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  1. "The Hill's Rag is Not Cleaning Up"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It has:
    A great reputation.
    A real newsroom with series employees.
    Almost a fair salary, just a little below the going rate.
    Offices that are somewhat close to the Hill.

    Cons

    Some of the editors are sharks.
    They are losing money fast.
    They have no way of increasing income.
    You will always be updating your resume during the next layoff.
    They took CQ, which was profitable and siphoned off their dough.

    Advice to Management

    Find new ways of competing with Politico. Mirror CQ's models. Grow outside the beltway. Put your archives and old print up so people can use it as a pay for information service.


  2. "Overworked for nothing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Roll Call is well-respected on Capitol Hill and beyond, so it has good name recognition. It is also owned by The Economist, so there are added benefits within the Group. The location was good, too, but rumors are that this will be changing soon.

    Cons

    Really high turnover and little to no leadership training has led Roll Call to have bad management techniques, which has led to really low employee morale throughout both Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly.

    Advice to Management

    Decide your mission and what makes all your products unique, then utilize your staff to create the best products possible. Too much overlap and too many under-experienced people means there's frustration with the people who know what they are doing.


  3. "Bad morale at Roll Call"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The reputation of, along with the access and connections you gain at Roll Call are great.

    Cons

    Staff are treated very poorly. They are seen as a easily disposable commodity.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people a whole lot better.


  4. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place with lots of room for advancement.

    Cons

    Management can be secretive and not always recognize staff.


  5. "roller coaster"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    high-demand, well-known product and generous sales commission structure

    Cons

    pathologically insane, incompetent, unqualified sales management

    Advice to Management

    Advice was taken by London HQ: All sr. execs were eliminated.


  6. "Great at first, but failing now..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roll Call full-time

    Pros

    The people there are incredibly knowledgeable about their craft. The best in the business, news-wise.

    Cons

    Management has a difficult time communicating their actions and reasons to staff. They are known for their massive layoffs for not meeting their projected business numbers, and as discreetly as possible laying off tens of people at a time. Loyalty isn't the greatest asset of the company.


  7. "Collegial atmosphere, smart coworkers"

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, respectful and open communication between management and underlings. Opportunities to move within company. PTO good if you've been there awhile.

    Cons

    Upper management is too top-heavy. Editing process is cumbersome for some products. Late night, evening work and shifts change week to week. Raises are small.