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Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Ver good shifts - easy work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • A great place to start your career (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Bad management and outdated business model (in 6 reviews)

  • cumbersome management structure and lack of forward-thinking leaders (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "The most boring job I've ever had"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Associated Press full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people dedicated to the art of News

    Cons

    The company is basically struggling like most other media organizations; very little ingenuity; you won't advance in any ways other than title gains.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.


  2. "reporter"

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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, speed, fast, bright staff

    Cons

    low pay long hours bad schedule

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. "It is what it is"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good intro to the global news business. Dedicated colleagues.

    Cons

    Tight budgets and tough shifts.


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  5. "Very good job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Associated Press full-time

    Pros

    You work with very smart people on the biggest stories in the world.

    Cons

    It's like a huge machine, and you never stop feeding the beast.


  6. "Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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

    90% of the staff are old and they don't like young smart people


  7. "Director"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, excellent culture, big company resources but startup feel, great benefits.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities to progress.

    Advice to Management

    Allow creative people to work at their full potential. While news has to adhere to fixed formats, creativity should not be stifled.


  8. "A mightily important media institution in trouble."

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

    I worked at Associated Press full-time

    Pros

    Amazing staff, some very talented, mission driven and committed journalists in text, photos and video. The work of the AP underpins much of the news ecosystem and is really essential to how thousands of millions of people around the globe understand our world.
    In this day and age of invented "facts" and alternative realities, this is crucial.

    Cons

    A slowly dying business model as the AP's media customers are struggling mightily and the AP's revenue is dipping precipitously. As a result news gathering budgets are slashed every year. Not sustainable for long. Get in - and out - while you can!
    Lots of bureaucracy - hard to get things done. Big but sluggish.

    Advice to Management

    Where to begin? A few thoughts.
    Emotional intelligence is so much more important to your staff than you think.
    Change management is all all about answering people's questions and concerns properly in order to get their buy-in so the organization can move forward.
    Don't underestimate the value of progress on a daily basis to keep people motivated. The quicksand of sluggishness and lack of progress is truly deadly for morale.
    A serious reinvention and diversification is needed if the AP is to survive - much bolder than what is probably being planned.


  9. "Associated Press Corporate Archives"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Archivist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Archivist in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and the director

    Cons

    part-time position, not enough working hours


  10. "Working as a news associate will help you improve your writing and learn AP style, but you can't report or get bylines."

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    Former Employee - News Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - News Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get AP on your resume and will work with the smartest people in the industry.

    You'll learn how to write stories quickly and accurately.

    The pay is awesome compared to other places. You get paid vacation and sick days.

    Half the year you'll work a semi-normal hour weekday shift.

    The job isn't stressful.

    You'll see your stories published in all the major newspapers.

    You'll have a relatively large amount of autonomy half the year on the night shift, covering what you feel is necessary for morning drive time broadcasts.

    You'll learn about the ongoing issues and happenings in 10 states.

    Cons

    Not sure if this is technically a con, but there's definitely a learning curve. No way around it. The position is tailored to bright-eyed, eager college graduates trying to get into the industry. And each will tell you they weren't very good when they first started.

    You'll be answering to several editors and reporters who each have their own pet peeves or preffered writing style. What works in one state doesn't work in another.

    You'll have to work on slow computers with slow internet and a hair-pulling word processing program that can crash on a moments notice.

    Night shift. While the work is decent, the hours are not. 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. starting Sunday night. This means every two months your body has to abruptly switch from sleeping at night to sleeping during the day and vice versa. Invest in blackout curtains or black trash bags. Summer can be brutal. And good luck watching Game of Thrones, Sunday football or the Oscar's. It's not impossible, but you'll need coffee.

    No bylines and no reporting. You won't have a byline for two years. You also won't have originally reported a single fact. With everything you write, someone else did all the heavy lifting. You're simply repackaging it. Let that sink in, and then begin thinking how to spin that for your next employer.

    Advice to Management

    Start night shift earlier so all the stories can reach the wire by 5 a.m or 6 a.m.


  11. "No Comment"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Cranbury, NJ
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Cranbury, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Associated Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to supporting many technologies and getting systems to work as required

    Cons

    Lack of formal Training, prefer not to mention here

    Advice to Management

    prefer not to mention here at this time



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