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Print Company Struggling for Its Footing on the Internet

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Associated Press full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Freedom of information, the First Amendment, speaking truth to power -- the mission of the Associated Press reads like the highlights of the founding ideals of America. There are few other companies whose job is to defend the public from the excesses of the powerful, and being part of that work is a real honor.

Cons

The company is run by journalists, who can do journalism really well -- but business, technology, etc, not so much. If the management of AP were to hire some real professionals to run its non-journalism parts, it would be unstoppable.

Advice to Management

If you came to your position after leaving part of the newsroom, you should take early retirement. AP should be managed by people who understand business, not tired hack journalists who moved out of the newsroom because there was nowhere else to go.

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  1. You Can't Spell Cheap Without AP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Associated Press

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities to learn skills transferable to other news, PR and political consulting jobs. Decent pay and benefits. Congenial coworkers.

    Cons

    AP can eat an employee like he or she was a good filet mignon and then spit them out. Bemefits have deteriorated significantly since the 1980s.

    Advice to Management

    When the world economy improves enough _ yes AP is a worldwide company _ restore most of the givebacks required from the technical and news staffs.


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    Dream job turns into a nightmare

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

    I worked at Associated Press full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The AP is great place to work but it depends on the department. There are some amazing and dedicated people working at the AP. For the most part the people are friendly. Most people at the AP are hard workers and are real pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I worked in one of the bad departments. The probelms are many. HR is not be trusted. HR will take no constructive actions to defuse potential conflicts between bad managers and their employees. There isn't sufficient training. and unrealistic work expections. No pay raise. Constant changes and no real sense of direction from management. Departments within the AP are often in conflict with other. No action is taken to punish or get rid of bad managers even after numerous complaints.

    Advice to Management

    AP need better oversight on their management. The company needs to take action against bad managers. There a lot great managers and hard working people at the AP but one bad manager can really cause problems.


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