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Fabled news organization, now owned privately, disruptive times for print

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

There is a well-funded pension plan here.
The history of the company is interesting. Watergate, Pentagon Papers, Unibomber papers, all the news about NSA and CIA, anything to do with elections.
The projects can be very exciting and unusual.
There is a good discount on newspaper subscriptions for employees.
A strange new Guaranteed Savings contribution type of thing instead of a large 401(k) match.

Cons

The news industry has been hurt by the free news available on TV and the Internet.
Many cuts have left morale in the dumps, but our new owner (Amazon's founder: Jeff Bezos) is inspiring some hope here. The new owner is NOT Amazon itself, but taken private from the Graham family's publicly traded company (now known as Graham Holdings Inc.).
The 401(k) match (not counting the Guaranteed Savings contribution piece) is only against the first 1% of the employee's contribution.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great co-workers and when you call people, they answer.

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    Current Employee - Reporter  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get to be a part of one of the greatest legacy newsrooms on the face of the planet. The people here are whip-smart and very willing to teach you. D.C. can be a great town if it's the kind of place that fits your personality.

    Cons

    Don't be a journalist if you want work-life balance. Especially at The Post, you have to mindful of where you are and the standards that the company name implies. The newsroom can be a bit chaotic, but if you know what you want and you do good work, that rises above all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Younger people tend to be overlooked in the newsroom a bit -- and not just because they aren't willing to put in their dues. A lot of the upper management, and some of the older reporters, are still having a problem with the shift to digital news and all that implies, so in some quarters you may have trouble finding respect for new ideas. That said, there are definitely people who will listen to you, have clout, and are willing to get things done. You just have to find them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The Washington Post is a vibrant organization open to change.

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    Current Employee - Assignment Editor  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assignment Editor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Senior management is open to new ideas and willing to allow employees to experiment and try new ideas. The prestige and history of the Post is hard to replace.

    Cons

    I wish there was more diversity in upper management and those identified as "star" reporters, but the organization is aware of those issues and is attempting to address is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fall victim to the star system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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