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USA Today Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
88 Reviews
2.6
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USA Today President Larry Kramer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great office culture, competitive pay and benefits, flexible work schedule with excellent work/life balance (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 needs to be more connected with the organization (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great colleagues, but ....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Invisible Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA

    I worked at USA Today as an intern (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    USA TODAY College Intern

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    Former Employee - USA TODAY College in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - USA TODAY College in McLean, VA

    I worked at USA Today as an intern (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    USA Today is a fantastic company hampered by its parent, Gannett, a confused and disorganized media dinosaur.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great office culture, competitive pay and benefits, flexible work schedule with excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Merging with Gannett Publishing is pathetic since the company will not commit to truly establishing one unified company. Management lacks engagement skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more engaging with employees. Set clear goals and have metrics to measure success. Senior management should make clear cut decisions to unify all parts of the company rather than allow each unit to function on it's own.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    we'll see how it goes...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USA Today full-time

    Pros

    the company is really trying to grow and they're approaching their future in a very smart way.

    Cons

    middle management too busy trying to cover their own tails and too busy 'managing up' rather than simply managing, teaching, or inspiring their teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the panic rolls downhill and it gets stressful going down a few levels, especially when the worker bees don't know what they're trying to accomplish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company and brand with good work/life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hours are very good with flexibility to work from home. People are great. If you stay focused on the job there is a lot to learn as well as what others are going.

    Cons

    Recent layoffs and reorg has left a lot of people unsure about the future. A lot of overlap and redundancy in the sale group. AEs don't necessarily understand what they are selling or can articulate to clients. They rely heavily on marketing and sales support to hand things on a silver platter.

  8.  

    Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in McLean, VA

    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.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome team!

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    Current Employee - Advertising Account Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advertising Account Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love my co-workers. Could not ask for a better team. Very supportive and willing to teach.

    Cons

    Upper management seems disconnected. The New York office is hard to read and the employees there do not seem as happy. Being a satelite office can be tough because of the time difference. I wish there was some sort of training or on-boarding when I began.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would love to see management engaging and reaching out to EVERYONE, not just the employees in New York.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good but going downhill

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    Current Employee - Copy Editor in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Copy Editor in McLean, VA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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