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Updated October 6, 2017
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Pros
  • HR and managers are generally supportive of work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits with additional perks like fitness and hobby allotments (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Not a ton of responsibility, work occasionally monotonous, low pay, rigid shifts (in 11 reviews)

  • Old time Upper management does not understand that the market is changing (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Prefer not to answer - various jobs from editorial, IT and sales."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Business Wire full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vacation and healthcare are strong. Work with good people. Company is stable and a part of Berkshire Hathaway......a home for life.

    Cons

    Pay is a challenge- salaries need to be reviewed. In many positions advancement is difficult due to tenure in front of you.

    Advice to Management

    New management - positive changes are happening.


  2. "management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Business Wire full-time

    Pros

    Stable company, Good SF location for commuting, Mediocre pay/benefits

    Cons

    No telecommuting , Mediocre pay/benefits, zero innovation, no R&D

    Advice to Management

    Get new management

  3. "Good people, bad corporate structure"

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    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Business Wire (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people to work with on a day to day basis

    Cons

    corporate decisions and rules are antiquated and too strict


  4. "Newsroom Editor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor
    Current Employee - Editor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Business Wire full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great coworkers
    - 401k & some benefits

    Cons

    - no difference between vacation and PTO
    - middle management needs work

    Advice to Management

    Instead of rewarding people who don't leave, reward hard workers. Ambition is a good thing.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "At least they pay you"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Business Wire full-time

    Pros

    Got to know a few genuinely good people.
    Pay was on time and never short.

    Cons

    They don't seem to fire for managemental incompetence
    They have trouble keeping good engineers
    Their product is well on its way to becoming obsolete
    Their dental & vision coverage sucks.

    Advice to Management

    The open office environment is disruptive for engineers. Get higher cube walls.
    Fix the coffee delivery schedule so employees don't have to pool their money to bridge the gap.
    Get more chocolate in the vending machine so employees don't have to pool their money to keep a shared supply.
    Fire engineers that come to work too stoned to function
    Fire managers that vendors refuse to work with.


  6. "Accounts Receiveable"

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    Current Employee - A/R Credit-Collections Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - A/R Credit-Collections Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Business Wire full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and able to work independently.

    Cons

    Low wages and not a lot of room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    More customer appreciation.


  7. "Undergoing transition"

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    Current Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Business Wire full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, including fitness, education, dental and vision allotments. Discounts on products in the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies (e.g., GEICO). HR and managers are generally supportive of work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility; low pay (can't even negotiate your starting salary); not enough PTO/sick leave unless you have seniority; no casual dress (except on Fridays)

    Advice to Management

    I am optimistic about the new CEO, who seems to be rethinking BW's culture and product offerings. This is a welcome and much-needed change. The role of the press release is changing and the previous leadership had a bit of a "head-in-the-sand" attitude.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A wonderful entry level Experience"

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    Former Employee - Newsroom Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Newsroom Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Business Wire full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    co-workers, engaging and supportive supervisors

    Cons

    non traditional work hours, clients can be very intense at times

    Advice to Management

    none, I rather enjoyed the management style


  9. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Business Wire full-time

    Pros

    Co-Workers, Education Help, Birthdays off

    Cons

    Culture Hierarchy Structure within the company


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Business Wire full-time

    Pros

    This job is a decent way to save money if you live at home with your parents and have minimal expenses. Work there for a year or two and you could save not an insignificant amount, if you're not paying rent, utilities, or going out all that much.

    Cons

    Oh boy, where to begin? The company is a dinosaur- more and more large companies are learning that Business Wire will gladly kowtow to whatever demands they have just so they can keep the money flowing. For instance, companies don't need to have their earnings releases prepared and distributed via Business Wire, especially large companies such as the larger banks, finance firms, retailers, etc. They can save several thousand dollars by just posting it on their own investor relations site rather than having BW's MS DOS-based software (at least it feels like it, on occasion) go through all the formatting. There used to be rules within the company that a client couldn't send out earnings releases without financial tables; now, that has changed.

    And then there's the executive branch of the company. They're so far removed from the editorial side that decisions are made without consideration for how editorial will fare. Experienced editors have been fired for reasons that had nothing to do with their work performance, even though cutting down by just one editor is enough to produce a backlog during a busy earnings period.

    The executives are also extremely frugal when it comes to editorial. There was a period several years ago where multiple editors quit in succession, so the then-CEO went around the newsroom handing out $100 bills for 'good work'. For a bonus, keep in mind that's less than 1% of the starting salary for a new editor.

    The job is monotonous. Time will slip by and before you know it, a year will pass. Then two. And then you'll look around the newsroom and realize that you're one of the older members of the crew, and you don't even remember when the new people joined. There's no room for advancement, no promotions except in title, mediocre raises, and very little financial incentive to put in extra effort.

    If you have very little ambition in life with regard to a career, then this job is perfect. Come in, sit down, stare at your computer for 8.5 hours, and leave; that's all it takes. If you want a job that develops your existing skills and helps you inculcate new ones, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the editorial side. Give some enticements to try harder, such as a small percentage of commission for upsells. Upgrade the goddamn software. Make the chairs less uncomfortable. Create different projects that editors can volunteer for during the (many) hours of downtime.


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