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Updated June 5, 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. "Bad Management"

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

    I worked at USA Today full-time

    Pros

    The had some pretty good potlucks

    Cons

    I worked in the accounting office in Franklin, TN. My direct manager was pretty good. But the newspaper industry was struggling so much it was pretty hard to get compensation or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Our office closed down. The newspaper industry is struggling


  2. "USA TODAY"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Name brand, O&O properties provide scale

    Cons

    Management, turnover, growth, lack of training, unwillingness to adapt

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Executives stuffing pockets as ship sinks"

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

    I worked at USA Today full-time

    Pros

    Many good people trying to do good work.

    Cons

    Ridiculously top-heavy structure with too many executives and too few people doing the actual work of producing quality journalism.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of five vice presidents and use the money to hire 15-20 journalists.


  4. "Reporter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great access given name recognition of outlet. Good vidability some nice colleagues. Get yo work remotely.

    Cons

    Management is by and large incompetent and does not value employees. Little quality control.,

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better, implement the uslitu vonttol. Mistakes are inexcusable.


  5. "was a great place..."

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

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is still a fantastic stepping stone. As Gannett's flagship brand, USA TODAY still holds weight and still remains the #1 newspaper in the country.

    Cons

    The company is severely understaffed, leading to increased pressure on an already overtaxed newsroom. There's little work-life balance and for young talent, the environment is even more fraught as there is no clear-cut path to professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the bottom line isn't just about dollars, but the staffers who keep those dollars flowing in. When people feel like workhorses as opposed to valued human beings, morale suffers.


  6. "Senior Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Fleetwood, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Fleetwood, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at USA Today (More than a year)

    Pros

    Developing new solutions to compete in an ever changing market.

    Cons

    Behind the times - playing catch up


  7. "Great Place For Entry Level"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Had the ability to really learn a lot about the sales world and process working with large scale agencies.

    Cons

    So many bosses, kind of tedious day to day work.

    Advice to Management

    It was an entry level position, it was, what it was. Helped me a lot in my long term career.

  8. 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


  9. "District Manager"

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    Current Employee - District Manager in Genesee, MI
    Current Employee - District Manager in Genesee, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People, Good money to be made based upon your own efforts and and the willingness to be flexable from management with unseen events that may disrupt weekly priorities.

    Cons

    Circulation is decling rapidly and earnings are following suit. Layoffs and contract cancellations are excellerating. workloads are increasing while earning are declining.

    Advice to Management

    Give more authority to the guy in the field to determin his/her draws and stop artificial intelligence (portal) from making these decisions. A lot of money is being lost from this system that also creates too much waste (in returns)


  10. "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.


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