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The Washington Post Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance, benefits, progressive organization (in 10 reviews)

  • The Post relies on a collaborative work environment and that is how they have become so successful with their tech & digital transformation (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is cleaning house, mostly female managers disappearing (in 10 reviews)

  • There was little transparency from management and a general lack of stability, which are normal news industry things I guess (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Journalist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Washington Post full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you're good at what you do, they'll let you do it. Creative and secure managers allow members of their team to flourish, to explore new talents, to experiment.

    Cons

    It's a tough place. Not sure I really think that's a con, but if you're not built Ford tough, you can be crushed. As long as you know who you are, you can thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders serve.

    The Washington Post Response

    Oct 11, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review especially after being at The Post for more than ten years! We value your feedback since you know this place so well. We agree about the creativity and... More


  2. "Software Engineering Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovation, Flex-Time, Location, parking garage, good working equipment

    Cons

    Boys club, weak leadership, favoritism, benefits, paid parking

    The Washington Post Response

    Sep 18, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience at The Washington Post. We really do mean it's the people who make us who we are and you're part of that. We're glad you've found The... More

  3. "Good Internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Was on a real team not in an 'internship program'

    Cons

    - Work day started late

    The Washington Post Response

    Sep 1, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for leaving a review. We're so glad you had a positive internship with us. We always make sure interns work on real projects and it's a fun, supportive environment for them. Thanks again for... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, mission, and culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Dedicated people, from top to bottom, committed to the broader mission of journalism
    - Culture of innovation and experimentation, especially with Bezos ethos infused throughout the organization
    - Focus on employee development

    Cons

    - With limited growth can come limited opportunities for development and career pathing
    - Still some vestiges of consensus-based decision-making can slow down some projections

    Advice to Management

    Continue to explore new best practices for management and training, and continue to find ways to develop your most committed people

    The Washington Post Response

    Sep 1, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for telling us about your experience being part of The Washington Post family. We agree that our people are focused and dedicated and innovation is part of who we are. Thanks for your feedback... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "An Exciting Time to Work in Media"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The good outweighs the bad"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A forward-thinking culture that embraces using ideas as currency and does a good job of recognizing outside talent. Very good pay and benefits, as well as perks like the outdoor seating areas.

    Cons

    I often get the sense that internal promotion is viewed very negatively at the organizational level. While some new hires are made internally, the decision-makers tend to close themselves off to the very strong pool of candidates from within the paper already, and that is extremely disheartening.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recruit young talent at the lower-level positions, while not making those people stick around to watch other people hired for roles that they're already more than qualified for.

    The Washington Post Response

    Jul 31, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for taking the time to give us feedback. It shows you're invested in The Washington Post and we really appreciate that. We're glad you've enjoyed the benefits and other perks of working at... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Don't trust upper management"

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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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Washington Post full-time

    Pros

    The regular employees are usually a good bunch, creative and fun to be around

    Cons

    Upper management is seriously only out for themselves. Do not trust anyone, especially Employee Relations. If they offer you a retention bonus, RUN.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being awful people.

    The Washington Post Response

    Aug 4, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    We are so sorry you had a negative experience at The Post. We really do take this seriously and would love to hear more so we can be a better place to work for all. Email us at life@washpost.com... More

  8. "Best Decision I've Made So Far - I Love The Post!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Some said leaving a "Career Company" for a news publishing company was a risky move; however, being at the forefront of quality journalism and engineering advances in the industry supported by dedicated employees and of course a wealthy owner turned out to be the best career decision I've made so far! I absolutely love this place.

    What I love most about The Post?
    - The people - friendly and hardworking
    - The positive and engaging work environment
    - The location - sleek building in downtown DC - Franklin park/penthouse rooftop/Lobby Floor Gym
    - The mission - quality journalism supported by boundary pushing technology

    Cons

    None so far. Employer continues to listen, improve engagement and employee benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Especially with improving employee benefits and perks. You have developed a wonderful work environment for your employees. Bravo!

    The Washington Post Response

    Jul 3, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for taking time to write a review. We agree about The Post being made of great people! Thank you for choosing to be part of The Washington Post team!


  9. "Happy to be at the Post"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Great people to work with across the company.
    Healthy work environment.
    Values contributions of employees
    Dynamic, creative workplace
    Rewarding experience

    Cons

    I have not encountered downside

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recognize the creativity of all employees in furthering the mission.

    The Washington Post Response

    Jul 3, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for taking time to write a review. We love hearing about our employees’ positive experiences. Thank you for choosing to be part of The Washington Post team!


  10. "It is true...it is an exciting time to be at The Post"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    The work, culture, work space, and comradery are all great. There are a lot of exciting and innovative things going on at The Post. The Post has several ways to keep the employees engaged and informed, which is a huge plus!

    Cons

    If coming from a slower workplace, you may feel overwhelmed and/or stressed at the pace at which The Post operates. However, after a few weeks/months, I think an employee can find their rhythm and pace.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate with all levels of staff with the vehicles that are currently in place. I think they are working well. Perhaps in the future, consider alternate work schedules in all departments that can, such as 4/10 or 9/80.

    The Washington Post Response

    Jul 3, 2017 – The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for taking time to write a review. We love hearing about our employees’ positive experiences and are encouraged you've found a home here at The Post. Thank you for choosing to be part of... More


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