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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 8 reviews)

  • Team atmosphere with great people (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • No transparency from upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • years, no full time (benefits) positions available (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at USA Today full-time

    Pros

    -Relaxed environment
    -easy hours, come and go as you plase

    Cons

    -No direction, very hard to get promoted or move up
    -Extremely low pay and no bonus
    -No one cares about the work you do
    -Terrible management

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together


  2. Helpful (2)

    "What A Mess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Larry Kramer, Dave Calloway and Randy Kilgore were what was great. Larry and Randy are gone and Dave is likely not far behind.

    Cons

    A brand that is no longer valued by advertisers. Leadership which is lost and out of touch. A challenged new company spun off. Horrible benefits. What more is there to say.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Get in touch with what's going on. Do over.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Advertising Sales"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USA Today (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    National brand that USED TO have strong employees

    Cons

    Brand has completely lost its way thanks to inept management at USAT and Gannett. Once a proud place to work. Now a wasteland for other companies cast-offs.

    Advice to Management

    Sell USA TODAY to someone who values it.


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  5. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I started there, it was a great place to work. In the later years as the parent company, Gannett, took more control, it became a nightmare. Now USA Today is on the brink of extinction.

    Cons

    Don't go to work for Gannett. To be a multi-media company, the management is filled with mean, clueless, untalented people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Employee benefits exhibit the company's lack of human empathy."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity to see the innovative products that the brand has to offer.

    Cons

    There is so much to do but no room for growth. We've seen a high turn-over (voluntary and involuntary) over the past couple of years and it's disheartening to see some of talented people leave because of that. Employee benefits are also one of the top reasons why people choose to leave, especially young employees who look to build their careers, seek guidance and mentorship, and would appreciate great tuition assistance program when they look to earn a higher degree.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the politics and the old school, hierarchic process. If you invest in your employees, they will work harder for you. Management has to take the initiative to improve the quality of the employees' lives.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sad and Difficult Place"

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance was great in that most days allowed me to leave the office at 5pm and work from home during inclement weather when needed. My biggest pro was the fact that I did not have great leadership there- it made me very aware of what not to do as a leader and it actually made me a much stronger and better leader myself.

    Cons

    The office environment was toxic. There was not a germ of positive energy in the room, ever! Turnover was extremely high in ad sales and in marketing. Many of the teams across the NY office felt very junior level, even though title and years of experience noted otherwise. People who recognized this and were looking for more collaboration, an opportunity to learn and advance their skill sets, and less baby sitting of others, often left the company within a year or two at the most.

    The marketing teams spends majority of the time learning how to write basic powerpoint presentations, even though majority of the team is comprised of manager level individuals and above. Sadly, this team has been positioned as order takers, and not respected by it's marketing management, which in turn creates the same sentiments from other groups in the organization. Yet still, much onus is placed on this team to carry sales since many members of the sales teams are not able to articulate the brand, it's products and ideas for pitches with clients. Many account executives didn't even know how to use their iPads for presentations. Marketing would also spend agonizing hours writing notes for sales to use verbatim during client meetings. Sales planners were left out of many conversations and seemed to tune out what was happening around them. Many times, they had no idea how to build media plans or where to look for things.

    Majority of work load falls into print, even though they promote that the roles are cross platform. Teams often worked in silo's and had no visibility into each others businesses or initiatives. The goal may be to be a digital leader, but all the work is really just to maintain what is there, not go above or beyond to create digital innovations.

    In addition to the professional issues noted, it's important to note that benefits and compensation were below par as well. HR was more of a fly on the wall than an adviser. If you try to call your benefits helpline, much luck. It's a game of phone tag where you are transferred around to a dozen people who can't provide you with a straight answer. Benefits themselves are subpar, there is a high out of pocket cost, my medicine was not covered on many occasions, and time off is less than industry average. Also, the company doesn't provide certain holidays that many organizations are used to having (i.e. President's Day, MLK, etc). There is a huge disparity between work life balance in the NY office and in the VA office. VA appears more balanced and reasonable.

    I've never worked at an organization that was more challenged in organization, strategy and prioritizing it's employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management is a mixed bag of unprofessional and emotional individuals who take out their frustrations on their teams (and hire all their friends)- from crying to yelling (adding to the poisonous environment.) The CMO is condescending and provides little value to conversations around real world client scenarios. They also are a less than stellar role model for the entire marketing and sales teams. It's obvious and clear that management has no appreciation of employees or makes an effort to prioritize them and their needs.


  8. "Big brand. Tons of incompetence."

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not many. Pay was pretty decent. Office space was nice. But I need more than that.

    Cons

    Management really does not understand digital. There's little to no room for new ideas and thinking. Lack of technology expertise holds the company back in a major way. The "C" students typically stick around and put up with it. The "A" students need more opportunities and decide to move on eventually.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire your friends for big positions, just because they're your friends. Hire competent, exceptional talent that can get the job done.


  9. "Headline: Newspapers are on the way out!"

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice fellow employees, weekends off, major holidays off. If you like looking over your shoulder and wondering if you are next...this is the place for you!

    Cons

    Young people are not buying newspapers--and so you are just servicing folks over 65 and the industry is dead.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new job


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not too optimistic about the future of this place..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice building, gym, and cafeteria. Some people on the digital side are forward thinking, but the dinosaurs make it very difficult for them to make any positive impact

    Cons

    Lack of clear strategy, terrible corporate culture, benefits were bad, and got worse with new healthcare plans, resistance to change.

    Advice to Management

    They are very out of touch with the employees. You need to share a strategy going forward that people can rally around


  11. "News reporter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Reporter in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USA Today full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    cant think of any pros other than a paycheck

    Cons

    Horrible place to work, no work life, horrible management



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