Wall Street Journal Reviews

Updated April 14, 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
  • The corporate culture at times can be borderline toxic (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. Helpful (1)

    Loved it!

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    Current Employee - Marketing Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Development in New York, NY

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal

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

    Pros

    Great working conditions, great office

    Cons

    Low salary, lots of lifers

    Advice to Management

    Stay lovely

  2. Associate Marketing Manager

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    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

  3. Helpful (1)

    unrewarding, very political

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    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

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

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    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Not a company that invests in its people (or its future)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Art Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Wall Street Journal as a contractor (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Very reasonable hours. Outstanding work is not expected (or, unfortunately, recognised) by management, so if you're looking for a short-to-mid term job that's easy and relatively steady (provided you don't get caught in another round of mass layoffs), WSJ might be for you!

    Cons

    Depressing office interiors. Politics and favoritism abound. Treats freelancers like dispensable computer operators. Virtually zero training. Low morale amongst most of the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new Chairman and CEO who cares about product quality and innovation.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Horrendous office politics

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

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great brand and great content. Reasonable benefits. Decent compensation.

    Cons

    Management team is the least qualified I've ever encountered. Cronyism was rampant at the executive level evidenced by an executive team that is nearly all British. Senior managers had ownership, but no accountability. When something went wrong, they just blamed another team (or members or their own team). Attrition was off the charts and overall employee morale was abysmal.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the executive level. Diversify the management team. Focus on fewer projects. Get rid of the duds who can't show any real impact.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Highly political environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ad Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Ad Sales in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Brand name that leads people to think you are a Wall Street expert.

    Cons

    Highly underpaid staff; heavy attrition due to political environment

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat (overpaid legacy employees with outdated skills) and hire more qualified staff at market value. A talent attracts A talent...C talent will only get you more C students.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Don't Do It

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Wall Street Journal 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

    Health Care, Gym Reimbursement, Big Desk

    Cons

    Compensation, Lack of Hard Working People

    Advice to Management

    Promote the SMART people, not the talkers

  10. It's a real newspaper, with real editors and reporters, and if you're ambitious and have good ideas, you can do them.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good, smart editors. Face-time isn't important. The paper knows it has to change, and is adapting to the new world.

    Cons

    Not always clear why some people get promoted. Raises are tough to get unless you're moving to a new office and job.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Worked there 8 + years

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people work in the Chicago office. A real family environment. Promoted 6 times in 8 + years I was there.

    Cons

    I left right before news corp acquired Dow Jones. I am uncertain of the changes, but I have heard it is not the same place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training. When I was there there was excellent professional development.

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