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Updated August 9, 2018
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  • "Great work life balance, people are great, flexible" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Great brand to work for in sales" (in 10 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great editors, smart co-workers and a vibrant news room. Prestigious name makes sources want to talk to you.

    Cons

    Average pay for the job, constant uncertainty over job security.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people on contract.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Difficult work environment in a difficult industry"

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    Current Employee - Reporter
    Current Employee - Reporter
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highest standards in the biz for reporting facts and treating sources courteously. Highly respected brand name. Nominal support for investigation and enterprise journalism. No explicit quotas. Worldwide reporting presence for international coverage and collaboration. Business built on subscriptions eases pressure to rack up clicks. Top-notch staff.

    Cons

    Organizational focus on publishing a daily newspaper and concurrent failure to commit wholeheartedly to digital publishing. Constricted editorial pipeline that can take a long time to publish even time-sensitive stories. Constant pressure to deliver both breaking news and features. Several layers of editorial oversight that generally remove detail, nuance, and grit from stories in the interest of making them accessible to a broad audience. Little to no management of staff workloads. Severe limits on article length. Understaffed at the bureau level. Self-important institutional attitude bordering on arrogance.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be realistic about what employees can accomplish in a 50-hour work week rather than continually demanding more. If they need more, the should increase headcount. When employees work through a weekend, management should take responsibility for awarding comp time and making space for employees to actually take it. Management is in a hard place -- revenue from journalism is shrinking while the ability to generate and publish news, as well as the potential audience, is growing. How to build a growing business and avoid burning out employees? A start would be to thin out the top-heavy editorial layers so articles can go online more quickly, and to reward solid stories published online rather than making Page One bylines the measure of a bureau's worth. Beyond that, editors at all levels need to move faster, willing to compromise on nonessential issues to get stories into publication quickly rather than bogging down in endless rounds of revision and re-reporting. Resist the compulsion to rewrite every sentence. Let stories run longer online. Don't cut so much detail and context that readers need to fill in the blanks in the comments section.


  4. "Change needed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good work environment

    Cons

    Stingy with merit-based pay increases.


  5. "Reporter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent journalism, great opportunities to report interesting stories, exposure to some great journalistic traditions.

    Cons

    Very political, limited opportunities to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Have editors do exit interviews to understand high turnover of females and people of color.


  6. Helpful (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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  10. 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


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