The Washington Post
3.0 of 5 92 reviews
www.washingtonpost.com Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

The Washington Post Reviews

Updated Jun 4, 2014
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3.0 92 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

The Washington Post Publisher and CEO Katharine Weymouth

Katharine Weymouth

(12 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great Work/Life balance and good overall culture"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Strong heritage, great brand, trusted publication, friendly and intelligent coworkers"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Not very likely to get a raise or bonus unless you are a sales rep or upper management and some departments are short staffed"
    in 8 reviews
  • "The news industry has been hurt by the free news available on TV and the Internet"
    in 4 reviews
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    Great co-workers and when you call people, they answer.

    Reporter (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsYou 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.

    ConsDon'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 Senior ManagementYounger 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Washington Post is a vibrant organization open to change.

    Assignment Editor (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsSenior 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.

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementDon't fall victim to the star system.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great brand, but that was about it.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat brand. On site gym if you like to work out. Great on boarding process.

    ConsWork/life depends on department management. Some departments slow to change and adapt. Very pen and paper- slow to embrace new technologies to support business processes. Little comraderie within department. Little cross training within department and knowledge sharing. Most people only knew how to do their job and would be unable to backfill other colleagues in department. Just come to work, do your work and go home.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome people are better senior individual contributors than managers. Hold people accountable not just on deliverables, but how well they manage others. Turnover can be high some areas. Glad that Bezos took over. Perhaps he can infuse some new thinking into organization about future of newspaper publishing.

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

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    Manager, IT (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsCompany cares for its employees

    ConsJust bought out by Amazon. Future unknown

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    Company is in transition.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat people, great benefits. Company has a great work-life balance, family friendly-understands when you have to deal with health or family issues.

    ConsCompany is downsizing and in transition. Not very likely to get a raise or bonus unless you are a sales rep or upper management and some departments are short staffed.

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

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    Company is going in the wrong direction in the management positions.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood co-workers, hard workering people that are friendly.

    ConsVery racists & show favoritism toward certain employees who are not even fit for the postions they hold

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at some of your own workplace harrasment videos that you make all employees watch.

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

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    Great, to good, to OK, to barely hanging on

    Visuals (Newsroom) (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Pros-- It's The Washington Post, and despite everything, it's still one of the 2-3 best papers in the country. That's whether you're a photog, reporter, an editor, or a designer.
    -- Generally good, talented people all around, doing work we all believe in. Impossible not to feel smarter at the end of the day.
    -- If you started before 2008 you've got a great pension plan and 401(k) match and are probably getting paid pretty well. For those hired since 2009, the terms for these aren't as good.
    -- Lots of hope with the Bezos purchase that a capital investment will finally mean an end to the bloodletting (see below).

    Cons-- Buyouts in 2012 absolutely decimated the visuals staff w/exception of graphics/web. Now those who remain are doing 2-3 people's jobs, working 10+ hour days but being paid for 7.5 hours because overtime is forbidden. Meanwhile, many of my colleagues are counting the years since their last raise because only a very small number of "merit raises" are allotted every year.
    -- Burnout is a huge issue, but there's not a lot of motivation to change that b/c nobody can leave b/c the job market is so awful, and management is aware of this. And if you do leave, there's always a fresh batch of cheap interns right around the bend who are dying to work the long hours just to get a foot in the door. (I was there once!)
    -- Awful performance management system... goals are vague, generalistic and unmeasurable/unquantifiable, making the decision as to whether you've reached them at the end of the year entirely subjective. (Which conveniently makes it easier not to give people a raise.)
    -- One epically poor management promotion left a lot of the rank and file scratching their heads and then feeling terrorized. That has been reversed now but the effects are still felt.
    -- Nepotism is a bit of a problem (hiring of friends, spouses, etc., sometimes without posting the position). Very talented people, but it's still against the Post's rules. They get around this by hiring on contract.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't promote individuals who have no business whatsoever managing people. The news biz is hard enough already.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat environment that appreciates valuable input, very consultatitive business, well-structured, management is sharp, excellent benefits, the transition with the Bezos acquisition is going very well - has left a great sense of excitement among the Post, great opportuntiy to work with smart people.

    ConsParking can be difficult if you don't care to metro

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSupportive superiors, respectful environment, appreciate an entrepreneurial spirit

    ConsThe industry was under distress when I arrived, this added a level of environmental stress

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Top tier organization for those looking for a challenging and rewarding career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe Post has a very collegial environment. They reward performance rather than longevity, and for a company facing significant industry changes, they continue to invest in growth areas.

    ConsThe Post can sometimes straddle the line between making a big bet, but under-dedicating resources to it. It has a strong culture that favors people who have cut their teeth in sales - though this is changing with the increased investment in the tech group.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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