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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)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great people on the ground, old school upper management holding things back."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. News & World Report full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart and creative people in product, relaxed environment and dress code. Flexible hours. Good office location. Diverse set of products.

    Cons

    Weak leadership, poor career development and non existent employee appreciation. Challenging divide between product and editorial teams. Leadership is divided.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people on the ground problem solve. Trust the people you hired and reward them. Treat them like people.

    U.S. News & World Report Response

    Jun 20, 2017 – HR Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. U.S. News does provide a great work environment and focuses on a diverse set of products. We have smart and creative people working across all... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "On the upswing"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. News & World Report full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    After a number of lean years and many layoffs, the company has turned things around with a well-defined growth strategy. Benefits are competitive and there is a welcome openness to telecommuting when necessary.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the low side and U.S. News continues to be a training ground for those moving to other companies. In other words, U.S. News needs to look at why so many people leave after 2-4 years though advancement is fairly common as new product lines are added particularly.

    Advice to Management

    None.

    U.S. News & World Report Response

    Jun 7, 2017 – HR Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for your dedicated years of service with U.S. News & World Report. We have been working diligently on our growth plan for the past several years... More

  3. Helpful (2)

    "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. 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


  9. Helpful (3)

    "U.S. News Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Ability to create own schedule as long as you work your hours
    -Ability to work remote
    -Beer Fridays and Breakfast Mondays
    -Fun people
    -Great location

    Cons

    -Pay is low and increases are though to get

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees with better pay considering that the cost of living in D.C. is very high


  10. 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


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