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"For the survivors, The Post is good."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

The union has done a good job of ensuring good benefits for all at the Post. The benefits, including a pension plan, are the #1 reason to work here.
Since the newspaper business is changing so quickly, it's best to be interested in that. I'd make that the #2 reason to work here: love of journalism.
And, #3: since journalism/the media business is different every day, most jobs here get that variety, too. Nothing is constant.

Cons

Again, nothing is constant - or reliable.
We are always on deadline, and working late happens for almost everyone at some point.
We are a large company - Washington Post Media - within a larger corporation - The Washington Post company - and information doesn't always move fast enough within these walls.
Recently there were many cutbacks, which produced a drain on morale.

The Washington Post Response

Dec 14, 2016 – The Washington Post Team

Thank you for taking time to write a review. We love hearing about our employees’ positive experiences. We've passed on your feedback to our team. Thank you for choosing to be part of The Washington ... More

Other Employee Reviews for The Washington Post

  1. Helpful (1)

    "The Washington Post is just a stepping stone, NOT the destination."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great resume builder (ie. name recognition) if you can stomach the office politics
    -Lunch is never boring, especially with a plethora of eating locations surrounding the building, as well as great shopping on Conn Ave. Georgetown isn't too far away either.
    -The occasional visit from a few celebrities or politicians makes some days less mundane than others

    Cons

    -Salary is not up to par with industry standards. This is largely due to the fact that the newspaper business model is going through some very hard times.
    -No flexibility in moving around the company (ie. if you work in Advertising, it isn't very easy to move to the Newsroom, unless you know someone).
    -Lack of employee perks, such as employee parking. Even usage of the employee gym comes with a fee, which is automatically taken out of your paycheck.
    -Lack of formal networking events and/or mentorships, which would be a great benefit to all employees.
    -Line managers focus so much time on the problematic employees (this is due to presence of the Guild union) that no time is spent in growing the employees who truly want to see the organization succeed.
    -The current climate is very charged. So many individuals are losing their jobs, which has stifled the moral of the remaining employees. The remaining employees are asked to take on additional duties with no additional manpower. These additional duties coupled with an attitude of 'Who's next?', has crippled promotions as well.
    -Many organizations love to protest and/or picket out front of TWP building which can turn employee arrivals and departures via the 15th St entrance into a BIG hassle.
    -Many senior employees are only 'holding onto' employment here as they do not want to lose their retirement or pension. This makes it extremely hard for the younger staff members to see any potential for long-term growth.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership has to work much much much harder with line managers. Line managers account for many of the departures from TWP and in order to curb this issue, line managers need to work to grow their staff instead of befriending, socializing, and/or competing with them.

    The Washington Post Response

    Dec 14, 2016 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for the review and feedback. In addition to our competitive salaries and benefits, we launched an employee wide perk program offering hundreds of discounts. Thank you again for your feedback ... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Grey Ceiling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast-paced media environment, lots of great reporters still around.

    Cons

    Management completely at sea. Little upward mobility for the young and motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize good management.

    The Washington Post Response

    Dec 13, 2016 – The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for the review and feedback especially around management. Leadership/management is something we take seriously. This year, we launched The Leadership Project, a series of ongoing ... More

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