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Updated July 21, 2017
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  • It's a tough job to develop work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • A slowly dying business model as the AP's media customers are struggling mightily and the AP's revenue is dipping precipitously (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Leading the media world"

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    Current Employee - Decline to State in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Decline to State in Miami, FL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The most stable environment in the media world right now. Good salary and benefits. A worldwide reach for your work.

    Cons

    Like any media company, the hours can get long and it can be a bit of a grind at times. But the scheduling is a lot better that it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep changing.


  2. "The AP is one of the media companies that will definitely make it through the current crisis successfully."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a mission driven organization, and hte mission is shared by the seniormost executives. This is critical to the effectiveness of the organization. In addition, the AP has an economic driver for objectivity. As a b-to-b provider of content, objectivity allows the AP to see the same breaking news to the New York Times as it does the the New York Post. Similarly, it benefits from selling to both the Washington Times and the Washington Post. Huffington.come and the DailyStandard.com. I haven't yet found another ocmpany with this kind of driver.

    Cons

    It is not a publically held company, so there is no company stock. These days, that may be a plus, now that I think of it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work but Corporatism threatens the future direction."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was very proud to work for the AP. I really loved the AP's sense of mission. You really felt like you were in the center of the universe. So many talented people worked there. It was a honor and a privilege to work with them.

    Until recently the job stability was fantastic.
    The work/life balance was great.
    I had no problem scheduling doctor appointments or errands.
    The health insurance benefit is fantastic.
    The other benefits are also good.
    I loved my time there.

    Cons

    The company tries to try to do things on the cheap, with uneven results.
    Management's decisions seem short sighted.
    Initiatives often die on the vine.
    Way too many managers and not enough line workers.

    Current upper management wants to convert the AP from a non profit to a fortune 500 company.
    Shifting of focus towards entertainment and less substantial offerings.
    The job stability that existed is a thing of the past.
    Economics presently seem to outweigh all other considerations.
    The union is becoming more accommodating to management whims with every succeeding negotiation.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that the AP is becoming a regular for profit company.

    Advice to Management

    I ask the AP to remember it's core mission.
    The AP has always served a public good - providing the world with factual information.
    That mission is more important than profit.
    Do not forget the well being of it's talented reporters, photographers, technicians, and support staff.


  4. "Second Family"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Associated Press full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Great Co-workers
    * Great pay
    * Great benefits
    * Feels like a 2nd family

    Cons

    *No room for growth as they are on a hiring freeze


  5. "Stringer"

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    Current Employee - Stringer
    Current Employee - Stringer

    I have been working at Associated Press part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great part-time job for someone wanting additional journalism experience either as an upperclassman in college or later on.

    Cons

    Autonomy can be a positive or a negative, depending on how much supervision you want/need/seek.


  6. "Vote Entry Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Associated Press part-time

    Pros

    Very nice people. If you are a hard worker you will move up. They are very enthusiastic and fun people to work with

    Cons

    Election time can be extremely stressful. There are some people who do not do their part so you will have to do it


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Reporter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Associated Press full-time

    Pros

    Getting to work with extremely talented, dedicated reporters and editors who never cease to go the extra mile when it comes to stories. Always proud to say I work for the AP. I'm always learning something new every day.

    Cons

    Still no official "Bring Your Dog to Work" day. Just to throw that out there…

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the free coffee. 'Tis important to us journalists.

  8. "Sharp people doing necessary work that benefits society"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Associated Press full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    AP had some of the smartest, most innovative people I've worked with. Their ability to draw top-level tech talent is extremely impressive.

    Cons

    Main development hub is in New Jersey. Unsure if the satellite development office in San Francisco is still open.


  9. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Intern in Miami, FL

    Pros

    Best paid internship I've had, paid mileage, paid meals when on assignment, good equipment to work with.

    Cons

    Big bureaucracy because of how big the company is, but it's manageable.


  10. "AP Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Associated Press (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing internship for anyone looking to sharpen their reporting skills

    Cons

    Company should invest in more camera equipments


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