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The Washington Post Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
101 Reviews
3.7
101 Reviews
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The Washington Post CEO & Publisher Frederick J. Ryan Jr.
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company

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

    I worked at The Washington Post as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Communication with other department is efficient

    Cons

    company is not pursuing high profit

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not the Post it used to be

    • 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

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Washington Post has instant name recognition, nationwide. Our journalists are very talented.

    Cons

    The recent sale of The Post means that new hires won't get nearly the benefits that had been a signature of the storied Graham family that owned the newspaper in Watergate days.
    There seems to be very much a sink-or-swim attitude, and employees can't count on HR or the help desk to solve their issues.
    The company is shallow as far as opportunities for advancement.
    New media opportunities often go to new hires, at entry level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be looking to provide training opportunities to their current staff, rather than losing the institutional knowledge that exists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy working hours. As long as you get your work done, management is not hounding you with respect to your time. Not a "punching the clock" atmosphere.
    I love the gym downstairs with classes (yoga, kickboxing, strength training)! I've lost weight and feel great! Awesome place to work. The rooftop patio was amazing too.

    Cons

    The company is moving to a smaller location come 2015. No more gym and classes. No more rooftop patio. The atmosphere will change as the company transitions as employees will have to share desks and work from home more often. Sad turn of events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on what your doing. You're doing great!

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  5.  

    Slowly improving

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

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, commitment to journalism, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and office politics, less than stellar pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    The company is headed in a new direction and has a much brighter future. What makes it so great to work here is the people. I have never been surrounded by so many competent and helpful people.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is a little difficult depending on where you are in the company. Be sure that you have a promotion path planned and available.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people who were angry that the future was hurting their former monopoly.

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

    I worked at The Washington Post full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Surround yourself with people who write the first drafts of history. A culture of patience that values accuracy to the max. Values are strong and rewarded.

    Cons

    A culture that sees the future as a threat and not an opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't reward people that keep looking to the past.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    An ok work place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Utility Mailer in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Utility Mailer in Springfield, VA

    I have been working at The Washington Post part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    when you are a sub, you get to pick your own schedule every week. This gives you an opportunity to be more flexible. you can choose to be off up to 3 months so its a very good part time work.

    Cons

    The management lacks leadership skills. the direct managers are picked right off of the work place with no educational background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers needs to be given leadership training. There should also be a way to get feedback on how the managers' performances are.

  9.  

    Happy I worked here

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

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

    Pros

    Hands-down best people I've ever worked with, cool location, proud to work for a well-known brand

    Cons

    Things move slowly and some of the egos on the business side are inexplicably inflated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire smart as you've been doing for the past few years. Don't be afraid to filter out those who are afraid of change - they will hold you back

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  11.  

    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

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

    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

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