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National Journal Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "NJ"

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    Former Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Journal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun and smart people to work with

    Cons

    little room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Grow young employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    "If you like kool-aid,"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Journal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Iconic location and great office views. Strong PTO policy, and a culture that awards complete loyalty - particularly if you start at the ground floor as in right out of college and are willing to live on no money. The unlimited soda fountain is also pretty sweet, and the roof top wifi is great.

    Cons

    Where to begin.... NJ is quickly loosing relevancy on many levels. A current operating membership business model that worked well in the 80's - that has never managed to evolve or change to what is competitive within the industry beyond what it was. The culture at its core, is a pure reflection of what most of the country finds horribly wrong about DC and the current political system - its broken, ego centric amongst the overly pumped up elite/executive leadership group, unable to make decisions that are for the greater good, reactive, and rotten on the inside once you peel back the glossy smiley exterior. Everything is constantly changing, but never in any constructive way. People come in with great ideas - and a few even have the bench strength / experience to be able to effectively lead - but if one of the original mean kids doesn't like them - they're gone. Very very gossipy and too many conversations happening behind close doors, about stuff that doesn't really matter.

    Advice to Management

    Have a vision - and share it widely to get support. Throw out the old and bring in new fresh thinking. Bring in a new outside group of qualified leaders who understand customer focused behavior, needs and business models. It worked for the Atlantic...


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Unrewarding"

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

    I worked at National Journal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly smart hard working people. Good PTO policy.

    Cons

    No investment in developing employees. Poor pay for the amount of hours you will work. HR will do nothing to address serious management issues. No career development. The organization does not value the investment their employees make in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Please take into consideration the reviews your employees depart with. There is a reason 10+ employees have left the membership team in the past year. It's not that their not talented.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Went through rough transistion"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing office/location -- wonderful coworkers and having breakfast every morning served by the lovely Rosita.

    Cons

    Went to war with Politico in 2010 which necessitated changes. The Transition was rough as nearly a third of my department was laid-off.

    Advice to Management

    Hire smart talent and not just cater to the 'yes men' around the office. Fresh ideas deserve praise!


  6. "Challenging, inspiring and too political"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Journal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work, opportunities to be inspired

    Cons

    Too political. Can be volatile work environment

    Advice to Management

    Shift a little focus away from the bottom line to employee development and retention


  7. "Great work environment"

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    Former Employee - Fellowship in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fellowship in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Journal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talented workforce along with a great team enviromnet. beautiful workspace in the watergate in foggy bottom dc.

    Cons

    overly qualified entry level workforce with little room for growth within the company. outside hires make up new higher level hires


  8. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with great people!

    Cons

    Sometime feels like consultant work instead of research


  9. "Still a little stuck in the past, but very positive outlook"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Journal full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic culture; smart, talented people. Lots of latitude to implement new ideas. Free coffee ;).

    Cons

    Salaries on the lower side for this region. The website is not user-friendly, and doesn't offer clear insight into the company's mission and value proposition.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the website into alignment with the current business model; and make it something our members will actually use (and enjoy using).


  10. "Too Many Silos"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fellow
    Current Employee - Fellow
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Journal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great bennifits package, smart compassionate colleagues

    Cons

    Very few people end up in senior management roles- the majority of lower level staff are in their early 20s and the people managing them are in their late 30s, so there do not seem to be many mid career professionals. Additionally, various departments are incredibly separate; this is not a place were one can easily change job functions.

    Advice to Management

    Have weekly meetings that bring department heads together- collaboration makes the company stronger.


  11. "No Money Mo Problems"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Journal full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited paid time off (although they pressure you into working through holidays), young staff

    Cons

    Unclear expectations from management, opaque leadership style to cover up total disorganization and frequent failures, incredibly low salaries even several years into working there, frequent drastic changes to company infrastructure, aggressive and poorly executed firings of staff - even senior staff - to accommodate aforementioned drastic changes to company infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    Morale is low. Pay people more, get someone in charge of the company who knows what they're doing/have genuine business experience... you can't keep hiring internally/promoting yourselves when no one knows what they're doing.


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