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Updated November 9, 2017
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  • Long hours, "too" flexible work hours (in 7 reviews)

  • It's a tough job to develop work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

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

    I have been working at Associated Press full-time

    Pros

    Great people, very flexible work/life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay, salaries are below average.


  2. "Freelance Writer"

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    Former Employee - Sports Reporter in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Sports Reporter in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Associated Press full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was able to work with great reporters and get great insight on the business.

    Cons

    This is a great company to work for.

  3. "Floor supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Cranbury, NJ
    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Cranbury, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Associated Press part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, trainers teach all of the responsibilities of the job very well. Employers are very nice

    Cons

    Hours can become very long during big elections.


  4. "Journalist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great way to start off your professional career in journalism. I am very thankful for AP for the opportunity.

    Cons

    It is a fair amount of traveling for the stories. However, I do enjoy it.


  5. "OK"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No Reason they don't value their staff

    Cons

    no income growth opportunities...

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more growth


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Great health insurance and PTO benefits. AP is a highly reputable name with extremely smart and inspiring employees.

    Cons

    Salaries are very low for the market.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less on fancy dinners and retiree parties and pay current employees higher salaries.


  7. "Journalist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Very kind and intelligent. They teach you the finest journalism ethics that you can learn. Great reputation. People are very proud of the AP brand. Being part of this organization was a priceless experience.

    Cons

    Some managers can be brutally egoistic. Advancement within the organization is slow and limited depending on where you start from. The culture can be very bureaucratic. Old-school journalism.

    Advice to Management

    Listen harder to the grunts on the front line of journalism.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A company worth fighting for"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Associated Press full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    AP is hands down one of the most ethical and earnest newsrooms in the current landscape. You don't have to look hard to find staff wholeheartedly serving the mission of bringing truth to the world. We have an incredible legacy, unmatched and unique.

    Cons

    Mediocre and uninspired management, especially on the business, products and tech side. Change comes very slow. AP is behind the times in technology and digital platforms, both client facing and public facing. Many of these platforms barely function, making it nearly impossible to find and get our content. I am not sure what is worse...that no one seems to be able to fix these failed platforms or that no one notices or cares to do a thing about it. It's excuse after excuse, year after year. Why do the people in charge of these areas keep their jobs, and create the new platforms that are sure to be subpar?

    Advice to Management

    Promote creativity and innovation throughout every department of the company, listen to your staff - trust them. Instead of cutting production, take a hard look at some of the overpaid middle and upper management on the business, technology and corporate side. There are many people paid over six figures that lack talent, a hard work ethic, innovation and understanding on how to make AP thrive in the coming decades. They know how to talk and act like a boss, but once you go past the surface, there really isn't much there...no ideas, no passion, no real understanding of what it means to be a true leader. A leader is more than a title. It would bode well for our survival to get lean and shake loose some of the mediocre leadership in these departments holding us back. We succeed despite their efforts many times. AP deserves better.


  9. "Journalist"

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

    I worked at Associated Press full-time

    Pros

    Prestige to work at a such a well known agency

    Cons

    Time pressure of getting articles out minutes before the competition.

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Associated Press full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and used to be a fun and rewarding place to work.

    Cons

    Shocking pay most people leave for a 5 K pay rise


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