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Updated Feb 1, 2020

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Pros
  • "Excellent journalism, great opportunities to report interesting stories, exposure to some great journalistic traditions(in 16 reviews)

  • "Some of the best editors in the biz(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Too many editors having a say on a story makes them stilted(in 8 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is not known as a true value(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Audience Development in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong growth opportunities, smart colleagues, integrity, powerful journalism

    Cons

    Minimal schedule flexibility, no work from home policy

    Wall Street Journal2020-02-02
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Difficult work environment in a difficult industry"

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    Current Employee - Reporter 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time for 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.

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    Wall Street Journal2018-08-09
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Reporter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Wall Street Journal full-time for 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.

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    Wall Street Journal2018-06-10
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stimulating environment. Good colleagues. Competent editing. Emphasis on chasing big stories, not click bait.

    Cons

    I mean, it's journalism, no place is without its frustrations, especially these days with the economics of the biz what they are. But feel like this place handles it well.

    Wall Street Journal2017-07-17
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Still good journalist"

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    Current Employee - Energy Reporter 

    I have been working at Wall Street Journal full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    One of the few newspapers remaining that still has funding and ambition to do good journalism.

    Cons

    The industry is shrinking, shrinking, shrinking.

    Wall Street Journal2017-03-29
  6. Helpful (5)

    "A storied brand, devolving under huge financial pressure"

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    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 for 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.

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    Wall Street Journal2017-01-03
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Blue chip brand looks great on resume."

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    News Room Related Senior Management in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street Journal

    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.

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    Wall Street Journal2016-12-20
  8. "Enjoyable, great place to work"

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    Intern 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Wall Street Journal

    Pros

    Highly collaborative work environment, interesting work. Influential in the market

    Cons

    Journalism as an industry is going down

    Wall Street Journal2016-12-04
  9. "Great experience"

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

    I worked at Wall Street Journal for 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

    Wall Street Journal2016-10-17
  10. "Great, but it's self started"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street Journal

    Pros

    The Journal is a great place to learn about some of the finest editing standards in journalism. You are surrounded by people at the top of their game, and breaking some of the most important stories of our generation.

    Cons

    No one will mentor you if you don't stick your neck out. You have to make the connections you need; people are busy and it's up to you to decide whether you'll sink or swim.

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    Wall Street Journal2016-10-03
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