The Washington Post Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
94 Reviews

3.4
94 Reviews
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely zero leadership

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

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

    Pros

    The people that do the actual work are great people. The tech side of the house is actually filled with very intelligent people.

    Cons

    Leadership is astoundingly bad. There's 0 vision for the company, other than trying to maintain what's left of print circulation. Projects are started and killed a year later despite success. There's no rhyme or reason to anything.

    Watch massive layoffs to hit the operating income (100's of people), and then the publisher will take a $3million bonus for hitting the target.

    The industry is only getting worse, and there are absolutely zero plans in progress to address the downward spiral.

    At this point Don is treating the company like a charity, not a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your growth sectors, fire every single one of your executives, cut the middle management, and produce better content. You need ONE person with vision and some people to execute. You currently have around 40 "leaders" with no vision at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Developer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Washington Post full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn, good work environment

    Cons

    downtown parking expensive, depend on public transportation

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Myopic organization run like a chaotic family business

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    nothing..This organization is a joke for any self respecting ambitious professional

    Cons

    Run away from this. No direction or vision. The executives have no idea what does digital/ mobile world means. Very incompetent and unethical company. I am surprised how it has still been part of Berkshire portfolio. This business should not be in existence since it does more harm than good to the society. Content is produced by third grade editorial team that has no respect for what user wants in the current times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cooking books for making year end bonuses. Face reality. Print is dying. Adapt to mobile/digital world, way other businesses did.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Kaplan University, a Washington Post Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Sales in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, education package and personal development.

    Cons

    Company is contracting in an effort to find good sales strategy in the face of government scrutiny. Must be top producer with verbal talent to survive in the sales division of the company. Slackers need not apply because you will get three strikes and your out. There are performance expectation for each term and if you miss three you are terminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest in your conversations about expectations. People seem to believe there can be reprieve from termination is goal expectations are not met by intervention of management and that is not the case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The dazzling place to work is not so much dazzling inside.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Developer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Lead Developer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    -Competitive salaries.
    -Excellent benefits,one of the best Health Insurance plans.
    -Brand Name(at least in Wash,DC Metro Area) -- once you have this name on your resume be assured no one will look down on you,be it for contracting or full time opportunities.

    Cons

    **I work in IT and I have seen Newsroom very very closely.I have informed opinion about both**

    Lets be honest,newspaper industry is going through a tough phase.Now if you are in Newspaper industry you have to absorb the shocks which are coming from upper management,knee jerk reactions,and witness lot of bloodbath in terms of employees getting laid etc.Bottom line, you are at the mercy of new CIO,your manager,and the budget.Performance doesn't matter.

    When the time was good(till 2010ish),IT was treated as a step child and people(publishers etc.) were happy making money from Print.The decline was there but not that alarming.Now when a notable decline came in 2010ish everyone panicked. McKinsey etc. were called and they suggested hey,you know what this is digital age...duh..The wake up call turned into hiring of new CIO and his nickel and dimming.Coffee machines were removed and replaced with vending machines.Employees were laid off by calling them "inefficiencies".No lunches,no Happy hours.Compensation took a severe hit,and growth opportunities were never there.Oh and there is no place for training and company paying for learning new tech.So,now IT is like a code generating machine,which WPO wants to use it 24*7 for making money and it's survival.Post being a gandalf has old employees who worked on Unix all their lives.I call them worthless boulders bcz they just dont want to leave or learn.Journalists work all their lives in print and doing typesetting etc., so for them digital CMS system is a blackbox.They dont want to learn it and keep making mistakes bcz of not getting proper training.FF today,Post is making a desperate attempt to expand it's digital platform(results can be seen by the products launched in 2012) and investing in Mobile technologies.To call situation at Post pressure cooker is an understatement.Work-Life balance is missing since at least past 1.5 years.No one job is secure.All in all,if you want to join this company expect nothing but your paycheck.No you can't have weekends.Period.

    Tell yourself that you are here just to have that brand name on your resume so that you can find a better life elsewhere with normal work schedules and not feel treated like garbage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.As if they listen to us -:)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technician in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Washington Post full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers, most clients are easy to work with, exposure to a wide variety of technologies while I was working there

    Cons

    Layoffs and Buyouts due to decreased earnings for the Post means job security isn't that great, unless you are managment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The easiest job I have ever had, but comes with the most drama...

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    Current Employee - Newspaper Carrier  in  Woodbridge, VA
    Current Employee - Newspaper Carrier in Woodbridge, VA

    I have been working at The Washington Post as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The work is easy, the money is good and if you can obtain a route that pays and tips well, then you won't have any problems.

    Cons

    The people that directly manage the carriers have no skills as managers and more often than not, the problems that arise, NEVER get taken care of, and the complacentcy shows in the work ethics of the others, the loss of revenue on the routes-due to poor customer service they quit or never renew their subscriptions. The paycheck only comes once a month, and the vehicle maintenance, gas and wear and tear sometimes does sometimes exceed the money that is paid each month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to survey the people that are delivering the papers to see what they know about the daily work routine. As far as the upper management knows, that everything runs smooth and they have no idea that there is no communication, no disipline and no accountability for the errors that continue to go on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very professional environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Depending on your department, but overall everyone is a smart professional and there isn't the office drama (although in some departments people stir it up). Expectations and evaluation of success is very transparent.

    Cons

    Promotion/movement is very hard, although some people are given a fast-track on a very arbitrary basis. HR is highly highly process-driven, putting a great deal of burden on the rest of the departments in hiring, evaluation, promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make internal HR decisions as necessary without being tied by HR, but also apply this across the board. Evaluate individual trajectories (people suddenly becoming directors) and tie titles to standards across all departments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work, not always cutting edge, but trying.

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, flexible schedule, partial telecommuting options for some tech folks. High visibility work that reaches a lot of people. Lots of room to move around the company to try out different types of careers. Room to try new things if you get the right people's attention.

    Cons

    Inconsistent across teams. Some teams are great, others not so much. Moving can involve playing politics if you are stuck on a bad team. Some bitterness still remains from before washingtonpost.com and The Washington Post were living under one roof together. News industry, in general, is a bit unstable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They do a good job. I hope they keep doing it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sr Java back end Developer

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time

    Pros

    The interviewers were cool and calm and make you feel free.

    Cons

    Same set of questions are asked in each interview.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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