Dow Jones Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
304 Reviews
3.0
304 Reviews
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William Lewis
27 Ratings

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.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great collaborative environment
    Overall positive attitude by most employees
    Opportunity to contribute from day
    Very flexible with work schedules
    Incredible work/life balance
    Phenomenal benefits

    Cons

    Alot of changes in upper management over the last two years has caused some unrest. Hopefully we have a solid team that will stick around for a while so plans can be seen through to the end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the open plan/open door policy and continue to drive employee with positive reinforcement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very unstable environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Dow Jones as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many of the people are quite nice, and the company is very good about benefits.

    Cons

    In the time that I interned there, I went through three different managers because the other ones had been let go, as had several of my colleagues. There was never a sense of stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing things so much!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, supportive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Jones

    Pros

    team oriented supportive gain lots of experience

    Cons

    none really to mention. All good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    transparency

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  5.  

    Declining industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    Evolving Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 5 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
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    Great brand of the past and present

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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