Associated Press

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Great Experience, Tough Job

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Former Employee - Reporter
Former Employee - Reporter

I worked at Associated Press full-time

Pros

Greatest bootcamp in journalism, period. Learn how to be a great reporter, to be faster and more accurate than just about anyone else in the game. And learn in trial by fire.

Cons

Bootcamp never ends, and this can feel like a never-ending slog of thankless grunt work. Not a lot of room for growth, union is abysmally backward, salary is almost impossible to live off of in major cities.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Fire half of yourselves.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    The AP ain't what it used to be

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    Former Employee - Newsman in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Newsman in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    * Global news organization.
    * Good name to have on resume.
    * Decent opportunities to move around if you want to.
    * Collective bargaining agreement protects against abusive management.

    Cons

    * Pay is lower than at other newswires.
    * Deteriorating benefits.
    * The current CEO decimated the newspaper chain he led before joining AP by making very poor business decisions.
    * Talent is fleeing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Replace the CEO with someone who has a track record of success instead of failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some very smart people, but many clinging to old ways/era; Earning potential grim

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Associated Press full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management attuned to need for work/life balance; some interesting issues to work on; opportunity to be part of change; generous leave benefits

    Cons

    Salary growth is nonexistent; no clear path for advancement; minimal training opportunities so skills can languish; union environment contentious and resistant to change; many long-time employees too stuck in past era and resting on old ways of doing things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries are below-market, which makes it impossible to imagine staying for the long-haul. If you can't offer better compensation, then you should be actively mentoring employees to expand their skills and job satisfaction. Right now the enterprise is too lean to allow anyone the time/space to learn other aspects of the organization. This is short-sighted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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