Politico Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2020

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3.1
51%
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60%
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Politico CEO  Patrick Steel
Patrick Steel
31 Ratings
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  • "High turnover which means you’re constantly being asked to pick up the slack or take on 2 jobs for free(in 8 reviews)

  • "Lack of communication between departments(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Politico full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of opportunites to learn and work on different skills. Great people to work with. Great work life balance

    Cons

    Needs more structure around merits and bonuses

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  2. "Great People / Pay could be higher"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Politico full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing Co-workers and great benefits

    Cons

    The Pay could be higher


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Too Many Changes"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Events in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Politico full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Care about professional growth, office perks are great

    Cons

    Decisions are made in a vacuum, harassment claims are taken seriously but no actions are taken

  4. "Doing great things"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Politico full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture, upward mobility, learning & development opportunities, perks and benefits.

    Cons

    Very dynamic, which isn't always bad, but leadership tends to take a while to come to a final decision.

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  5. "Don't Do It"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Politico full-time

    Pros

    snacks are plentiful and office space is nice

    Cons

    The entire operation. It is not sustainable.

  6. "Great Brand, Bad Operation"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Politico full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well-known, marketable brand, nice office space, decent work-life balance, friendly, intelligent co-workers

    Cons

    Leadership is disorganized, lacks integrity, resign to short-term thinking and are disinterested in growing talent. Large brand, with a medium-sized organization - with high turnover, that operates like a small company who may not be able to pay the bills next month.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work here"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Politico full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    none that come to mind

    Cons

    Associates are grossly overworked and underpaid. If you have any interest in sales, find a different job I guarantee it will pay MUCH more and offer more opportunities for advancement. If you're interested in politics and working for a political media company don't work here. You will be cold calling and sending pre-scripted emails for 10+ hours a day and have no interaction with editorial. Goals are impossible to hit so nobody receives bonuses and the base salary is barely enough to live off of in DC. Believe the rest of the reviews and find a job somewhere else. If you work here you'll regret it.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Wouldn’t recommend"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pro Sales in Rosslyn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Politico full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers are great, smart, driven people and POLITICO has name recognition. Basically the positives are that your work friends and the company name will help you get out of this job!

    Cons

    High stress with no payoff. You’re not rewarded for your effort or skill, just your ability to hit the continuously moving goals management puts in front of you. The office politics and gossipy nature of management makes it an impossible environment for a new college grad to navigate. You can be fired at any time and it’s really hard to get promoted so I’d recommend keeping up your job search while you work here. They play favorites, and there is 0 diversity in management. High turnover which means you’re constantly being asked to pick up the slack or take on 2 jobs for free.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sounds better than it is"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Politico full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Snacks, name recognition on resume

    Cons

    The sort of place where they offer you unlimited vacation, but punish you for taking vacation days for emergencies. Micromanaging, poor communication of expectations, gossipy, unprofessional directors that pick favorites and many unsubstantiated rumours that affect eho is assigned to whom. Below market pay for the hours expected. Hours expected are radically more than the hours offered. If you value professional development, mental health, compensation, culture, or interesting work, you've been warned.

  10. Helpful (3)

    ""Do not work for new business-- if you do.. you'll be burnt out in a year""

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Politico full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers -- great brand name for resume building.

    Cons

    Management- mid to senior level They are understaffed, and there is too much transition happening at once. They have a false sense of reality when communicating to associates. They will not recognize the real concerns that associates have, who are in the trenches every day on the “frontlines of the business”. Associates are paired with Account Executives who have no management training yet whose opinion and leadership styles greatly impact associate development and performance. Communication – Internal meetings take up large chunks of your day, and you report to about 5 different managers to which you are told contradicting statements and advice. You are given long winded emails with goals communicated to you and high fives given to those that have achieved the unrealistic expectations for that week. Communication between leadership and the associate team is greatly flawed and unrealistic. It is almost like they don't know how to communicate goals and process changes to their own team. Culture- Associates are encouraged to not take lunch in order to be able to commit to more outreach in a day if they are behind on goal. Several associates work from hours 8am to 6 or 7pm, with high stress levels, and a horrible work life balance. Senior leadership staff have also spoken about associate performance out in common areas where other associates often hear themselves being talked about negatively. Professional development- There is no professional development in place for associates. There is no skill development. Cross-department education on other roles within the company does not exist as well. There also have been roles created that are given to external hires and not even mentioned to employees who have inquired about upward mobility previously. Essentially, once you start hitting goal consecutively, they MAY give you stretch roles depending on your relationship with management. There is no set guideline to how you can move up, based on your tenure, skill set or performance. Performance – As with most sales jobs, you are measured by number of outreach and meetings you set for your account executive. If you do not hit these goals, there is no indication, no warning, no guidelines communicated to when you may have a microscope place on you. Those who do not hit goal are micromanaged almost to each 15-minute block in their day. This as you can imagine, stunts growth, causes deep anxiety among associates and does not perpetuate growth. The entire new business team operates in an immature manner and often management pinholes associates and micromanages those who are not hitting goal. If you perform well one quarter with a particular AE there is no guarantee that they will keep you placed with that. Constant territory switches and pairings, makes you start from ground zero each quarter, making adjustments and your day to day even more stressful. Point Blank: You don’t get paid enough for the output that is expected of you.

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