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  1. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    it's complicated

    May 26, 2019 - Scrum Master in Washington, DC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    well lit, comfortable office cool products socially relevant and valuable customer (the newsroom)

    Cons

    complex and disorganized management structure so many managers superhero culture top down power structure with strong features of micromanagement, and paranoid, rigid control chaos creates burnout and random constant direction changes at every level

    4 people found this review helpful

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    The Washington Post Team

    We’re disappointed to hear your feedback about working at The Washington Post. We take it seriously as we strive to be a great place to work for everyone. In terms of management, we’ve invested in growing a strong management and leadership team. Several years ago, we launched The Leadership Project to train, coach, and come alongside managers so they can build strong teams. Your feedback suggests otherwise and we’d like to hear more so that we can better understand what support we can provide. Feel free to confidentially email us with more specific details so we can address it: life@washpost.com. Thanks in advance.

  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Awesome coworkers. Good place for long-term career.

    Jan 3, 2022 - Software Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Most, if not all, of the coworkers are both smart and kind -Managers/editors care about people. They are usually thoughtful and supportive. -There are different career paths to explore if you want to -The pay reflects industry standard and better than most newsroom. They don't try to lowball people.

    Cons

    -Working from home is discouraged. The higher management had a back-to the office mandate plan.

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  3. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Editorial

    Oct 3, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    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.

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    1 person found this review helpful

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    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 development, breaking down silos, and training our leadership are important to us. Several years ago, we launched The Leadership Project, a program that nurtures a community of leaders looking to develop their leadership capacity and advance The Post’s mission. Through The Leadership Project, managers go through training and exercises to ensure they are leading well. In addition to The Leadership Project, we’re working with the Poynter Institute on advanced leadership training and the second class was completed last week. Inspired by both these efforts, we launched The Growth Project this year to provide all employees with opportunities to develop, learn, and collaborate with each other. Despite these two programs, it sounds like they were not helpful to you. In order for us to grow, we’d love to hear more about your situation. Feel free to confidentially and anonymously e-mail us at life@washpost.com. Thank you!

  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    A port in the storm during the pandemic, and before

    Sep 16, 2020 - Staff Reporter in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Welcoming staff; thorough job training; opportunities for continued education; generous moving stipend; 6 month parental leave; empathetic management; having your work be seen by a massive audience.

    Cons

    1) Before the pandemic, a con was not being able to work remotely. That could be more flexible after we go back to the office. Would be great to have that be a more accepted practice. 2) Newsroom diversity still an issue

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    The Washington Post Response

    The Washington Post Team

    We’re glad that you see the culture and benefits as one that empowers employees. Thank you for also mentioning diversity and remote working. The Washington Post performs best when we have a diverse and inclusive culture. So far, we’ve added more diversity-focused roles and launched an annual report to track how we are performing in this area. We’d like to learn more about your perspective on diversity and remote working. Feel free to confidentially email us at life@washpost.com to give more detailed feedback.

  5. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Talented people, working hard toTa convey good vvvvjournalism.

    Aug 12, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for people who are committed and ambitious. A newsroom open to ideas and innovation. Our industry is going through tremendous change, but The Post at least is open to change, and now with the purchase by Jeff Bezos, I'm sure you'll see more change.

    Cons

    Quality of editors varies, some excellent, some not so much. Some editors not adventurous enough, or insightful enough to spot good ideas and implement them or not confident enough to let their reporters run with a good idea.

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    The Washington Post Response

    The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for taking time to write a review. We love hearing about our employees’ (past and present) positive experiences working with us. We've passed on your feedback to our team and if you have any other feedback, feel free to email us: life@washpost.com. Thank you for allowing The Washington Post to be part of your career journey!

  6. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Warm Family in Need of some Counseling

    Jul 30, 2010 - Section News Aide in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    There's nothing like working at the Post. Small newsroom feel, where everyone knows each other. Great access to everything and everyone. Fun place to work. Dedicated co-workers.Great benefits.

    Cons

    New management is somewhat out of touch in terms of newsroom morale. Pay is pretty bad if you are on young and/or not a star reporter.

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    The Washington Post Response

    The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for the review and feedback especially around new management. Leadership/management is something we take seriously. This year, we launched The Leadership Project, a series of ongoing development opportunities for all leaders across The Post. We have a commitment toward growth and making The Washington Post a great place to work for all and we appreciate the feedback. If you have other ways we can improve, feel free to email us: life@washpost.com.

  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    I love working for The Post

    Nov 11, 2020 - Assignment Editor in Washington, DC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The Post values collaboration, rewards hard work, is innovative and focused on growth and success throughout the organization. It's a culture mostly free of newsroom politics and full of genuinely nice & thoughtful people. I have the resources I need to create impactful journalism and feel really fortunate to work for The Post at a time when many U.S. newsrooms are suffering,

    Cons

    The Post is working to improve its record promoting people of color but there's room for improvement, especially in the upper ranks. The Post has improved in this area of late but should keep pressing.

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    1 person found this review helpful

    The Washington Post Response

    The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for your thoughtful review about working at The Post. We are glad that you are experiencing our rewarding and innovative culture. At The Post, we continue to build initiatives focused on diversity, inclusion and equity based on demographic data and feedback like yours. If you have any other feedback or recommendations, please email us at life@washpost.com

  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great first step

    Sep 27, 2021 - Copy Aide in Washington, DC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    This has been my first job out of college. I appreciate the attentive management and the opportunities to grow and learn.

    Cons

    Diversity in the newsroom and pay isn't really a living wage for the entry level positions - but this is all standard practice.

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  9. 5.0
    Former Intern

    Best newsroom internship in the country — seriously

    Aug 30, 2017 - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Hands-on experience with fantastic editors, keyed into the inner workings of the newsroom and informed of story processes, ability to pitch and report own content

    Cons

    Only 10 weeks, unfortunately. BUT some interns have the opportunity to be extended!

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    The Washington Post Response

    The Washington Post Team

    We're so glad you enjoyed the internship experience. We work hard to make the internship meaningful for everyone and we have a lot of fun in the process. Maybe one day we'll see you back at The Washington Post!

  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Mediocre for the most part

    Sep 29, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The Subscriptions org has wonderful leadership, particularly the director and QA lead. What you ship will be seen by millions of readers, and technical ownership is strongly encouraged. You will own a substantial part of the site and be responsible & accountable for all work related to that domain.

    Cons

    Compensation is mediocre, we're understaffed and unable to attract and retain talent. No equity, bonuses, or annual increases. Diversity & inclusion initiatives were shallow and insincere. Newsroom/product management set priorities and tech investment is not one of them. Most projects have more to do with internal politics than shipping a great reader experience. We have a lot of boring projects like migrating an app from Angular to React, splitting repositories, migrating AWS infrastructure from one account to another, etc. On-call for most teams, especially backend, can be a terrible experience with a lot of fires to put out.

    5 people found this review helpful
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