USA Today Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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USA Today President Larry Kramer
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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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88 Employee Reviews

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  1. Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at USA Today (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and existing atmosphere. Company is very generous.

    Cons

    Newspapers going out of business

    Advice to Management

    No advice.


  2. Good work environment, lots of churn

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -interesting content -relaxed work environment -cool, smart people

    Cons

    -weak leadership -high turnover rate -lack of motivation


  3. "Losing faith"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Journalist in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Journalist in McLean, VA

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

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

    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.


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  5. DSM

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USA Today full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent hours. Usually an easy job.

    Cons

    I dont always agree with corporate ethics. Being micro-managed.


  6. "USA TODAY hopes to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation"A.Neuharth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Editor in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Editor in Tysons Corner, VA

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Multi-faceted publlshing operation, multi-level customer base, clean and safe environment, deadline and goal oriented, flexible, evolving...

    Cons

    The parent company Gannett is in flux and downsizing in a business change.


  7. Worked in Subscriber Marketing department

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USA Today

    Pros

    It was a job and got the rent paid. Mostly 9 - 5'ers.

    Cons

    Old school thinking in a dying industry.


  8. I learned how a news organization works which is generally positive but hard to stay in a place with poor management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good co-workers, great building and exercise facility.

    Cons

    Horrible executive management and no leadership or training. Working in a matrix is extremely frustrating and trying to get ideas and concepts approved is never ending.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and value their opinion. Promote and reward those who do their job well and are proactive in taking initiative.


  9. Was a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in McLean, VA

    I have been working at USA Today

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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


  10. First working experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USA Today

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great colleagues Vibrant newsroom Wonderful mentorship opportunities

    Cons

    No transparency from upper management


  11. Helpful (3)

    Not as Robust as One Would Think - Especially in Circulation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Marketing Director
    Current Employee - Regional Marketing Director

    I have been working at USA Today

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

    Pros

    A lot of good hard-working people that you would consider to be friends. Also, a free daily newspaper.

    Cons

    The Circulation Department is marred with many old-time General Managers who continue to micromanage process and operate out of fear and paranoia thinking that they are being constantly watched by HQ. They seem to be more concerned about the perception of their respective market rather than generating results. They've all taken some kind of text book management training course that centers around asking their employees questions they already know the answer to. Processes and systems are archaic and when approached with an opportunity to improve functionality, the typical response is to back away for fear that it might cause attention.

    Advice to Management

    Get your people out of the bubble and look beyond the four walls. Be less concerned about "perception is reality" and focus more on growing the business and developing your personnel.



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