Wall Street Journal Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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Pros
  • If you're going to work in a dying industry, you might as well work for the best (in 4 reviews)

  • Surrounded by generally smart people (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Old school corporate hierarchy undermines innovation, corporate culture (in 3 reviews)

  • The result is that the quality of the Journal's coverage/reporting/writing/editing have been sliding since News Corp (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Generally Good Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Just moved into the main News Corp building onto a recently renovated floor. Free snacks, fresh fruit in the mornings, fancy espresso machines, in-building subsidized cafeteria and gym. Good mix of younger and older employees, who are generally friendly. Traditional 9-5 hours.

    Cons

    Some upper management have terrible tempers and short fuses (but some of them are very forward thinking and approachable). The company has historically lost many great people to keeping the pursestrings too tight - no counter offers were made when other opportunities came up for them. The new floor mixes all departments - no separation or noise control at all. Not much in terms of company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Pony up to make sure the good ones stay. Rein in loose cannons.


  2. Contributor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Obviously it's a world-class brand so that is a "pro" on its own. Most of the editors I've worked with as a freelancer are very good; the administrative end is professional, efficient, and supportive; and my contributions have received good and broad response.

    Cons

    The pay is not great, but it's not out of line with competitors. Editorial judgement can sometimes be rather baffling.


  3. News Editor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - News Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at Wall Street Journal (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Worked with extremely intelligent and respectful group of reporters.

    Cons

    Could give bonuses or higher salaries

    Advice to Management

    HIgher salaries


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  5. Fine

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Reporter in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Wall Street Journal (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, reputable publication with awesome influence.

    Cons

    Becoming less distinct, doing less ambitious work.

    Advice to Management

    Think bigger about stories.


  6. Marketing

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

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company and brand with klout.

    Cons

    The journal has great people but terrible infrastructure. Like any incredibly vertically integrated company none of the systems talk to each other and the business is left to suffer. The organization is old and so is it's thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking of all revenue opportunities as products and assign appropriate teams to support, market and develop those products. Too much crossover and splitting of resources allows too much to slip between the cracks.


  7. Circulation Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Publishing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Publishing in New York, NY

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, generous benefits lots of opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Great Company , no downsides

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  8. managed data centers in NY-Nj area

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DC Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - DC Manager in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Wall Street Journal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A big company that moves like a small company to complete projects on time on budget.

    Cons

    tight restrictive budget, low staff levels.


  9. Associate Marketing Manager

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

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great brand name, solid partnerships, ability to work/volunteer with other teams if you have the time, pursue it and really want to.

    Cons

    Low salary, HR isn't very helpful, moving around/getting promoted is difficult - its a big company and accountability isn't great all the time

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example


  10. Helpful (2)

    unrewarding, very political

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Sales Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Sales Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Wall Street Journal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great product, and very good hours

    Cons

    managers would not reward employees for hard work, was more beneficial to your career to be social and create friendships and alliances with higher-ups than to perform well at your job

    Advice to Management

    reward good work


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good stop for a while, but lacks clear mission, career development.

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

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively good benefits, salary for the industry. Group of very talented people. Reasonable work hours for journalism and big city standards.

    Cons

    Managers more interested in empire building than advancing your career. Constant pressure on editing budgets essentially stops the career advancement chain. Culture rewards backstabbing and relentless advocacy of yourself, rather than teamwork. Little in the way of training.

    Advice to Management

    Settle on a mission that doesn't shift every six months. Strategies and priorities constantly changing without reference to prior efforts or context. That and poor communication to the rank-and-file leaves many demoralized.



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