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The Washington Post Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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The Washington Post CEO & Publisher Frederick J. Ryan Jr.
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  • "Upper management is seriously only out for themselves" (in 10 reviews)

  • "However, through a quiet process of attrition, we've been made to feel disposable and that no one can actually be indispensible" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great culture, lot of cross-org collaboration"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - TWP has a great culture with a lot of transparency and collaboration across teams and orgs.
     - Career development and ongoing 'leadership/management' training is taken very seriously here; the HR team does an exceptional job
     - Heavy investment in product and engineering, but with shared common goal of enabling growth within the newsroom (talent, coverage, etc).
     - The DC office is beautiful physical space to get to work in every day

    Cons

    - Benefits could be a bit better (although to TWP's credit, they do seem to be getting better)
     - Could use a bit more top-down transparency around long-term strategy; I feel I get more insight into TWP's strategy from industry publications than I do from leadership
     - Speed is is a cultural pillar at TWP, but I've found it often comes at a cost

    Advice to Management

    Begin holding quarterly meetings around state of the business and long-term strategy.

    The Washington Post Response

    Oct 29, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    We're glad you've found The Post to be a great place to work. Our people set the culture of The Post and we're proud of it. Thanks for the feedback on the benefits, strategy, and speed. We'd love to... More


  2. "You've come a long way, WaPo"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Washington Post full-time

    Pros

    - There's no better newsroom on the planet.
    - WaPo will become the WordPress of Newspapers--- the tech operation is awesome
    - Headquarters is nice
    - Culture of experimentation is inspiring

    Cons

    - Pay could be better, and maybe a few little perks at the office
    - The ad business is still very challenged (as in the rest of the media world)

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving. WaPo has come a long way.

  3. "Benefit is getting to say you work for WAPO, besides that benefits aren't that great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Finance in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice work environment, recently up'd 401k match to 3%, and you get to feel as if you are making a change.

    Cons

    Health insurance is a joke my pay increased from my last career but it balanced out in the end from the high out of pocket on insurance. no FSA match, management is a little to concerned with sticking to set hours, they would rather you work 8 hours from 9-6 than being flexible of doing like 7-4 pr something.

    The Washington Post Response

    Nov 6, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to give us feedback. We're glad you are enjoying the work environment, the mission, and our increased 401k match. Thanks for giving us feedback too. We're committed to... More


  4. "Account Executive"

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

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun/forward thinking work environment. Good people, and a very exciting place to be working at this moment in time.

    Cons

    Bad 401k match, internal processes on the print side are antiquated

    The Washington Post Response

    Oct 8, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you've found The Washington Post a fun, exciting workplace with great people. We agree! Thanks for your feedback about the 401k match. We hear... More


  5. "Loved working here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Washington Post full-time

    Pros

    I loved being a reporter here. The people are amazing and so talented and the work clearly has impacted. The benefits were incredible

    Cons

    Some of the editors were not as talented as the reporters they were managing

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. "Fast Paced Environment with Lot's of Room to Grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Digital Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    +working in an industry and company that really matters
    +very fast paced environment, if something is broken it's addressed unlike other companies that i've been a part of
    +the team I work is very experience so there's plenty of opportunity learn a lot and gain knowledge that will advance my career
    +the pay is consistent with the industry

    Cons

    +the benefits leave a lot to be desired
    +at least on my team, there is no opportunity to move up in job positions so most of the people on the team will probably leave the company after 2-3 years which is unfortunate considering how talented everyone is.
    +the management regularly has our team work outside of normal working hours

    Advice to Management

    +integrate our team more with the rest of the engineering department

    The Washington Post Response

    Oct 8, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for writing a review and giving us feedback on what's working and areas we need to look at. In terms of career development, we recently launched The Growth Project, providing career... More


  7. "Great company! I love working here!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer, Arc Publishing in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Developer, Arc Publishing in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, the work is always interesting and rewarding, innovation is encouraged and constant

    Cons

    It is a pretty big company so it can be hard to get to know everyone. Departments tend to be pretty secluded. I was pretty sad they did not have an education allowance as well when I first started, but I learn so much on the job now that I have decided not to go back to school anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Continue checking in with employees and being flexible to change and growth

    The Washington Post Response

    Sep 6, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review! Glad you're enjoying working at The Washington Post and are learning so much on the job. If you want on-the-job training, this is the place to do it... More

  8. "Editorial"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time

    Pros

    Name recognition is great. It opens many doors, and you'll get access in many different public avenues for story coverage.

    Cons

    There is no room to grow. The rumor about the old-school leadership being "dinosaurs" is true. It's common to see editors and managers get promoted to their current jobs after great, illustrious careers as writers and reporters. A great reporter, however, doesn't always make a great leader. I've had more than a couple bosses that have horrible "bed-side manners" with volatile temperaments; they lack interpersonal skills. It speaks volumes that they just don't know how to treat their employees professionally. Lots of yelling and trashing people behind their backs, even at team meetings. There's also a culture of blame when mistakes are made. No one owns up. (For example, the photo team blames editorial for their lack of communication, and then the editorial team blames photo team for being slow and stubborn; vice versa). The different teams here do not work well together, and it doesn't look like it's getting better. Also, the pay is generally low and you have to work holidays, as the newsroom never sleeps.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if you train editors and leaders how to lead and manage. Editors are not reporters anymore. Learn how to work with others, and learn how to shepherd people under you. Provide avenues for mentorship, where employees can grow in their jobs. (Brown bag lunches don't count). Listen to them. Find creative paths for them to contribute when they ask for them. Train older employees how to use a computer and printer (seriously) and methode, and not depend on the younger people under them. If you learn to respect your employees, we in return will respect you more.

    The Washington Post Response

    Oct 17, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to give us honest feedback. We want to be a great place to work for all and your feedback is helpful in working toward that. We take your points very seriously as career... More


  9. "Press Operator (Springfield)"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Press Operator in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Press Operator in Springfield, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at The Washington Post part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to wor. Good pay and benifits

    Cons

    Worked the night shift. The newspaper is made everyday so shifts rotate

    Advice to Management

    None

    The Washington Post Response

    Aug 27, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review and for the honest feedback. We appreciate it. Thanks for your years of service on The Post team!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great long-term option"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Washington Post full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and colleagues. Great name recognition on resume.

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement opportunities. Very little investment in employee well-being and mentorship.

    The Washington Post Response

    Sep 6, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your experience working at The Washington Post. We’re glad you enjoyed working for a brand name with great colleagues. We agree! The people really make The... More


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