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U.S. News & World Report Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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Pros
  • I am able to see first hand the belief in work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Nice people, flexible schedule and hours (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • They didn't give any raises (not even a COLA) and there was little money available for reporters to travel or cover events outside of the DC metro area (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Editor"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. Good story subjects.

    Cons

    No money for travel. Lots of phone reporting.

    Advice to Management

    Don't rely so heavily on interns. Most need more guidance than they get.

    U.S. News & World Report Response

    Feb 9, 2017 – HR Manager

    Thank you for providing some insight into your time spent working at U.S. News. I'm glad that you enjoyed working with our team-I know I do as well- and that the material you worked on was of ... More


  2. "udc review"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    long time ago. I do not remember. Good

    Cons

    Nice place. Good environment to be in

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  3. "Great people, but an old boy's club."

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. News & World Report full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free Monday breakfast, free coffee, flexible schedule, good location. Company has a good mission to help consumers make important decisions.

    Cons

    Unbelievably low salaries and it's hard to get a raise. Flat hierarchy by means almost impossible to get a promotion. Incredibly top down. Product t managers have almost no power.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. They are people not machines.

    U.S. News & World Report Response

    Jun 6, 2016 – HR Manager

    Thank you for your review. Although you have some good things to note about the company, I can certainly tell that you are experiencing some frustrations here. I want to assure you that your work is ... More


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A good professional experience, but management didn't want to reward talent."

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Reporter in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people, a sense of family among the entry-level folks. Fantastic location -- you'll never work anywhere better than Georgetown.

    Cons

    So clear path for moving up in the company. Management never wanted to reward talent. Reviews were scarce or non existent a few years back. Good luck getting a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Do everything you can to connect with staff, because you've always looked out of touch.

    U.S. News & World Report Response

    Apr 21, 2016 – HR Manager

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences here at U.S. News. I think you have brought up a lot of great points in this review. You are so right, we have an excellent team here and the ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good early career experience, Not great for long more than a couple years"

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

    I worked at U.S. News & World Report full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    U.S. News & World Report is still pretty well known. For reporters, that means a lot of great access. The editors give their reporters a lot of autonomy in choosing stories.

    Cons

    The morale of the workplace was pretty dismal. There was an expectation from management to churn for traffic growth, with minimal encouragement to produce quality, enterprise work. It seemed as if everyone just wanted to speed out the door ASAP every evening. They didn't give any raises (not even a COLA) and there was little money available for reporters to travel or cover events outside of the DC metro area.

    U.S. News & World Report Response

    Aug 15, 2014 – Sr. Vice President, operations

    This comment was probably had some validity during the difficult years as we transitioned from print to digital. However, the company has been very successful in making the transition. Moral is ... More


  7. "Tough times ...."

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    Former Employee - Web Producer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Web Producer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally, the folks that work here are good people. At one time it was a pretty vibrant place, but since the ad market fell apart they can't really afford to do journalism anymore.

    Cons

    They've lost site of their editorial mission and let go of most of the senior writers and editors. It's sad to see them morph into being just a cheaper version of Consumer Reports.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good, but not permanent"

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    Current Employee - Front End Web Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Front End Web Developer in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people work here, and management is solid at providing for the employees what they need. The technology given, at least to IT staff, is very nice (powerful macs).

    Cons

    The web infrastructure is confusing. The site is built on several different frameworks, and redesigns have been implemented in pieces, then new redesigns are started in different areas. Things are hacked together just to get it working. There's new effort to consolidate code and make this better, though.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Communication"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits/work-life balance. Very easy going when you have to take vacation or do something for your personal life- better then other companies

    Cons

    No internal reviews or chats about how you're doing you job good or bad. They keep on many employees that have no skills and lay off people who are actually doing their jobs

    Advice to Management

    Better communication, hard place to work because some of the managers are disrespectful to many employees. It's hard to feel respected when your coworkers aren't.


  10. "Solid starter job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. News & World Report full-time

    Pros

    -work-life balance
    -friendly and welcoming people

    Cons

    -lack of direction
    -company culture has overarching problem regarding information sharing. The tying up of information about how the company is doing erodes at morale


  11. "Interesting work, great people, OK benefits"

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

    I have been working at U.S. News & World Report full-time

    Pros

    - The company has a clear mission, vision, history and goals that are mostly well-communicated from the executive team.
    - Most people are smart, friendly,
    hardworking and inclusive. Great teamwork-oriented environment.
    - Beer friday and breakfast monday are good perks that help foster cross-team collaboration.
    - Overall environment and culture is positive. People smile and chat, and seem genuinely happy to work there.

    Cons

    - Heavy internal political posturing between long-time leaders.
    - Flexibility mentioned elsewhere is only in some departments - other managers are notoriously rigid toward their employees.
    - Benefits are just OK. E.g., location is far from metro and company doesn't have a parking contract provision; vacation rollover was recently eliminated without any explanation or consult with employees.
    - Top-down decision-making without much involvement from the employees who actually do the work.
    - Rapid growth means high workload, lack of sufficient resources and difficulty recruiting adequate talent.

    Advice to Management

    Being more transparent and democratic about important decisions will go a long way to solve many of the cons. Stop being inflexible about your employees' time and focus instead on their value.

    U.S. News & World Report Response

    Apr 6, 2017 – HR Specialist

    Thank you for your review and for taking the time to provide such detail. It’s nice to hear that you agree that U.S. News & World Report is an organization with a clear mission made up of friendly ... More


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