The Washington Post Reviews

Updated June 14, 2015
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The Washington Post CEO & Publisher Frederick J. Ryan Jr.
Frederick J. Ryan Jr.
8 Ratings

Pros
  • Great Work/Life balance and good overall culture (in 5 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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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    My only job where I got awesome salary and a lot of challenging work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to work on cutting edge technologies, lot of projects in latest trends.
    Two day work from home.

    Cons

    it took me more than a minute to think of a CON, that means I have none, or are not significant.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Advertising Department

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Washington Post

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with intelligent, fun people and has a great team culture. With Jeff Bezos as the new owner, the company has been reinvigorated to focus on innovative and creative digital products.

    Cons

    There's been quite a few reorganizations within the company the last couple years, which has caused confusion and frustration within certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    Put more of an effort in retaining talent and quality employees.


  3. Forward thinking engineering

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Washington Post

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experimentation encouraged, early access to new/unreleased devices, fully AWS-powered

    Cons

    Other depts aren't as up to speed as Engineering


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  5. Nice place to work . . .

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Washington Post (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to learn new things and own your part of the business. Fellow employees are great to work worth, very family oriented environment. Good place for an up and coming developer to make a difference and learn much when it relates to the news business.

    Cons

    Leadership does not do well in letting plans for the future out - many parts of the business operate in a silo'd environment. Overall workflows are fragmented and lack continuity or by in from key stakeholders.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time with your employees. Get to know what it is they do for you, you might be impressed with the level of work each individual contributor does to put out your daily product, and realize that some might actually be overworked and at times, under utilized.


  6. Graphic Design

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Washington Post

    Pros

    Great people and great product.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work long hours.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great company, great people but management is a joke

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Washington Post full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's an honor to work for such a ground breaking, pulitzer prize winning and historical paper. Work with some amazing people who have incredible hidden talents aside from their 9-5, flexible work life which really helps with balancing home and work. Culture used to be rich and still can be if they bring it back to the way it was before their Community Relations department became non existent.

    Cons

    Before Bezos, the company was ran by heirs, family and friends of family. Quick to move up unqualified individuals simply because they were sons or daughters of family friends. Quick to cut jobs at the bottom level when the real problem is at the top level. Too many Chiefs and friends of chiefs and no indians. At some point, senior mgmt need to look at themselves to see where improvement is needed. They love to cut the lower end of the totem pole so they can free up more money so they can shower themselves with lavish bonuses or merit increases. Upper mgmt is quite often taking credit for work their team does and receive praises, bonuses, lavish gifts like spa retreats or weekend getaways or expensive electronic gadgets i.e. iPads, Amazon tablet etc and the team receives nothing. Priorities for Upper and Senior Mgmt are all screwed. Very little opportunity for advancement unless you're related or someone in your family are friends with someone in management and senior management. One more thing...advancement should be also based on quality and not popularity which seems to be the norm at The Post.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to get to know your employees. They deserve WAY more credit than given. Stop pointing at all the minor mistakes and take ownership for own faults. Employees sacrifice all year round to make deadlines, go above and beyond their job descriptions to get the job done but one small infraction could cost them a terrible performance rating. Upper and senior management make WAY more mistakes than the average admin, mail clerk, IT tech etc but is never penalized and always praised for their work. End the double standards and treat your employees the way you'd want to be treated. It is the people at the Post that make what the paper is today. Not senior management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Lots of opportunity, lots of growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is moving at a great pace with lots of new talent and projects. Employees are allowed to bring ideas to the table and move forward with those ideas. The age of going through multiple meetings to get an idea approved are mostly over.

    Cons

    Not many cons in my experience. As with most companies, there could be more diversity--especially in regards to women.

    Advice to Management

    With so much transition and new (young) employees, don't forget the ones who bring a different sort of experience to the table.


  9. Great work environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Washington Post

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Respectful environment, room for growth, good work/life balance

    Cons

    I cannot think of any


  10. I came back after 2 years away, and the change is really positive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Washington Post

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    So many talented people here, and despite all the changes, a stable core of experienced veterans. Opportunities for growth and new responsibilities

    Cons

    The existing building is tired and run down, but this will change with the move to a new location


  11. Helpful (2)

    Complex place given the challenges to the newspaper industry but the ongoing importance of serious journalism.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Washington Post

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for a major news brand puts you in a relatively better position for future success.

    Cons

    Journalism just ain't what it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Hire product teams that can deliver deeper content value to online consumers if you want people online to pay.



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