Associated Press
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www.ap.org New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Over the last few years AP has deteriorated from a place most reporters want to work to a place most want to get out of.

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ProsThe so-called prestige to at AP looks good on your resume. Plus, you'll work so hard for a company that is now stretched so thin, you'll especially love your next job.

ConsIt's frankly now just a horrible place to work. Work loads are excessive, the company is so broke its only strategy seems to be to put more pressure on its reporters. Reporters have been leaving the company in droves for the last couple of years, with few if any replacements. Meanwhile, according to the president of the union that represents AP reporters, three recent firings "appear to be aimed at driving fear into the hearts of reporters." And, if that's not enough, the current contract talks are probably the nastiest they've ever been, with staffers facing a virtual pay cut with a tiny salary increase, but with huge increases in health care payments.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement has to pull itself out of its newspaper mentality. AP is first and foremost a newspaper company, run by newspaper people, stuck in a newspaper mentality. You won't get your finances even close to breaking even until you realize you have to find new markets and new sources of revenues. You also have to begin acknowledging that the quality of your product is declining because you're driving the best people out. What talented person wants to worker harder, but make less money? Combined,you're "managing" AP into a continuous downward spiral. Revenues are declining, your reporters are fleeing to the competition, while your customers are also considering going to the competition. This just hastens the downward spiral. Some of you might be aware of this, but are too afraid to speak out. Other managers are just covering ass until retirement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I worked at Associated Press full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Good, smart, likable people do important work with a high… Cons: Cross-departmental relationships amongst senior management are clearly strained. Competing resources… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    I have been working at Associated Press full-time


    Pros: Good colleagues, lot of interesting changes, flexibility Cons: Slow growth in in career Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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