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The Washington Post Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
95 Reviews

3.4
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The Washington Post Publisher and CEO Katharine Weymouth
Katharine Weymouth
13 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience being part of a print centric organization transforming itself into a digital one in the "Bezos" era

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Newsroom-Digital  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Newsroom-Digital in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Culture that naturally treats employees with respect and dignity; excitement about additional resources to compete more effectively in the future; very smart people throughout the organization; good work/life balance

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up in the organization; there should be a better balance between using data and common business sense to make important decisions; organizational structure does not lend itself for good collaboration and getting initiatives done quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate organizational structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Perhaps the best journalism job one can have

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copy Editor/Slot  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Copy Editor/Slot in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Amazing experiences almost daily in working with some of the best journalists in the business. Exciting, engaging atmosphere where quality was always the biggest consideration. Lots of friendly people.
    Senior management has changed since my time there, but I hear good things from friends who are still around.
    There's nothing like the place on election night.
    Compensation is very good to excellent.

    Cons

    As budgetary concerns became more serious toward the end of my time there, quite a bit more pressure was put on copy editors and supervisors as the desks evolved from separate National, Foreign, Financial, etc., to A-Section then Universal. It was difficult to try to meet the same standards we had met for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Despite the need to focus heavily on digital, I think a nationwide Sunday Post print edition would sell well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not too bad

    Current Employee - Web Developer
    Current Employee - Web Developer

    Pros

    Good, friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    I worked with them on contract for a short period of time and just left for a full time position nearby and for more money. I wish there was more organization and planning around project requirements at Washington Post. That would eliminate the guess work and the back and forth. This seems to be an "oh yea....." type place. Though, I came from a company that was super organized and had fairly thorough requirements. My bigger complaints are actually concerning the company that Washington Post is working with for contract staffing, and I don't care to go into those issues here...

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a pretty good experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - National Account Executive
    Former Employee - National Account Executive

    Pros

    Pros: Decent Middle management, working for a World Class Brand and excellent sales support. Great Work/Life balance and good overall culture.

    Cons

    Cons: Lacking in the technology and Programmatic department, slow on the uptake and staying relevant/competitive in the marketplace. Salaries are not very competitive and opportunities for growth are non-existent. Lack of Brand Identity: too Washington DC focused and not enough of a national New site focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job on the re-org, more focus needs to be on bringing up the top performers and getting rid of the dead weight. Need to Re-energize company values and company culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    not so many opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with, flexible, gym is available in the building

    Cons

    Advance career opportunities are limited. Company does not make me feel that the employees are valuable.

  7.  

    National Account Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and good environment.

    Cons

    Innovation and research and developement

  8.  

    Reporter for Washington-Post Station

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent
    Current Employee - Talent

    Pros

    It is an independent station so the news was hyper-local which is great at a time when news stations must compete with the internet for eyeballs. The weather is lovely and most of the employees are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    I found it difficult to get promoted, the hours were absolutely grueling and the moral pretty low, though that captures the sentiment of the entire community.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater compensation and room for upward mobility. It seems like promotions were harder for African-American employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    New but Happy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collaborative, intelligent coworkers, meaningful work, clear strategies, potential for growth, great location, good perks, lots of training and development, etc.

    Cons

    If you come from a small org. you need to get used to a bigger environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The reviews on Glassdoor are a lot more negative than the experiences I have had first-hand. It would be a shame to deter talent from joining the organization based on these negative reviews!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work for hard working individuals, but needs position itself for the future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The Post has a very collegial environment. Hard-work and performance are rewarded. The Washington Post is a great brand that is recognized internationally. It's nice to mention your employer and have people recognize it. Increased investment in technology is promising for the future.

    Cons

    It has a very strong legacy business, which is declining. The future mission is not clear. However, it is clear that The Washington Post is investing a lot of time and energy in the future of the company trying "crack the code" of the media industry/newspaper/technology dilemma and where it wants to place its self.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very much a classic business model hierarchy. Need to figure out the company's new mission. Share the mission with employees. Be transparent. Need to re-structure for the future and try some more modern workplace initiatives.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work - enjoyable, challenging & interesting.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great location, work is meaningful, challenging, interesting and valued. Opportunities for growth and learning. My management team is terrific.

    Cons

    Some areas are stuck in past - this is changing, just needs to be faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase tele work and flex work schedules. Make it easy for work to be done form any location - we all need work cell phones and tablets. A good amount of dead weight has been cut. There needs to be salary increases for people who are left who are top performers. Continue to cut dead weight especially within the mgmt ranks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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