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"Great Experience, Tough Job"

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Former Employee - Reporter
Former Employee - Reporter
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Associated Press full-time

Pros

Greatest bootcamp in journalism, period. Learn how to be a great reporter, to be faster and more accurate than just about anyone else in the game. And learn in trial by fire.

Cons

Bootcamp never ends, and this can feel like a never-ending slog of thankless grunt work. Not a lot of room for growth, union is abysmally backward, salary is almost impossible to live off of in major cities.

Advice to Management

Fire half of yourselves.

Other Employee Reviews for Associated Press

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Some very smart people, but many clinging to old ways/era; Earning potential grim"

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

    I have been working at Associated Press full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management attuned to need for work/life balance; some interesting issues to work on; opportunity to be part of change; generous leave benefits

    Cons

    Salary growth is nonexistent; no clear path for advancement; minimal training opportunities so skills can languish; union environment contentious and resistant to change; many long-time employees too stuck in past era and resting on old ways of doing things

    Advice to Management

    Salaries are below-market, which makes it impossible to imagine staying for the long-haul. If you can't offer better compensation, then you should be actively mentoring employees to expand their skills and job satisfaction. Right now the enterprise is too lean to allow anyone the time/space to learn other aspects of the organization. This is short-sighted.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "staff outside journalism ranks not valued, disposable"

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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 Associated Press full-time

    Pros

    Name recognition, prestige; it really is the best news organization in the world. Most ethical and talented journalists in the world. Really great, caring, co-workers, colleagues, some wonderful managers, directors. Friends for life. Very customer-oriented.

    Cons

    Internal operations is a nightmare. Benefits are worse each year and more expensive. Even with token salary increases, take-home is consistently less each year. No career advancement, no recognition or compensation for increased responsibilities or making significant contributions to company. Upper management credibility is low; message inconsistent and at odds with actions. Work-life balance is sketchy. No OT, and difficult to take comp time. Continual layoffs and reorgs. Very high stress, fearful environment. Pay range is insulting for non-journalist ranks. Promises seldom kept to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Just because it looks good on a spreadsheet doesn't mean it's a good idea or even possible. Please listen to staff ideas; retain experience and talent. Don't lose all your star employees and become a mediocre company.

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