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Media Matters for America Reviews

Updated December 19, 2016
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  1. "Work Hard and you'll go far"

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

    Pros

    There is a strong culture of promotion from within, so people who are dedicated and hard workers can often see rewards if they're willing to stick around. I found if you show them that you're putting in the effort to produce and improve they'll invest in you. They are extremely loyal and will fight for their workers; they are less good about communicating how hard they are fighting for you, though, which can lead to misunderstandings.

    Cons

    Long hours and turnover (particularly among the entry level jobs) leads to a lot of stress. There is occasionally an unwillingness to be upfront with people when the work they are producing isn't great, which leads to unhappiness as people don't understand why they didn't get a raise or promotion. I worked there for many years, however, and I can say that election years are the most stressful; on off years you have much more room to explore and try fun new projects.

    Advice to Management

    Better, consistent feedback for employees helps, and general communication overall. When one person gets promoted over another, give the full staff a story about why the person who was promoted really went above and beyond -- not everyone sees every piece of work or late night.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid at all cost. Turnover is high for a reason. You can do better."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Media Matters for America full-time

    Pros

    Hard-working, well-intending team of (mostly) lefty millennials who are smart and passionate about what they do. Union gig. Pay is not great for D.C. living, but not lousy. Connections to other left-wing establishment organizations.

    Cons

    Media Matters is the single most unnecessarily stressful, tense, micromanaged, suffocating and negative workplace you could imagine.

    Emails must be responded to within minutes, otherwise a virtual scolding is in order. Everything you do is timed – just read the manual – and strict requirements are enforced. And the feedback is as constructive as a wrecking ball.

    Talking in the office is largely frowned-upon, so you will spend your day staring at computer and TV monitors and clinging to social interaction through gchat.

    Office culture is cliquey and young mid-management likes picking favorites.

    In terms of diversity, the staff loves ripping conservatives for not being more inclusive of minorities, yet the upper echelons of their own organization is composed almost entirely of white males.

    Politically, the organization as a whole is largely in the tank for establishment Democrats and it shows in their work, so the "progressive" label is questionable at best. You will face constant resistance and opposition trying to push for truly progressive content.

    The majority of your time will be spent gutter-sniping and tackling low-hanging fruit such as Sean Hannity saying something outrageous about Hillary Clinton, making you essentially a glorified Democratic PR firm.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden your aims and stop resisting people with more radical views than yourselves. Start treating your staff like people. Loosen up.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Management needs some work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Media Matters for America full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. People are very nice. Young people, very fun place to work if you care about progressive politics. Good pay for a non-profit.

    Cons

    Very few people know how to manage and motivate the team. Sometimes can do the exact opposite. Sometimes can baby workers who know what they're doing.

    Advice to Management

    Relax. There are good people who know what they're doing. It'll all be ok.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful People, Interest Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to learn about the media, writing on a deadline, building your brand on social media and many researchers are interviewed on the radio. If you are looking for your first job out of college and want to work on progressive issues in policy or in the media world being in general research is the place to cut your teeth.

    The people that work there are not always the chattiest but they are all very nice and the office is drama free.

    The organization is very good at promoting from within and letting staff jump from one area to another i.e. a social media person may go into research or a researcher may go into communications.

    The office is very inclusive to the queer community and boosts a number of LGBT employees up and down the organization -- its a very positive space.

    Over the two years there I have found the organization embracing diversity and becoming a more diverse workplace seeing more women and people of color joining the organization.

    Researchers who work on a policy team have a high degree of autonomy to pursue stories and content.

    The work you do does make a difference in countering conservative media myths and frequently is cited by other outlets.

    Cons

    Research is split into general research that follows the news cycle and policy teams that dive into issues. While being in general research is a good place for someone to cut their teeth it can be very demanding.

    General researchers rotate their shifts so while one normally works 9-5 sometimes you work earlier in the morning or come in during the evening (but not everyone views this as a con).

    General research spends a great deal of time monitoring the media, this will help you have a keen understanding of the media but it is work intensive (not really a con just something you should be prepared for).

    Management sometimes makes decisions without input from the rest of the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Overall wonderful place, only advice take more time to talk to the staff and use more consensus decision making for figuring out the logistics of managing the research.


  6. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Great work environment -- lots of personal and professional support and an overall positive feel to the office
    - Rewarding work as long as you realize your daily tasks are part of a larger process/effort towards something good
    - Very talent and hardworking staff
    - Decent amount of turnover but generally seems for the better -- people find a better fit and leave or advance internally
    - Lots of opportunities for development of skills and interests

    Cons

    - Hard to unplug
    - Definitely about fit -- if you don't click with the mission, workflow, and voice it seems harder to get as much out of your experience and enjoy


  7. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Media Matters for America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Media Matters' staff is exceptionally driven and talented across-the-board.

    The staff is typically young, often in a transition between undergrad and grad school.

    The organization is more constructive than competitive internally.

    High rates of turnover tend to create lots of opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    High rates of turnover can be unnerving to new-hires.

    Office culture tends to encourage people to work long hours.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Important and interesting work at a pressure cooker. Look elsewhere if you can, or don't stay long."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you're a liberal or a Democrat, monitoring and pushing back on conservative lies being spread through the media is important work. Someone has to do it and MMFA is the most well known group that does it. Its work is well-respected throughout DC. So it's a good experience to put on your resume before you leave to go do bigger things.

    It's also one of the most well-funded liberal groups in the country, with a significant fundraising operation - which means the organization isn't on the verge of financial collapse like a lot of smaller groups.

    Most of the coworkers there are smart fun people. You'll laugh a lot and learn a ton, especially if you're starting out in your 20s. Most of your coworkers will be in their 20s. You'll also have the opportunity to make a small name for yourself because you'll be putting your name on the work products. Free soda. Casual dress.

    Cons

    You will have to listen to right-wing garbage all day, which will grind you down and make you feel like you're fighting an unwinnable war. Also, if you're putting your name on the blog posts or whatever, you'll get identified and harassed by Fox News fans. Those work products will live on the Internet forever.

    It's stressful there, full of stressed out people and stressful work. The work hours are long, and some researchers have to do rotating shifts during graveyard hours and during the weekend. You will often feel like "I don't get paid enough for this crap," especially when you learn how much the senior management make. No, you will not make it top management because of the low ceiling. At best you might get to be a Team Leader before you get bitter about the lack of career advancement and low salary and then leave.

    The personnel structure has many young researchers and a few white men in the top leadership spots. Make what you will of the fact that David Brock sits at the very top; he's a controversial, polarizing figure. Ask around if you're curious. Lots of staff turnover. The organization as a whole is stable, but you individually will not feel job security. Higher-ups won't hesitate with layoffs while paying themselves huge salaries. They don't give a damn about you, so don't expect a warm and fuzzy workplace.

    Don't go there if you can't deal with higher-ups sending you vicious feedback. Don't go there if you have fragile self-esteem. Unless you have a very strong social support system, don't plan on staying there long if you're a working parent, a woman, or a person of color.

    Advice to Management

    We all know you're not going to change your ways, don't we. There will always be too many young people desperate for Washington experience for you to bother.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Couldn't ask for a better work environment or first job"

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    Current Employee - Researcher
    Current Employee - Researcher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Media Matters for America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone here is talented and smart. Management has instituted a supervisor system that's entire purpose is to foster personal and professional growth -- supervisors work directly with your writing and create drastic improvements. They fight for you to be able to do content of interest with you and encourage you to request time to do independent research on topics interesting to you. My colleagues are some of the brightest people I know and some of my best friends. The work environment is really fun. There has been some turnover this year, and I think that a lot of the previous problems (which I was not here for) have been sorted out. All my fellow colleagues love working here. Management is also very supportive of our work. This is a great place to foster writing skills, political knowledge, and to spend your working hours.

    Cons

    One department has a rotating night shift, which is not the most fun to be on but is necessary for the job and only comes in two week time periods. They are making this occur less often, but you know this signing up for the job.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously keep it up!


  10. "Title"

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

    Pros

    Important work. Lax dress code. Great training for future work in communications, research or journalism

    Cons

    Management has a hard time communicating organizational goals and keeping track of a talent pipeline

    Advice to Management

    Get a Human Resources Department and


  11. "Difficult hours, young staff, but good cause"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Media Matters for America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun and passionate people at the workplace and if you like news and media this is a good spot to see it all

    Cons

    The hours can be tough and its a very open environment as a workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep progressing forward, there have been bumps in the road, but they have tried to make the work experience improve and hopefully they continue thay



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