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USA Today McLean Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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Pros
  • My bosses put great emphasis on work life balance, having fun in the work place, and making sure that I am working to fulfill my potential (in 9 reviews)

  • Team atmosphere with great people (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management has no clue how to turn the brand around and is stacked with cronies of the CFO (in 7 reviews)

  • newspaper media industry is hard to work in and there is a high turnover (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great location, tough job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Intern - Intern in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USA Today as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office, good coworkers, free food and drinks in the summer, elegant office building, free (excellent) gym and average cafeteria with low prices. Work with some of the best reporters/editors in the country, at a huge brand.

    Cons

    There's a lot expected of you. I intern through another organization (another org. pays my paycheck) but they treated me like one of their own. Acquaintance contracted for below the poverty line, with very demanding, unreasonable bosses.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at USA Today (More than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative and collaborative work environment. Creativity is encouraged!

    Cons

    To date I have not experienced cons.

    Advice to Management

    Continue embracing diversity and communicating with team members!

  3. "Great Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at USA Today (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Relaxed environment
    - High Visibility
    - Great office space
    - Promotes individual development
    - Cares about employees

    Cons

    - Low salaries
    - Unorganized processes

    Advice to Management

    None. I really loved working here.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked, Horrible upper-manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced, print publication trying to integrate into digital world, fun and interesting creative/copy...

    Cons

    Poor upper management, not involved in day-to-day


  5. "Be wary"

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    Former Employee - Editor in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Editor in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USA Today (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    USA TODAY is still a very visible news brand, even though it has virtually disappeared from the hotel hallways it once ruled. Its website is competitive, and the technology you get to use is pretty good. Generally a decent bunch of people too. Beautiful HQ in McLean, Va., which is currently being renovated.

    Cons

    It's a dying business, and despite numerous turnovers in top management there has never been the kind of innovation needed to bring in the dollars necessary to stave off a constant round of layoffs. 24/7/365 business that never sleeps, so burnout is high.

    Advice to Management

    You're being outflanked by Quartz and other more nimble startups. Ditch your legacy print business and bring in people who understand the Internet for real.


  6. "Used to Be a Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    USA TODAY attracts very smart, hard-working employees who love journalism. Management in the newsroom used to be outstanding, and people really cared about each other and the product.

    Cons

    The current management wants cheap labor instead of paying people a decent salary. Top managers get big bucks and bonuses while workers get paltry raises, if any. Working 10 to 12 hours a day is the norm in the newsroom. Veteran employees feel threatened by layoffs as they get older. Prospective employees should look elsewhere for a forward-thinking company that will treat them fairly and generously.

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild the entire culture of the newsroom to what it once was.


  7. "Intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern in McLean, VA
    Current Intern - Intern in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at USA Today as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment and mentor program for young professionals. Fun and exciting learn opportunities.

    Cons

    The industry seems to be shifting away from paper to digital and it has been slow to accept this.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Reporter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with national brand recognition. Makes it easy to access people.

    Cons

    Being turned upside down in reorganization to separate broadcast from print. USA Today is now a shell of its previous self. Buyouts after buyouts after layoffs. Not sure if the newspaper will exist in two years.


  9. "Breaking News Intern Experience"

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    Former Intern - Breaking News in McLean, VA
    Former Intern - Breaking News in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at USA Today as an intern

    Pros

    Loved the fast pace, sense of community, and freedom to pursue my own stories.

    Cons

    Overworked editors who had little time to mentor.


  10. ""Losing faith""

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    Former Employee - Journalist in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Journalist in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with many talented and dedicated professionals in the newsroom. They cared about doing journalism well.

    Cons

    I was among many employees who lost faith in management. USA TODAY used to be a place where people wanted to work until retirement. Now, an increasing number of employees view it as a stepping stone to other media companies.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees time to do excellent work, and treat staff members fairly.


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