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U.S. News & World Report Reviews

Updated January 10, 2015
Updated January 10, 2015
23 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work!

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

    I have been working at U.S. News & World Report full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great news team. Competitive salary and benefits. Flexible, family-friendly schedules. Managers who are supportive and smart, and who understand the importance of work-life balance. Coworkers who are smart and friendly. Clean, spacious office. Real dedication to actual news (not fluff) and smart, well-written, helpful consumer advice content.

    Cons

    Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) location can be hard to get to, and you have to pay for your own parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more veteran news writers and editors. Offer better training for new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fair

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. News & World Report full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competent colleagues, somewhat flexible schedule. Decent benefits

    Cons

    Low salaries. The company is stabilizing after some difficult years, but web-based newsgathering/reporting is sloppy. Journalistic standards have slipped as they have across the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recommit yourself to higher standards. If the product is poor, it will catch up with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    U.S. News is a terrific company to work for, and what we do makes a real difference in people's lives.

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    • 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 U.S. News & World Report full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company has seen a tremendous turnaround in the last few years during its transition to digital-only publishing, and is having it's best year ever, in both audience growth and revenue. If you are a self-motivated person you can thrive here- you have autonomy to get your work done and try new ideas, while also enjoying an open-door policy with management. We are a flat organization, so everyone is open to new ideas and it doesn't take layers of approvals to get things moving. Work/life balance is great; compensation and benefits are fair. Georgetown location is nice.

    Cons

    As there are multiple and varied content areas of our site, the verticals tend to operate in a business silo, though there are efforts to bridge the divide.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great and growing company to work and build a career

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

    I have been working at U.S. News & World Report full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for personal career growth if you are eager to learn, company is rapidly growing, supportive senior management with an open door policy, smart and motivated co-workers

    Cons

    Very few cons, really a great place to learn. The training and development is informal so you need to be self motivated to learn and grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to give the larger team transparency about company growth and new initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of promises, no action.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many interesting and smart people, flexible, family-friendly schedules, managers understand the importance of work-life balance.

    Cons

    Poor career advancement: ambitious employees either lose motivation or are forced to look outside the company for growth opportunities. No real perks...they even got rid of the coffee machine in the New York office...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Celebrating company success without encouraging individual job outlooks falls short of meaningful improvement for employees...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A shadow of its former mediocre self

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

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is remarkable that U.S. News still exists as an entity that employs people. It has long been the dalliance of multi-millionaire Mort Zuckerman, and was once an also-ran to Newsweek and Time. But those days are now two decades old, and newsweeklies have all but vanished amid the 24/7 news cycle. In any case, Mort still bankrolls these people, and they do some interesting stories from time to time. But they, like so many of their brethren in traditional news publishing, are mere ghosts with virtually no influence on the national conversation -- save for the consternation they receive annually for the very profitable college rankings they produce.

    Cons

    As a journalist, you want a soapbox, you want to try to make some sort of positive difference in readers' lives. Maybe the "Top Ten Places to Retire" or the "Five Ways to save for College" do that for some readers. They certainly get a lot of internet hits. But they are deeply unsatisfying fare to produce, let alone read on the internet.

    If you want to do real reporting, to be a real journalist, U.S. News is sadly no longer a place to do that. Frankly, it hasn't been for many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell Mort to give the entire staff early retirement and donate the money he'll save by closing the U.S. News entity down to charity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Alarming management style, deliberately misleading to employees, company to avoid.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn how to handle irrational mamagement. You will also learn how to handle far more responsibility than is reasonable in a disorganized environment amidst convoluted direction.

    Cons

    You will be intimidated to believe that if you can't handle above, you will certainly not make it elsewhere. You will never receive definitive information about your position with the company or your future in it; at best, you will be offered loose promises that can be arbitrarily reneged at any time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Paid like an intern, treated as an employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The photography team was full of incredible people to work with.

    Cons

    Company was going through massive layoffs and transition period which overwhelmed even the interns. As an intern I was asked to write a story for print (without extra pay) and carry around a cell phone where I could be reached at all times, even on vacation (I refused.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open about an intern's chances of actual employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    U.S. News & World Report Response

    Jun 13, 2014Sr. Vice President, operations

    U.S. News stopped downsizing in early 2010. This review is out of date. Our interns are paid well, have benefits including paid time off and health care. Depending on current openings and performance ... More

  10.  

    Good early career experience, Not great for long more than a couple years

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

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    U.S. News & World Report is still pretty well known. For reporters, that means a lot of great access. The editors give their reporters a lot of autonomy in choosing stories.

    Cons

    The morale of the workplace was pretty dismal. There was an expectation from management to churn for traffic growth, with minimal encouragement to produce quality, enterprise work. It seemed as if everyone just wanted to speed out the door ASAP every evening. They didn't give any raises (not even a COLA) and there was little money available for reporters to travel or cover events outside of the DC metro area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    U.S. News & World Report Response

    Aug 15, 2014Sr. Vice President, operations

    This comment was probably had some validity during the difficult years as we transitioned from print to digital. However, the company has been very successful in making the transition. Moral is ... More

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great launching pad, not longterm

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

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, great location, brand name recognition, relatively low stress. Time here should open doors elsewhere.

    Cons

    Jobs tend to grow outward, not upward. Ambitious young employees either lose motivation or are forced to look outside the company for growth opportunities. (Middle managers will even say this directly.) Salaries tend to be very low or very high, and overall experience depend heavily on the section you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Celebrating company success without brightening individual job outlooks falls short of meaningful improvement for employees.

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