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Politico Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Free snacks for all taste preferences (in 10 reviews)

  • Fast paced environment, always something to do and never boring (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of communication with management and direct supervisors (in 4 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be grueling; many younger staffers but not huge investments in training or mentorship; free snacks could always be better (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to learn and grow! Coworkers are the best!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Politico is full of passionate and incredibly smart people who make it a great place to come to work each day.
    My coworkers all have great business experience, but also all kinds of great outside interests and expertise that they bring to what we do. I learn so much from each of them every day!

    Cons

    Leadership team is working on communication. It is getting better. Would love to have more town halls or other big meeting instead of just one a year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people! I am excited to come to work each day and never want to lose that.


  2. "Fantastic Place to Work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Politico full-time

    Pros

    -great leaders--addition of 2 new executives have been great. clearly moving in the right direction
    -helpful and connected HR staff who are constantly listening to employees feedback
    -lots of fun, young people who enjoy working together but also build relationships beyond work
    -journalism of the highest quality

    Cons

    would love to see more manager training--managers who want to lead people and not just hit goals.

    Advice to Management

    keep it up! listen to your employees--they are happy but want to be heard.

  3. "Best Decision I Have Ever Made"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is very unique and is constantly improving. Management asks for employee feedback and seeks out opportunities to be transparent about where the company is headed. There are many, but here are some highlights:
    - Great health benefits
    - Fantastic parental leave policy (12 weeks fully paid for new moms and dads)
    - Free snacks for all taste preferences
    - Reduced fee parking
    - Metro subsidy
    - Amazingly smart co-workers
    - 401(k) with company match
    - Responsive to employee feedback
    - Happy hours and networking opportunities
    - Employees are encouraged to attend company events

    Cons

    Of course, not every workplace is perfect. There are some team dynamics that need to be improved with specific departments. It is true, that some managers could benefit from some management training to better lead their teams, however most (if not all) managers care about making POLITICO a great place to work. Lastly, the Company does not have a clear set of values to consistently apply. Sometimes it is hard to make decisions because of competing values vs. business objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Make manager training a top priority and consistently apply the company's values. Otherwise, keep up the good work on improving internal communications and developing policies that make POLITICO an attractive employer!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Questionable leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Politico full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Following the leadership turn-over in early 2016, things have improved dramatically. Things have destabilized, and the executive team is very present and engaged. The addition of an actual HR department, led by a VP of HR, has been a tremendous improvement. Expanded benefits (parental leave) and other perks (cafe snacks) have been great in the last few months. There appears to be a renewed dedication to improving the technical infrastructure and support systems at the company - for clients as well as employees.

    Cons

    There are still significant shortcomings at the executive level that unless addressed, will continue to cause many of the same problems that have hindered the organization's progress for the past few years.

    For example, on the Pro sales side, one might describe the environment as "kids running kids." Poor leadership that encourages unprofessional behavior is rampant and goes all the way up to the department head. There's a lot of emphasis on "culture" that many take to mean "send cutesy emails." Micromanagement is a constant and no one understands or respects roles across the company. The mindset appears to be "everyone else in the organization works for US" as opposed to being partners with other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a management consultant ASAP and be prepared to truly listen. There are some serious bad habits that need to be broken as well as completely misguided views on what it means to be a leader in this organization. If those behaviors can't be corrected then the CEO and executive team should be prepared to make some tough decisions about who they have leading their departments. Without a change, the organization will only struggle further.


  5. "Nowhere better than here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Politico full-time

    Pros

    Coming to POLITICO was one of the best decisions that I could have made for my career. Management is always willing to talk and help you explore your interests within the company. The people here are passionate about not just our craft, but also about their specific job functions. We have some fantastic in-office benefits like a cafe that is always fully stocked, coffee machines around the office, and a terrace with a beautiful view of DC.

    Cons

    Sometimes traffic is bad coming in during the morning, but that is to be expected given the proximity to the city.


  6. "Business Development Associate"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good culture, improving product.

    Cons

    Poor communication, replaceability, heavily numbers oriented

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the bottom of the Totem Pole


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking ship!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Politico full-time

    Pros

    Good snack options. Smart reporters. Decent brand to have on your resume.

    Cons

    HR is a joke. They throw all of their money around for parties, instead of investing in training and actual meaningful programs. Priorities change daily and management will throw anyone under the bus to save themselves. It seems like no one really knows what their doing or what they even want.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that know what they're doing and let them actually do it. You have great talent but no one will stay long because you view talent as a threat instead of an asset. Listen to employee feedback!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Soulless"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Editor in Rosslyn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Politico full-time

    Pros

    Name carries weight in DC
    Lots of great reporting talent though people don't stay long

    Cons

    Top level editors promote sensationalism, favor certain reporters and undercut mid level editors
    Company changes priorities every five minutes
    There is no loyalty. Watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Get real management training ASAP. Managers are making basic morale-destroying mistakes.


  9. "Pro reporter sees good and bad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Politico full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The place is well respected and working here as a reporter opens a lot of doors to additional sources, stories and opportunities. For Pro reporters, you can easily become of the top reporters on the beat. The pay is also generally better than most "trade" publications.

    Cons

    The place has basically two newsrooms; Pro and "main," or the free site. Top editors seem to only care about the main reporters and only care about the work of Pro when they bother to pay attention, which isn't often. It makes it frustrating to work as a Pro reporter.

    Advice to Management

    Management has tried to address this issue but needs to work harder to recognize the work of the many Pro reporters who are legit stars on their beats but totally unnoticed within their newsroom.


  10. "Could not recommend more!!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Wonderful team
    - I feel supported my my managers and peers
    -Great growth opportunities
    -SO many work perks (hello free snacks!)
    - Management cares about engagement of employees and is actively working to do better

    Cons

    - Lack of communication between departments


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