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The Washington Post Reviews

Updated February 5, 2018
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The Washington Post CEO & Publisher Frederick J. Ryan Jr.
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Pros
  • The Post relies on a collaborative work environment and that is how they have become so successful with their tech & digital transformation (in 11 reviews)

  • A great brand name and worldwide reputation (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is seriously only out for themselves (in 10 reviews)

  • Difficult to move up the ladder (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "An Exciting Time to Work in Media"

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    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I regularly hear from highly tenured people at The Post that we are in the midst of another golden era of the paper, reminiscent of the Watergate years. I wasn't here for that period, but I can attest to the fact that it's an exciting time to be at this organization. Since the sale of the paper to our new owner, we have been encouraged to think big, be innovative in our approach to obstacles and challenges, push the envelope and ask how we can differentiate our products and experiences for subscribers. The environment feels creative and collaborative and my projects are interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    It's a big organization so sometimes it's hard to know what is going on in areas outside of your department.

    The Washington Post Response

    Jul 31, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    We agree- it is an exciting time to work at The Washington Post with the cutting edge journalism and technology taking place daily. We're glad you've found a home here and can't wait to continue to... More


  2. "Creative Video"

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    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

    My colleagues are the best part of this job--I work with the smartest, funniest, most creative people. During my interview I was told "we want you to do the best work of your life here," and management truly gives the resources and freedom to do it.

    Cons

    As everyone says, the benefits could use improvement.

    The Washington Post Response

    Feb 11, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We cannot say it enough- the people behind The Post make The Post. Glad you're team embodies that! Thanks for the feedback on the benefits. We're always... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very Nice"

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    Current Employee - Journalist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Journalist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It it great to work with professionals and get the experience I need.

    Cons

    They all judge me based on my ability only because I am better than them.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone and then hire new people and make them fire you.


  4. "A Posture of Gratefulness"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am an aspiring journalist. To be an employee and have my name associated with The Washington Post, one of the most prestigious publications in the country, if not the world, at the beginning of my career is such a blessing.

    Cons

    It's a business; and business can be tough and at times messy. You will have to know (or quickly learn) how to properly advocate for yourself because very few will do it for you.

    The Washington Post Response

    Feb 1, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We agree with you- The Washington Post has a strong name. It's exciting to work for a legacy brand who is also innovating in the industry! Thanks for the... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time

    Pros

    You're working with some really smart people. Everyone's at the top of their game.

    Cons

    Impersonal office culture. If you're looking to have your work be family, this is not the place.

    The Washington Post Response

    Jan 22, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you found Posties smart and "at the top of their game." It's the people who make The Post so great! We're sorry to hear you found the office... More


  6. "Sales Manager"

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

    I worked at The Washington Post full-time

    Pros

    Rapidly evolving media company with smart, strategic engineering and leadership

    Cons

    Continues to struggle with the decline of print

    The Washington Post Response

    Jan 22, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you found our Engineering teams and Leadership smart and strategic. We are rapidly growing so much that it requires great leadership, which... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Very young employees are treated poorly"

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    Current Employee - Copy Aide in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Copy Aide in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Network expansion, decent benefits as an entry level job, most people are friendly and helpful, frankly it just looks great on a resume to say you worked here at all. If you actually have some journalistic talent, editors are usually happy to accept pitches for stories or videos.

    Cons

    Little room to move up, copy aides are treated like children, poor pay, irregular schedules, pressured to work shifts that we weren’t hired for, copy aide manager (who began late summer 2017) is a micromanager who frequently is territorial and paranoid.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to treat copy aides as peers and not feel threatened by younger employees taking initiative.

    The Washington Post Response

    Jan 10, 2018 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for your honest feedback. We're glad you've found most people friendly and helpful! We're sorry to hear about your experience as a copy aid. We'd love to learn more so we can make The... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrific Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Washington Post is a fast-paced and dynamic place to work. It’s staffed by people who deeply care about their work, are passionate about the paper, and are committed to seeing The Washington Post thrive in a digital future. It’s a friendly and supportive place to work for those who want a job they feel passionate about.

    Cons

    Lots of change in recent years may be leaving some longer-term employees feeling unsure of the future of the paper. Many hope (and believe) the Post will maintain the integrity it’s built up over many years as it heads into a new generation for media companies.

    The Washington Post Response

    Dec 4, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're honored you've found The Washington Post a dynamic place to work . We are passionate and driven by a strong mission in our work. The fact that... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Reporter"

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, great colleagues, good feedback from bosses

    Cons

    Too much turnover plus frenzied work pace

    The Washington Post Response

    Dec 18, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you've found The Washington Post to be a good atmosphere with great colleagues. The people behind The Post is the soul of The Post. We're also... More


  10. "Engaging Culture with Challenging Projects"

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    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

    I very much enjoy the culture here at The Post. All of my colleagues within my department and outside of my department are very welcoming and open to hearing new ideas and perspectives. The work that we do is something that I can be proud of. I also very much feel challenged and have the ability to be the owner of my work.

    Cons

    At this point in time, I do not see any cons at The Post.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep doing what you are doing. I enjoy the town halls, the recognition awards highlighting outstanding employees and their hard work, the engagement activities such as the summer party, our upcoming art show, our wellness fair and so so much more! Please allow us to continue to attract and retain the amazing talent that we have and the amazing talent in the media and technology industry.

    The Washington Post Response

    Oct 24, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Wow. Thank you so much for telling all the things you love about working at The Washington Post. It's true when we say the people behind The Post make it a great place to work and we're glad you... More


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