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The Washington Post Overview

Washington, DC
1001 to 5000 employees
1877
Company - Private
Publishing
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In addition to being one of 2019’s Top Employers in Washington, D.C. (Forbes), The Washington Post was named one of the Most Innovative Media Companies (for the third time) and the 8th Most Innovative Company in the world by Fast Company in 2018 – awards ... Read more

Mission: We connect, inform, and enlighten Washington and those who seek to understand our nation’s capital with the highest-caliber, most trustworthy news and information.

To achieve this mission, we:
• Operate with integrity ... Read more

Company Updates

  • The Muse calls The Washington Post "a great company for working parents" in part thanks to our 20 weeks of paid parental leave: https://bit.ly/3fZkl3U. Yes, we're hiring: http://wapo.st/WashPostLife.

  • With 23MM+ views on TikTok, Washington Post's Dave Jorgenson creates daily videos that make you laugh and think. It's why Adweek named him one of the most creative minds in media.

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The Washington Post – Why Work With Us?


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The Washington Post was named the #8 Most Innovative Company of 2018 (and #1 Most Innovative Media Company of 2018) by Fast Company – an award reflective of our dedication to transformation, excellence and integrity.We are combining our agile, high-performance engineering team with 141 years of world class journalism to deliver quality content and innovative experiences. 

Headquartered in the heart of Washington, DC, The Washington Post’s award-winning Newsroom has a global presence.  With reporters on-location in almost every country in the world, The Washington Post’s Newsroom produces content of the highest caliber all day, every day.  Partnered with our Engineering team, the Newsroom uses the latest technology to report the news.

In 2019 The Washington Post was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes (editorial cartooning, feature photography, and criticism), bringing the total number won to 68.

The Washington Post’s Engineering team is constantly innovating and expanding.  Most notably, the team launched the Arc Publishing platform in 2016 and Zeus Prime in 2019.  The Engineering team is committed to creating excellent experiences and products worthy of our tradition and our future. Their dedication to innovation, excellence, and integrity are at the core of what they do – and why employees are proud to call The Post their home.

The Engineers who thrive here are those who thrive on new technology and like to figure out how to make that new technology solve our exciting challenges.  Learn more about out Engineering team on their blog: https://developer.washingtonpost.com/pb/blog/

Not quite ready for a full-time position?  At The Washington Post, we view interns as valuable contributors who work on assignments that aim to improve our customer experience. We see interns as teammates. This opportunity is more than an internship; it’s a potential career. Start dates are flexible and are offered year-round.  Apply here: https://wapo.st/2SxT3cD

You can follow the Engineering team on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WapoEngineering 

Split into two teams, the Washington Post’s award-winning Client Solutions team develops consultative relationships with clients to provide customized solutions for each client’s unique needs.  The Global Client Partner team is responsible for the end-to-end client relationship, while the Global Agency Partner team focuses on agency partnerships.  One of the largest teams at The Washington Post, Client Solutions primarily operates out of the Washington, DC and the New York, NY offices with satellite offices throughout the country and across the globe.

Client Solutions is also home to the award-winning WP BrandStudio, The Washington Post’s in-house creative agency.  Working with internal and external clients, WP BrandStudio creates everything from event posters to branded content series.  Past clients have included the Amazon Prime series “Goliath”, The Confident Wallet(TM), Harry’s, and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

The Washington Post’s multi-faceted Finance team handles accounting, payroll, and everything in between.  This agile team works seamlessly with all departments to ensure smooth day-to-day operations at The Washington Post.

The Marketing team handles consumer and digital marketing, enterprise sales, and global brand partnerships.  This creative team works with internal and external partners to promote The Washington Post brand and reach subscribers world-wide. 

The Washington Post Reviews

  • "Great work/life balance and interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture has changed a lot in the last year or two on the site side as a software engineer. I am speaking for the site engineering article team specifically with this review. Work/life balance is amazing, there is a great sense of taking ownership, leadership gives us breathing room to make meaningful technical decisions, and the work is very interesting. I haven't had a job this low-stress and interesting in awhile.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend to keep improving the culture since we're going in a great direction. Make sure to see the value in how technical decisions can reshape the business (example would be how my team focused on improved site performance which required certain technical decisions to be made and this made a huge impact on the business). There is a lot of flexibility right now with when employees can take time off, time in/out each day, etc. and I would recommend keeping it this way because it really adds a lot to keeping the stress level down and feeling energized.

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The Washington Post Photos

The Washington Post photo of: Inspiring quotes from current and past leaders adorn the walls of the D.C. office.
The Washington Post photo of: Hanging out on the rooftop.
The Washington Post photo of: Ned the Newshound
The Washington Post photo of: 2017 DC Office
The Washington Post photo of: 2017 DC Office
The Washington Post photo of: Historic press plates are scattered throughout the D.C. office.
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The Washington Post Interviews

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    Marketing Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The Washington Post (Washington, DC) in August 2019.

    Interview

    Not too lengthy and very informative. Did the basic steps for most interviews, phone then face to face. Asked a lot about the interest in the Washington Post as well as previous experience.000

    Interview Questions

    • What first drew you to work for a place like the Washington Post?   1 Answer
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The Washington Post Awards & Accolades

  • Pulitzer Prize, The Washington Post, 2014
  • Most Innovative Companies(1), Fast Company, 2015
  • Top Employer in Washington, D.C., Forbes, 2019
  • Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Media, FastCompany, 2018
  • World's Most Innovative Companies, FastCompany, 2018
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