Politico Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Good job for jumping into your career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Politico full-time

    Pros

    You have access to great sources and even the office-based positions bump elbows with big names fairly often. You'll develop a keen eye for news.

    Cons

    There isn't a whole lot of opportunity for advancement and any opportunity really depends on your connection to higher-ups.

    Advice to Management

    Value all levels of employees and work to make the culture more positive.


  2. Helpful (4)

    uninspiring developer sweatshop

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart People. I've worked with some of the smartest people I've ever worked for there.....but.....see below. Good Benefits Good Pay

    Cons

    Toxic environment due to culture of management treatment towards employees. *VERY* high turnover. The smartest people tend to get driven off quickly. Zero career opportunity. When there is an opportunity for promotion, the position is open to be applied for by anyone. Including marketed as an open position on their website. There is no middle management in the technology dept. Ok, there is, but they have no power besides writing your review (those don't happen either). The CTO (Scott Rothrock) of the company does not work through his management, he works directly with you. Creativity is punished. If you have an idea, good or bad, it's generally bad for your career to speak up. All decisions big and small are managed through the CTO (Scott Rothrock). Generally with no discussion. If you want to make a real difference and feel you have ownership, this is not the place for you. Jobs are threatened frequently. "If *x* happens people are getting fired" in open meetings isn't uncommon to hear. Frequent vacation freezes. CTO (Scott Rothrock) and upper management have both taken 1+ week vacations during vacation freezes they implemented. Terrible for moral and a bad example. Remote work is no longer allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Provide *REAL* opportunity for your employees. Promote those that are valuable to you. Don't just offer the opportunity to apply for their promotion. We work every day for that, we don't need to submit a resume to prove it. Hire more middle management and give them actual power. The CTO (Scott Rothrock) shouldn't be coming to individual developers and tasking them. Only time someone should hear from the CTO (Scott Rothrock) is when something is going really wrong, or really right. Make it fun again. No one wants to come to work in fear for their jobs based on how the dice might roll that day. Encourage ideas. Even the bad ones. Act on the good ones. Even if it's not your idea.


  3. Reporter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart, hard working environment. Everyone wants to produce hard hitting journalism.

    Cons

    Extremely disorganized, not very good at social or in touch with younger digital audiences.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great company but needs to work out the kinks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Politico full-time

    Pros

    The name is very well known and highly regarded in the DC metro Area. Fun events and perks. Growing company, so there is room for growth.

    Cons

    Transparency is a major issue with management. You never know what is coming around the corner with such a fast moving organization.

    Advice to Management

    Manage communication much better. Everything should not be a secret. It creates a very gossip driven culture


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Politico full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The ability to wear multiple hats and be involved in an expanding media company is very exciting. It is also nice to be asked for suggestions on how things can improve and getting the chance to see those ideas be put into action.

    Cons

    Having more clarity on how decisions are made would be nice. Also, the ability to have more interaction with top level leadership on a more consistent basis.

    Advice to Management

    Keep empowering individuals to take ownership of their roles and continue to ask for new ideas from employees.


  7. Director

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Politico full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The sales team as a whole is made up of hard working people who thoroughly enjoy working together. Many have the opportunity for growth internally and have been able to take on new positions across the company.

    Cons

    The senior leadership across POLITICO needs to be more on the same page about where the company is going and how big decisions regarding growth will impact each department differently.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more thoughtful and strategic plan in place before going to market with new products and services. Goals need to be better aligned with appropriate timelines for when these new services are actually launching.


  8. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Politico full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Definitely the people. They encourage participation in all ares of the company. This leads to job satisfaction and growth within your own role and others. The company is always thinking about how it can do better. Overall great experience.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any. My experience has been great from day one.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to trust your best employees and allow them to flourish.


  9. Senior Director

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The best part of working at POLITICO and specifically POLITICO Pro is the people. We have really focused on hiring A players and that has resulted in an incredibly positive work environment where people are consistently trying to get better and bring their best work every single day. The people make our culture a fun and unique environment and overall great place to work. This is a great place to work if you want a career and not just a job. People care about you as a person and prioritize individual's growth and development.

    Cons

    This is not really a "con" but we work REALLY hard! There is not a lot of "medium" around here. You really have to bring your A game each and every day.

    Advice to Management

    As POLITICO continues to grow and expand, it is incredibly important that key stakeholders from various departments are part of the conversations and represented at the table when decision are being made. This is happening now but think this is an area to continue to prioritize as we continue to grow in the next few years.


  10. Terrific Culture, Fast-Paced, Challenging

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Politico is a company experiencing a lot of exciting growth and momentum. This opens up new doors and opportunities for growth all the time. The people are young, intelligent and high achieving which makes for a great work culture. Politico is all about hiring talented and ambitious people who will reinforce the solid culture already created here.

    Cons

    Communication between departments and different levels of employees does not always happen and can get bottle necked with a few select people. Sometimes growth happens so rapidly here, that it can be tough to get our feet under us from a staffing and planning perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Work to prevent things from getting bottle necked at the executive level. It feels that decisions get stuck at the executive level for long periods of time without movement or communication to the rest of the company. Implement more company wide training that focus on career and personal development.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Worst job experience of my career

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    Current Employee - Director in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Rosslyn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A paycheck and health insurance.

    Cons

    The egos are insane. This is a small, regional publication that most of the country has never heard of, and they act like they're god. Small-minded, backstabbing, distrustful environment. No transparency, clique-ish, favoritism on full display. This is where the dregs that can't make it anywhere else in DC end up.

    Advice to Management

    Current leadership, good luck obtaining the titles you have anywhere outside of Politico.



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