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The Washington Post Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
107 Reviews
3.7
107 Reviews
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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.  

    New but Happy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC

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

    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
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assignment Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assignment Editor in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Washington Post full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Its a well-respected publication, and carries prestige.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is iffy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work - enjoyable, challenging & interesting.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 3 years)

    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
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There was a talented and energetic staff throughout my entire tenure at the newspaper, which is popular with Metro riders.

    Cons

    The hours are challenging for someone looking to raise a family, as is the case with all jobs in the journalism field.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Fabled news organization, now owned privately, disruptive times for print

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    • Senior Management
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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a well-funded pension plan here.
    The history of the company is interesting. Watergate, Pentagon Papers, Unibomber papers, all the news about NSA and CIA, anything to do with elections.
    The projects can be very exciting and unusual.
    There is a good discount on newspaper subscriptions for employees.
    A strange new Guaranteed Savings contribution type of thing instead of a large 401(k) match.

    Cons

    The news industry has been hurt by the free news available on TV and the Internet.
    Many cuts have left morale in the dumps, but our new owner (Amazon's founder: Jeff Bezos) is inspiring some hope here. The new owner is NOT Amazon itself, but taken private from the Graham family's publicly traded company (now known as Graham Holdings Inc.).
    The 401(k) match (not counting the Guaranteed Savings contribution piece) is only against the first 1% of the employee's contribution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great co-workers and when you call people, they answer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Don'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 ManagementAdvice

    Younger 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The Washington Post is a vibrant organization open to change.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assignment Editor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assignment Editor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Senior 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't fall victim to the star system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great brand, but that was about it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Washington Post

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work/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 ManagementAdvice

    Some 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Salary

    Former Employee - Manager, IT in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager, IT in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Company cares for its employees

    Cons

    Just bought out by Amazon. Future unknown

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