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Updated May 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Great brand to work for in sales (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people, good work-life balance, ability to learn new skills from experts (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Not a lot of room for growth, tons of lay off and overall low morale amongst the departments (in 4 reviews)

  • Long working hours, poor work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Blue chip brand looks great on resume."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News Room Related Senior Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - News Room Related Senior Management in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a blue chip name and your colleagues are some of the best in the business. Until recently the compensation has been good considering the industry. Bloomberg and NYT probably better for most positions pay wise but good for journalism in general.

    Cons

    Many of the downsides are industry wide. It's a situation of constant change and trying to "re" everything all the time. Newsroom senior managers all have excellent journalism backgrounds but that doesn't always translate into effective leadership and management. The pressures are enormous on everyone but there are critical gaps between the ideas and the execution and newsroom management aren't really experienced in technology or how modern companies operate. The brain drain in the last few years has been staggering and some pretty questionable people have risen to positions well beyond their experience or capabilities. How people are getting promoted is a bit of a mystery but not unlike many places. The upside is it's a collegial atmosphere and looks great on a resume. I'm not sure it's really a place to make a long term career.

    Advice to Management

    You have an extraordinarily challenging task with the landscape of news business always shifting and looking for place to land. The masthead notion is really outdated and hampers a nimble and strong core team at the top. They are good people but they lack the imagination and leadership to execute a newsroom that will compete with likes of it's strongest competitors. A digital publisher needs to sit on the same level as the managing editor.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Smart editorial, business side not so promising"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with some of the best in editorial and access to sources is superior. People are helpful and work well together. Place has a lot of bureaus to more into (less recently)

    Cons

    Technology is terrible. Management takes years to make decisions. Legacy company in a spiral and unable to figure out how to correct. Difficult to get anything done. Tools are entirely a drag an uninspiring.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of a lot of management and streamline editorial to allow for groups to self publish without the mess of centralized editors (read: bottleneck). Start parallel effort to develop new CMS to allow people to publish elsewhere quickly.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "A storied brand, devolving under huge financial pressure"

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    Former Employee - News Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - News Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated colleagues who want to do impactful work and who are dedicated to fair-minded, professional journalism; international organization with lots of room to move laterally and a propensity to hire internally first; good 401k, vacation and other benefits (like charitable matches and emergency childcare).

    Cons

    Since NewsCorp was broken off from the Murdochs' TV, cable and movie businesses, the newspaper businesses have been much more exposed to the abysmal ad climate, resulting in a large recent round of layoffs and more to come. As a result, reporters and editors are taking on ever-bigger beats, making an already relentless schedule that much more unfriendly to outside lives. Editorial emphasis is shifting from thoughtful, deeply reported stories (they still exist, just far fewer) to more and shorter ones, slowiy stripping the Journal of one of its differentiating qualities--and making it hard for people to work on impactful stories when they are just struggling to feed the daily beast. Conservative politics, a mainstay of the op-ed pages, have been steadily seeping into certain types of news stories.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to double down in its efforts to reinvent the media industry's dying business model before the newsroom gets gutted beyond its ability to live up to the vaunted Journal standards. Shrinking it to a shadow of its former self will leave the ad and subscription guys with nothing distinctive to sell--and leave a big hole of trusted content just at a time in our history when we need it the most.


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  5. "NATIONAL LAYOUT CORRDINATOR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Layout Coordinator in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - National Layout Coordinator in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    working with Wonderful skilled people

    Cons

    Lengthy commute , since the office located in Princeton.

    Advice to Management

    Looking for full time job near to home. I have worked full time at Wall street till Sept 2016 , part time job was recently started due to lengthy commute .


  6. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street Journal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great experience for anyone interested in international journalism

    Cons

    Can be hard to get started on stories if you're not well-read up on the issue you're covering


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Editor"

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    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a good environment, respectful, nice place to work. The HR offer interesting courses, including on-line.

    Cons

    There is not a very clear career plan and the HR is not very well organized and efficient. They do not share bonus with all employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great, global media company with a good reputation in the marketplace. The name alone opens doors when prospecting. Good benefits and generous vacation time.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive and very little opportunity for career advancement.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great brand recognition makes explaining your job very easy and impressive sounding
    - The office is huge and there is a lot of nice art in it
    - The journalism is meaningful
    - The money is fine in some roles (though in many roles they will cost-save as hard as they can on you)
    - With so many people, there are of course some good ones

    Cons

    If you don't work as a journalist or some other creative type here, it's basically a black swirling pit of unhappiness. Everyone that I have gained any level of intimacy with all too quickly lets on how much they want to move somewhere else or quit outright. My beloved manager who brought me here from a different company was micro-managed right out the door. This is due to the all-consuming feeling of being a cog; though if you've become a slightly bigger cog (manager or the like), you instead want to quit because there are too many undeserved pressures that demand answering. It would take Thor's hammer to knock the "corporateness" out of this place and turn it into somewhere genuine happiness existed.

    Definitely, especially, avoid this place if you are young (outside of creative roles), as the average age of your decision makers will be "born way before computer skills were a given".

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure what management can do to make people happy. Clarity, fun, connection, meaning, and a sense of family are all entirely absent from this place. Although I've heard that HR likes each other.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great brand, terrible leadership."

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

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Powerful brand and world class journalism, really does have some of the most talented journalists in the industry. Reasonable salaries and vacation, friendly and very intelligent staff.

    Cons

    Awful senior management, with many having no cutting edge digital experience or vision. There is still a heavy focus on print across the business and subsequently a constant digital talent loss, many of these aren't being replaced.
    Very slow to innovate, products can take a very long time to get to market.
    It can be exceptionally hard for younger digitally focussed staff to progress and develop.
    Awful morale across the NY office.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new digital management, develop and listen to younger talent and create an environment that really rewards digital innovation and a place the top talent in the industry actually want to work.


  11. "Company Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Ad Operations, Campaign Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Ad Operations, Campaign Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal (More than a year)

    Pros

    Your MTA card, fitness and cafe food, is all subsidized, with a matching 410K. The people are what make the place and if you are lucky you will find a gem or two.

    Cons

    There is no team, training, structure, or clear communication. There is no positive encouragement and leadership is lacking in some departments. The company doesn't really promote within. When someone leaves, the company doesn't try to keep them, regardless if they are a valuable asset. There is a ton of turn over, maybe lack of funds.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people that come to work to produce a great product and pay them the money, to keep talent within.


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