews are well constructed, however it would be helpful to have better follow-up with real incentives (or consequences) for later performance. And when possible, responsibilities should be managed based on areas of strength or opportunities for improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great History, Dim Future

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Free coffee and food, benefits are good, lots of time off

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they are doing. DJX was a catastrophic failure. Everyone is ex-Bloomberg, DJ will never be Bloomberg

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and save face

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ship is still sinking

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Good wok/life balance (because things move so slowly). Glad they added maternity leave after Lex left. Your co-workers are the nicest and smartest people you'll ever meet.

    Cons

    But not for long. People are exiting in droves. If you want a job where your opinion doesn't matter, this is the place for you. Management is arrogant and has no idea what they're doing - a bad combination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need some semblance of a thing called strategy; it's not just being reactionary. Copying another newspaper is not a strategy.

    Trust the expertise of the team; don't hand them orders.

    Have someone else besides an HR intern conduct exit interviews. It's insulting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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