Wall Street Journal Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. Editorial

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Managing Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Deputy Managing Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street Journal (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Prestige and excellence, deeply fulfilling journalistic mission.

    Cons

    Very large and cumbersome corporate structure at times impedes necessary change.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace innovation, experimentation and nimble change in newsrooms.


  2. Terrible management

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    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people at the lower pay grates

    Cons

    As of recently the management structure has undergone changes yet again. New management is totally incompetent. They hide behind the knowledge and skill of the people below them. No process around building meaningful products. Runs waterfall at C level and then tries to run agile at the lower level. Also a terrible company to work for if you are a woman and especially a new mom. Coming back from a maternity leave you are bound to be demoted


  3. WSJ Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great publisher/brand Some great people Catching up with digital/app print is surprisingly stable

    Cons

    Lack of training Lack of travel to promote training, internal chemistry Unorganized management w/ lack of direction Behind the rest of the industry

    Advice to Management

    Simplify, be more organized, and be more decisive


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  5. Not terrible. Very old company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time

    Pros

    Great work building with espresso machines, free fruit and snacks. Generally the work hours are 9-5. You start with around 14 days of vacation and can build up to 21 days pretty quickly along with 7 floating vacation days. Health care and 401k benefits are great.

    Cons

    A lot of past employees have left due to upper management not valuing employees. There is also a lot of middle management and people who have only worked at this company for their entire career. A lot of big personalities and departments that don't communicate to one another.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees


  6. WSJ. Custom Studios

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    WSJ. Custom Studios & Ad Sales Department • Flexible hours • Work from home policy • Work minimal weekends and late nights

    Cons

    WSJ. Custom Studios & Ad Sales Department • Complete lack for vision, core values and nonexistent culture • Soul sucking Content Marketing (advertorial) projects, many projects crossed the ethical line: like pro Fracking and pro Pharmaceutical • Legacy employees...some are rude, many have below level competencies. Made it really difficult to do top quality work, yet they seem to stick around and remain uninspired and put in minimum effort. • Little creative autonomy, sales and marketing set the strategy and direct every phase of the creative process


  7. Generally Good Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Contributor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  9. News Editor

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    Former Employee - News Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - News Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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


  10. Fine

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Reporter in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, reputable publication with awesome influence.

    Cons

    Becoming less distinct, doing less ambitious work.

    Advice to Management

    Think bigger about stories.


  11. Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.



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