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Updated April 21, 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 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. "Director, Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at USA Today full-time

    Pros

    It's a job, so better than unemployment. Barely.

    Cons

    Biggest drawback is that the company's business model--newspapers--is failing, and management has no idea how to turn the situation around. 90% of current employees are either actively looking for a new job or are a few months from being jettisoned. Also, the benefits are awful. The health benefits are extremely expensive and limited, and employees get 15 days off + 3 personal days for the first three years. This includes sick days. So if you are sick, you basically have to come to the office or take a vacation day. President's Day and day after Thanksgiving are NOT offered as days off so you have to use your vacation days for those as well. Salaries for the same position vary widely as well. People who have an "in" with the senior management in Tysons have salaries 50%-75% greater than regular folks who have the same titles and responsibilities.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "What A Mess"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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. "Executive Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer
    Current Employee - Programmer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at USA Today full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The campus, there is not much else other than a few very honest hard working individuals that are worked to the bone without any appreciation.

    Cons

    Over the last several years that I have been employed here the company has been through countless leadership and reorgs, all of which have flopped.

    Directors and Sr Managers are all about themselves, I would love to list some names but won't.

    Advice to Management

    Wake-up, what goes around comes around.


  8. "Rats from a sinking ship"

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

    Pros

    If you like large bureaucratic organizations, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    The newspapes is stuck in the past and, being entrenched in their old ways, finding it practically impossible to make the jump to the internet.

    The paper is riddled with old time thinking -- the brightest and the best have left it behind.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that your asset is credible, researched journalism; make it readily available at a reasonable price.


  9. "USA TODAY - not worth it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great paper, site and content

    Cons

    Gannett parenet company doesn't care about USA TODAY and print folks run the asylum

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the revenue and the future. Paper on last legs


  10. "I've Had Better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual attire permitted. Coworkers are great.

    Cons

    Promotion from within seldom happens. To advance you need to play "nice" with management otherwise you will be overlooked. Job Descriptions for openings tend to be changed/written in a manner that will promote a "favored" employee within the company to get the promotion/advancement. Pay not equivalent to your work performance or work load. Unless you are management, you are paid hourly which means that your sick time and vacation time are paid in a pro rated increment. If you are an hourly employee and toward the end of the year you run out of your vacation/sick days, find another job because you can not take a day off "unpaid".A lot is expected whereby nothing is given in return. Not a company you want to work for until retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees a fair wage. Morale can be improved if advancements would occur more frequently and fairly. Don't micro manage or speak in a condescending manner, it is insulting...and the employees are not children. Be a little flexible with time off. If an employee wants to take an "unpaid" day off they should be granted it. , Afterall, Gannett didn't have any problem giving 2 weeks of "unpaid furlough days off "to employees.


  11. "catastrophe"

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

    Pros

    Travel, interesting work, opportunities to meet people in various stages of their lives and their work.

    Cons

    Management is perverse and vindictive. They encourage backstabbing in the work place and like to see employees fight with one another because it takes pressure off management. It is a horrible place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Resign, or retire. You have led this company to disaster.


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