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Updated May 8, 2018
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  • Work-life balance is not known as a true value (in 5 reviews)

  • No room for growth, compensation is WAY below competitors (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Reporter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great place to work

    Cons

    Overall media environment and landscape


  2. "High standards, incredibly smart people, not great for mid-career"

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    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company hires talented, ambitious, resourceful reporters committed to facts and truth. It's a place where editors are reporters take neutrality and fairness seriously, never surprising subjects of stories before they're published. They company is relatively open to moving younger-ish reporters to foreign assignments. There was a fairly strong culture of growing great reporters from within.

    Cons

    Some editors at the top of the organization did not get there because they're the best. They're good at playing internal politics. They're often not very empathetic. It's still a very top-down culture, where editors know best. Raises are meager, and the paper often low-balls on salaries. Mid-career reporters often find themselve a bit stuck without room for professional growth and taking on new skills. Work-life balance is not known as a true value. If you're a reporter, you can have a doctor's hours, always on call, but nowhere near a doctor's pay. Company still doesn't fully understand the value it provides to its readers and customers.

    Advice to Management

    Develop new career paths for reporters to do rotations through the business operations of the company so that they can better understand the company's customers and readers.

  3. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic company, colleagues are intelligent and motivated.

    Cons

    It's a bit disorganized.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Low pay, great journalism"

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    Former Employee - News Reporter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - News Reporter in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Editors and reporters at WSJ are serious about delivering quality, trusted news. It's a great place for a journalist to just get the writing or videos done on any beat. The people who actually edit and write the daily news and features are among the smartest and kindest out there today. Incredible investigative reporters on staff.

    Cons

    This company does not know how to do media in the digital age. Revenue has dried up, layoffs ensued. Because the digital products and paywalls are so ridiculous, great work doesn't reach the audience it could. There are some truly awful bullies in management roles who have stayed and will be there forever. HR doesn't care to resolve such very real problems. They seem to just want to keep half-capable people employed, and underpaid, as long as possible.

    Advice to Management

    When a manager has a high turnover of employees, HR should pay attention and do something about it. Women were famously paid far less than men here. The company was making efforts to fix this. Hope that works. There should be more diversity in this news organization, and all major news organizations in the US.


  5. "Good Place to Start a Career"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, people are great, flexible.

    Cons

    Low salary, do not value employees who are dedicated to the company, provide little to no training.

    Advice to Management

    See the value in your employees and let it be known. Provide training for all levels.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "One of the world's great newspapers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A truly trusted source of information

    Cons

    Disappearing ad revenue. Editors who pay too much attention to readership figures

    Advice to Management

    Keep breaking news and writing the best features you can


  7. Helpful (1)

    "DESIGNER"

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

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Work/life balance.

    Cons

    Under-qualified management riding on the talents of their underlings. Favoritism. Poor direction. Moves at a glacial pace.

  8. "meh"

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

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time

    Pros

    good rep., smart people, still the best news source out there

    Cons

    no love for the customer - they've lost their way

    Advice to Management

    take care of the customers - i hated how so many people i met told me how the wsj subscription services scammed them


  9. "Head of Commerce"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time

    Pros

    Powerful media company. Great journalists

    Cons

    Big and moves slowly. Hard to get things accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Art Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are very pleasant and always willing to pitch in

    Cons

    Talk of downsizing has me looking hard


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