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CQ Roll Call Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent location (NoMa/Union Station) (in 6 reviews)

  • There are some really good people to work with (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • which to this day no one really understands why we have it) (in 4 reviews)

  • All of the pros have been decimated by upper management's lust for cost-cutting (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Researcher/reporter"

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    Former Employee - Researcher/Reporter in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Researcher/Reporter in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Time off is reasonable (3 weeks/yr starting out)

    -Coworkers are extremely knowledgable and helpful

    -Would recommend to a young reporter just starting their career, but if you haven't moved up or gotten more responsibilities within a year start looking elsewhere.

    Cons

    -Path forward often unclear for younger employees (i.e. those trying to leap from the research team to full-time reporting)

    -Management keeps trying to get by with not replacing people who leave/are laid off, resulting in the remaining people having too much on their plate

    -Still suffering from a poor work culture brought on by the now-former CEO

    -Work/life balance is horrendous for editorial staff. As a low-paid researcher I was expected to be on call nearly around the clock.

    Advice to Management

    -Replace people who leave


  2. "Interesting experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Intimate group of talented individuals

    Cons

    You never know what to expect. Employees input not seeked in decision making

  3. "Account Executive (now called - Customer Success Manager)"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting marketplace. Intelligent and interesting clients.

    Cons

    This company (Congressional Quarterly) was once the market leader without competition. Its pride was the excellent editorial and analysis written by the best in the business, coupled with 'state of the art' delivery of the content. No expense was spared FOR THE CUSTOMER.

    After being purchased by the Economist Group the strategy changed to 'cutting costs' , so the tenured 'connected' editors were let go (high salaries) and no investments were made in the aging CQ.com platform.

    It is a case study in how NOT to run a company.. unless the strategy is to run it into the ground.

    The competition has taken over, and will eventually put CQ Roll Call out of business...

    Advice to Management

    Hilarious... the boys in Britain are far too smug to take it.. They promoted a human resources lacky to CEO of this firm..and all went down hill...


  4. "In transition"

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    Current Employee - Journalist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Journalist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CQ Roll Call full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with some of the smartest, most dedicated reporters on the Hill.
    We also are in transition because a former manager who was difficult has left. So the future is brighter than in the past couple years.

    Cons

    We are a medium-sized company.


  5. "Editor"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very professional publication with a storied history and a reputation that exceeds its circulation.
    It has a lot of talented journalists, who work hard to get good, accurate stories.
    It has tried to maintain much of its editorial strength in a climate where advertising is lessening.

    Cons

    Like all newspapers, it is a shadow of its former self.
    Small budgets allow little if any enterprise journalism.
    Roll Call is a cash loser who is draining the life of the once profitable CQ. Like pirates taking over a boat of rescue aid for a disaster country, the staff has emptied out CQ's provisions into the sea, just because they were curious to hear what sound these resources made as they hit the water.

    Advice to Management

    Build a business plan off of CQ and make profits again. Otherwise, the paper will indeed fold as predicted by the EIC a few years ago.


  6. "Copy Editor"

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment, great people, nice building with a great location near the metro, most importantly: does good, important work

    Cons

    Falling prey to the journalism industry did the office no favors, morale suffered as more and more cuts came

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more by being up front with them about the company's financial situation. On the whole, lower level management was always fantastic, but upper level management mostly kept everyone in the dark


  7. "Are you up for a challenge?"

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    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart collegial co-workers. Long history of balanced, deeply thoughtful and well-researched journalism. Steep but rewarding learning curve.

    Cons

    Understaffed for what the company is trying to achieve. You need a plan for work/life balance. Don't allow yourself to burn out or agree to mission creep. It is management's responsibility to hire enough people and train them properly in order to cover their expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Invest is training and employee retention. This is not a start-up and seat-of-the-pants management is counterproductive. The highly skilled and committed staff deserves better.

  8. "Great company, but the cons outweigh the pros"

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

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Close to Union Station
    -Great Benefits
    -Good starting salary
    -Extremely knowledgeable and talented writers

    Cons

    -Poor technology
    -Managers are almost always hesitant to grant time off
    -Cutthroat environment given the nature of work
    -Unprofessional working environment
    -Open office space, which can allow for people to hear unwanted personal phone conversations in the office
    -Lack of training when the on boarding process begins for new hires.
    -No room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the technology that workers work with so that we are able to produce a better work product for clients.


  9. "Reporter/editor"

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

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time

    Pros

    Depending on slate of managers, it's a very congenial atmosphere. Good place to get your feet wet on Congressional coverage.

    Cons

    No one really knows the direction of the publications, they seem to be trying one thing and then another with no real knowledge of what will work. They are just trying things until they "stick"

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people more. Be upfront with employees


  10. "A company past its prime"

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    Former Employee - Director of Client Relationships in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director of Client Relationships in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CQ Roll Call full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There were some good people at CQ Roll Call. Early on, we were doing good work, helping people understand and communicate with Congress.

    Cons

    The company leadership didn't know what direction to take the company. Under orders from their headquarters in London to make the same return, they cut salary and stopped investment of the product. It is rudderless and lost its way.

    Advice to Management

    Remember who the company is - the community newspaper on Capitol Hill and stop trying to be something else.


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