USA Today Reviews

Updated June 6, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance was great in that most days allowed me to leave the office at 5pm and work from home during inclement weather when needed (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people, hard working, cared about the product (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Little to no interaction with fellow interns (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management seems disconnected (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Breaking News Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Breaking News in McLean, VA
    Former Intern - Breaking News in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at USA Today as an intern

    Pros

    Loved the fast pace, sense of community, and freedom to pursue my own stories.

    Cons

    Overworked editors who had little time to mentor.


  2. "Losing faith"

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    Former Employee - Journalist in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Journalist in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with many talented and dedicated professionals in the newsroom. They cared about doing journalism well.

    Cons

    I was among many employees who lost faith in management. USA TODAY used to be a place where people wanted to work until retirement. Now, an increasing number of employees view it as a stepping stone to other media companies.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees time to do excellent work, and treat staff members fairly.


  3. Was a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people are really nice and friendly

    Cons

    hard to move up, a lot of older sales representative who slow things down, terrible health benefits

    Advice to Management

    invest in helping departments communicate with eachother


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great colleagues, but ....

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked directly and indirectly with were top-notch, complete professionals and generally just good to work with. Most everyone is focused on providing the best possible product but pleasant in the process of accomplishing it.

    Cons

    Staffing cuts have led to a general rise in the stress level and have hurt the product quality. More people are having to wear more hats, take on greater areas of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the people right, with respect and courtesy. They are your most valuable resource. They are not cogs to be worn down, tossed out and replaced.


  6. Invisible Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Intern - Intern in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USA Today as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working at USA TODAY was the amount of exposure your articles got. Some of mine got 1 million unique page views while I was an intern there. The people were generally pleasant and, if you found the right people, there were some who were willing to be a mentor.

    Cons

    Getting a glimpse into the world of USA TODAY content, I realized that there was a very small staff dedicated to real, hard news and dozens of others dedicated to stupid entertainment pieces. While I was there, there was a rumor going around that someone would get fired if there wasn't a story about Miley Cyrus every day. And that was a true reflection of Gannett. They don't care about quality, they care about clicks. This was very apparent at USA TODAY. The other thing is that USA TODAY doesn't offer much in the way of opportunities. Most of the young people working there were contractors making measly money and being forced to report as self-employed on their taxes, which is a serious doozy. And, USA TODAY is outside of the city, which is bad for a young reporter looking to network and become involved in the DC scene.

    Advice to Management

    There's little management can do to change USA TODAY's direction. Gannett is at the helm.


  7. USA TODAY College Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - USA TODAY College in McLean, VA
    Former Intern - USA TODAY College in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at USA Today as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small staff allows for opportunity to create close relationships and network. Editors are young and value your time and work. Interns gather after hours to bond and Gannett provides many opportunities for interns throughout internship. Ask for opportunities, they'll usually say yes!

    Cons

    Stipend only and no assistance with finding housing in the expensive area.

    Advice to Management

    Continue allow interns the ability to connect with editors and reports. They learn the most about the company this way.


  8. Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in McLean, VA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing brand, exciting workplace and content.

    Cons

    Lots of churn, risk of layoff and cutthroat coworkers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good but going downhill

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    Current Employee - Copy Editor in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Copy Editor in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I get to work on a product that gets a positive response from consumers. Most people working on the print product are very experienced and experts in their roles. They take pride in the quality of their work.

    Cons

    There seems to be very little thought to the long-term future of the brand. USA Today's reputation was built by it's print product, but the newspaper business is on the decline. Job cuts in print production seem to be based on factors other than quality of work and productivity, with many good workers making average salaries laid off in favor of retaining longtime employees doing minimal work while pulling down six figures. The newspaper staff is still highly skilled but USA Today is losing it's focus as a national paper and content is suffering greatly. The digital staff is mostly young, inexperienced and operating with few guidelines as to copy quality or good taste. Stories mostly go online without any editing process, resulting in many grammar, style and factual errors. Content seems to be based on what's trending on Twitter, which means usatoday.com is lacking in original content and breaking news. USA Today is a follower rather than a leader at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the contributions of your employees, especially in regard to payscale. When staffing cuts are made, base them on professional merit rather than longevity with the company. Demand the same level of quality from the digital staff as you do the print staff; an error on the website is every bit as bad as one in the newspaper. To the CEO: Don't flat out lie to your employees - were journalists who don't fall for BS.


  10. Was a ride of a lifetime in the hey days. But that has changed tremendously since 2008

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, hard working, cared about the product. Very professional and committed.

    Cons

    Decline in advertising and overall use of a print medium has taken its' toll


  11. Great place to start off your career.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer In the Marketing Department in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Designer In the Marketing Department in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great! Very easy to get along with, helpful and great teachers. Hours are not too crazy as long as you get your work done. Great place to focus on yourself since the work is not brutal like ad agencies. Plus they have a gym, a nice "campus," decent food, and other perks. It's a great, fresh brand to work with for a company being located in the DC area.

    Cons

    There's never any budget to do anything cool with USA TODAY's marketing. You really have to rely on stock photography or your own photography. The company's future is uncertain since it has made a couple of bold moves lately.

    Advice to Management

    Everything pertaining to the creative should be handled by the Creative Director, not by the other higher ups. The other higher ups should be more focused on the strategy and making sure the campaign is on the right direction.



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