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Atlantic Media Company Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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Pros
  • nice office, good happy hours, looks good on the resume (in 5 reviews)

  • Smart editors; generally nice people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • But beyond that, it is vey clear that fellows are not full-time employees (even though the job is for a year) and are often treated as such (in 4 reviews)

  • this means you are not motivated to do your job because of the extremely low pay (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great little family company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Atlantic Media Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Always on call, lots of overtime


  2. "Churn & Burn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atlantic Media Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of turnover from a young, inexperienced workforce trying to wrap their heads around how the company works as they're thrown into new roles. If you get to try a new exciting role you're unprepared for, it can be a beneficial experience--to a degree.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover from a young, inexperienced workforce trying to wrap their heads around how the company works as they're thrown into new roles. You end up working with people who don't know what they're doing and keep trying to reinvent the wheel. No institutional knowledge, no real skilled employees since the good ones follow money when it's offered

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees


  3. "Good community, good company, decent pay"

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    Current Employee - Content Strategist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Content Strategist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlantic Media Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Progressive company with really good benefits -- including pretty flexible work-from-home, "unlimited" PTO, and lots of year-round incentives

    Cons

    Salaries are pretty opaque with little evident parity.


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    "Great people, great products"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlantic Media Company full-time

    Pros

    People and culture. Awesome happy hours and service events. Coworkers who really care about you and are really dedicated to their work.

    Cons

    Watergate isn't very centrally located. Not many food options. Owner is very behind the scenes, but does send memos and make major announcements in person. Seems like he does really value employees even if not involved in much of the day-to-day work.


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    "Manager, Atlantic Media Strategies"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Atlantic Media Company full-time

    Pros

    This part of the company operates like a consulting firm or business start-up. Recently, AMS has grown in staff and client size. Biggest pro: You get a chance to work on a variety of projects, many of which are mission-driven, including work with foundations, nonprofits, and CSR units.

    Cons

    This part of the company is young and has growing pains to address. There's little process in place and senior staff have a tendency to over manage individual projects. Some client accounts are healthier than others. You are expected to be always 'on call' for work and can find yourself working late nights, during time off, or on weekends. Compensation is lower than what you would expect at a competitive consulting firm.

    Advice to Management

    Growing pains can be addressed by focusing senior leadership on managing the company at large, instead of individual projects. Staffing resources and work-life balance should be addressed, as well as work place culture and compensation.


  7. "Cool Starting Point"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlantic Media Company (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to develop as a professional. Exposure to many different area's in the sphere of media and also a front row seat in how a media company works.

    Cons

    There is not much room for advancement and it is very cliquish. There is a high turnover rate due to this but I feel that it will eventually be addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Work on employee retention and advancement.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place filled with good people"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Atlantic Media Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of challenging problems to solve, cool work environment, nice people, and great support structures. Hard work and initiative are regularly rewarded (when coupled with a good attitude)

    Cons

    Some roles I've encountered pay less than market norms, and the location isn't super central/accessible by DC standards.

    Advice to Management

    Open a sports pub in the watergate


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Atlantic Live Events - AWFUL"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Atlantic Live Events in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Atlantic Live Events in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Atlantic Media Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -you are exposed to high level people (even though they will never remember who you are or what you do)
    -you are made to feel important
    -lots of young people

    Cons

    -they NEVER promote from within, ever
    -tons of turnover
    -nobody stays, because they aren't paid enough (ever)
    -the company is absolutely going down the tubes - if you want to feel secure in your job, do not work here
    -the fake sorority atmosphere is toxic
    -the team is run by people who dont think outside of the box and want things their way only
    -failing media company - they can't keep up with the high-end companies and arent willing to try to do so

    Advice to Management

    truly, i wish i had good things to say about this company. i think your best bet is to pay your employees more, so that they respect their job and actually put effort into it. i would also say do some serious re-structuring and re-investing your money into digital platforms and other things to make the company more up-to-date with current media companies.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - President in Grosse Pointe, MI
    Former Employee - President in Grosse Pointe, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Atlantic Media Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid, smart company. Strong philanthropic department that encourages employees to participate. Great benefits. Beautiful offices. Intelligent co-workers.

    Cons

    Changes to the President position and Publisher of The Atlantic in 2008 was not favorable to the sales and marketing team - those positions have since changed again.

    Advice to Management

    Clear path to management.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Atlantic Media Fellowship - Editorial Fellow, The Atlantic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Fellow in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Editorial Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Atlantic Media Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Atlantic's fellowship program is an incredible opportunity to work with some of the best editors and writers in the business. In my opinion, the best fellowship position for those who want to be journalists is at TheAtlantic.com, where fellows are usually assigned to a particular section. The job is mostly editorial support, doing copy editing, fact checking, digital production, social media, etc etc for your section. But you also have the opportunity to write, which is incredible and makes the less glamorous parts of the fellowship entirely worth it. One of the biggest highlights of the fellowship has been the relationships I've formed with editors and other fellows. You're all in it together, and the bonds are really strong. The biweekly Atlantic Media Academy sessions are great ways to learn about different aspects of the media industry.

    Cons

    For the amount of work we do, fellows are criminally underpaid - it's $25,000 for the year, despite everyone being hugely competent and very very smart. It is difficult to live in Washington on that salary - quite a few fellows either are helped by their parents or have second jobs. But beyond that, it is vey clear that fellows are not full-time employees (even though the job is for a year) and are often treated as such. One example: Even though all other staffers' birthdays are typically celebrated, fellows' birthdays are not. It's the kind of thing that adds to the feeling of being "lesser"in the office and to my eyes seems unnecessary.

    The opportunities for getting a full-time position afterward vary, but for dot com fellows, it's fairly rare - typically only one person will stay on, and the process is incredibly opaque. While fellows in other areas of the company might have a better chance, definitely don't go into the web fellow position thinking it will turn into a full time job (even if you're fully qualified and have already been trained for it).

    Advice to Management

    I think the fellowship would be so much better if fellows were not made to feel lesser in the office. It's more of a cultural shift, but one that would make a big difference. Celebrating everyone's birthdays excerpt for fellows really shouldn't happen.



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