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  1. "Enjoyed my time as Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Serious work, fantastic office culture.

    Cons

    The only drawbacks are the hours (which can be long if you want to do a good job on a story) and the pace of the day. Writing two stories can be a lot for people.


  2. "Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Christian Science Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Congenial atmosphere in the newsroom.

    Cons

    No clear strategic or editorial direction.

  3. "Fulfilling job"

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

    Pros

    Working as an intern at the Christian Science Monitor is deeply fulfilling because the work is challenging and the newspaper's mission is pure: "to injure no man, but to bless all mankind." As an intern, you don't simply do menial tasks around the office. Instead, from the beginning of the morning to the last hour of the workday you investigate and write meaningful articles that are expected to be well-written and analytical.

    Cons

    The only con of the internship is that the work can be very challenging at times, which can lead to long days.

    Advice to Management

    Because editors are extremely busy, communication of expectations to interns can be sacrificed. Other than that, editors are very understanding, caring, and accommodating.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "...it's a job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Christian Science Publishing full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, depending on job and department; liberal vacation time and time off; decent pay and benefits; some training available; some employees have a passion for the organization

    Cons

    Passive agressive culture (ignore problems, smile and pretend everything is great); extremely conservative; mission and strategy are not always clear, consistent, or non-existent; non-social, private work environment

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clear business strategy and be consistent in communication to employees. Be honest and transparent with mission and future plans. Utilize assets (like buildings and parking), rather than take advantage of employees.


  5. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth in the organization.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, no focus or clear strategy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule depending on manager. Considerable amount of time off. Low expectations of performance.

    Cons

    Benefits are very average. Health insurance is only partly paid and employee is expected to contribute out of their salary. Some commuter benefits, but no parking benefits, constantly increasing costs to employee. Passive aggressive, and unsupportive work culture. Not necessarily a fun place to work, but good people, all with their own agenda. Little or no strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a strategy and implement it. Develop a supportive and innovative corporate culture. Provide better incentives and possibilities of promotion to encourage employee retention.


  7. "Extraordinarily Good Work Life Balance"

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

    Pros

    The people at TCSPS are among the nicest I have worked with anywhere. For the most part they are fairly skilled in their roles, and are as good as most of the people I have met in more traditional corporate environments.

    Cons

    If you are not a church member, your upward mobility will be somewhat limited, though this seems to vary over time. As a non-Church member, however, I never felt particularly like an outsider other than the unspoken ceiling on advancement. In some cases there are employees who would be better off getting more experience elsewhere, but who seem to be there because of their church affiliation.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to bring in fresh people and insights, and move quickly to try new things and fail fast.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "strong journalistic legacy, uncertain future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for people willing to fight their way to them; wealth of talent (some of it under-utilized)

    Cons

    Poor internal communication, poor compensation, CSM's strategy in the digital age changes frequently (par for the course for the whole industry), but resources and priorities aren't always logically set/used


  9. "If you're not a CS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Christian Science Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great holiday recess, family/work flexibility, training offered by HR to improve your skills,

    Cons

    If you are not a Christian Scientist, you won't get very far.


  10. "Good office environment if you're passionate about their direction"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Christian Science Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very team-oriented and mentoring is available at every level

    Cons

    Office hierarchy is based purely off of how much time you've been there


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