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Washington, DC
201 to 500 employees
1955
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Media
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Unknown
CQ-Roll Call examines the issues on the Hill, but leaves the yea- and nay-saying to its readers. The company publishes the nonpartisan newspaper Roll Call, which covers a variety of Congressional topics, including policy making, legislation voting, elections, and investigations ... Read more

Roll Call Reviews

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Laurie Battaglia
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  • "The Hill's Rag is Not Cleaning Up"

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    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It has:
    A great reputation.
    A real newsroom with series employees.
    Almost a fair salary, just a little below the going rate.
    Offices that are somewhat close to the Hill.

    Cons

    Some of the editors are sharks.
    They are losing money fast.
    They have no way of increasing income.
    You will always be updating your resume during the next layoff.
    They took CQ, which was profitable and siphoned off their dough.

    Advice to Management

    Find new ways of competing with Politico. Mirror CQ's models. Grow outside the beltway. Put your archives and old print up so people can use it as a pay for information service.

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Roll Call Interviews

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    Research Assistant Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Roll Call in May 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online through The Economist's website. I also had a networking contact and asked if they could put in a word for me. It was quite a while before I heard back--perhaps a month or so.

    One day I received an email with the job's information. It was different from the original posting, but I thought it was because they were being private about the exact details and we set up an interview time. The interview went well, with discussion about the job's details, the nature of the product I would be using, what were my experiences using similar products as well as how did I feel about learning new product or software as the job required. There was also extensive discussion about the personality of the organization, including optional events like happy hours, celebrating birthdays or special events, etc. It was a good conversation overall, although it tended to go off on tangents.

    However, at the beginning of the interview they told me they had filled the position I had applied for with an internal candidate and I was interviewing for a similar position that was at the entry-level. Upon review of the email correspondence to set up the interview, it was not indicated in the description in the email that it was a different job or that the original position was filled.

    About a week later I had a follow-up phone call with follow-up questions, including how did I feel about remaining neutral about causes or politics, because CQ Roll Call mainly does reporting and news. The purpose of the call was an offer. I asked for additional time because I was expecting to hear back regarding another job elsewhere either that day or the following day and because it was a holiday weekend. They said they needed to know sooner rather than later and wanted to know by the EOB the following day.

    I waited as reasonably long as I could (but did not hear back at all from the other company within the above timeframe) and went ahead and turned down the offer. They emailed back, asking why. I explained the position was not a good fit and that while I appreciated being considered for another position, what I had interviewed for and what I had applied to were not the same jobs.

    Interview Questions

    • Because I had not interviewed with a media organization before, I was surprised by the questions of neutrality regarding politics, causes, etc. They did not ask about party affiliation or what causes were important to me and made it clear that things like voting were considered a right.   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    They interviewed me for a position I did not apply for. I had applied for a specific position (and had even been encouraged to by my networking contact) and while I appreciated being considered for another one within the organization, I really wasn't happy that I wasn't informed of the change until I got to the interview. Ultimately it wasn't a good fit.

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