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Updated October 12, 2018
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  • "Great work life balance, people are great, flexible" (in 7 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. "Good-ish"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time

    Pros

    Smart and very helpful coworkers

    Cons

    Management is not always truthful with employees

    Advice to Management

    Must communicate better between departments. Not easy to work on projects across various departments. Lots of interoffice politics slows down innovation to a crawl.

  3. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment but not a lot of support

    Cons

    Lot of work piled on you

    Advice to Management

    Take it easy everything is online now


  4. "Account executive"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and great co workers

    Cons

    Stale and frustrating slow to adapt


  5. Helpful (1)

    "graphics editor"

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

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time

    Pros

    It's an incredibly talented newsroom with access to interesting subjects and quality data.

    Cons

    Despite priding themselves on being a "digital first" publication, the newsrooms refuses to adapt to a digital workflow. Visual resources are drained by daily print demands. Lack of visual leadership and structure. Not a lot of room for upward growth.


  6. 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.


  7. "Okay Place To Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance is good

    Cons

    Pay is not the greatest

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all employees

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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