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  1. "A good place to start, but I wouldn't stay there very long"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Confidential in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Confidential in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Warren Communications News full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1). Easy going company. You can pretty much work 9 to 5. The company believes that you have a life after work.
    2). Convenient to two metro stops.
    3). Near several restaurants.
    4). Located in the quiet section of Washington, D.C.
    5). Most people are nice to work with. .
    6). The company is well known for publishing high quality newsletters and other publications. A very solid reputation in the industry.
    7). The editorial staff has won many awards over the years.
    8). Free sodas and fruit about once every two weeks.
    9). Decent benefits. You take off all the Federal holidays, even the ones that most companies don't let you take off.

    Cons

    1). Very conservative company. Pay increases vary. Not always on an annual basis.
    2). Depending on your position, little opportunity to express your opinion or offer ideas or suggestions. The company can be very closed minded and traditional.
    3). Located in a very old building. The office interior is not the greatest in the world, and has that 1980s vibe to it.
    4). Depending on your position, the turnover is high, especially in the editorial department. From a journalism point of view, it's a great company to work for, but usually there is little room for advancement and people move on after a couple of years. It's a great way to gain contacts and network in your industry before finding a better job.
    5). From a sales point of view, sales people have stayed for a long time, but depending on which publications you are selling, it can take one or two years before you are earning serious money. Selling is mostly focusing on subscription retention and calling warm or cold leads. Sometimes you are able to cross-sell. Rarely any sales meetings to exchange suggestions or ideas. Using an old CRM, which is not very reliable. Always a good idea to back up your work on paper.
    6). Marketing efforts are OK, but in many ways still in the Dark Ages. Direct marketing is rarely done, and frankly, probably would not help because the publishing industry has changed so much because of the internet. Very little creativity in marketing, which hurts sales. For example, while sales people receive some leads from marketing, in most cases they are wasting too much time prospecting for their own leads, which in turn hurts their selling time.
    7). Social Media is still very much behind the times, although it has been improving during the past couple of years. Does not appear to be any real coordination between Marketing and Social Media, in terms of generating a lot of leads and enhancing company's branding. The website has that 1990s look and feel to it.
    8). Little real communication between departments. For example, one department may be hiring someone, but you never see an internal job posting to tell a friend. You hear about it after the fact.
    9). Not investing that much in the infrastructure of the company. Sure, the owners are carefully watching their pennies, and that makes sense. But growth is very slow.

    Advice to Management

    You need to reach out more and seek ideas from your employees. Many of your employees are smart, but they are rarely encouraged to speak up and offer suggestions on how to improve the company and its products. The smartest people you have are sitting behind their high cubicles. Talk and listen to them.


  2. "Beware of Turnover in the Sales Department"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Warren Communications News full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    From a sales point of view, you don’t have to worry about meeting quotas. However, you still have to do well in sales to keep your job. You basically focus on renewing accounts and bringing in new business through inbound leads and outbound sales calls. Not a difficult sales job, but you have to be persistent to achieve your job. It’s a fairly relaxing work environment. The publications are highly rated in the market and the editors do a good job. The company has made some improvements with their website and social media, but more needs to be done.

    Cons

    It’s difficult to know who really manages the sales department. You constantly get mixed messages and sometimes you feel they are playing mind games. You wish they would just try to treat the sales team more like adults than children. During the past three (3) years, there has been a lot of turnover in the sales department. Part of the turnover is due to a hit/miss compensation package and poor account allocation. Also, there is turnover because the company is located in a large metropolitan area where there are a lot of better jobs and opportunities, so it’s hard for them to attract and keep good sales people on board for a long time. From a sales point of view, I would consider this to be a “starter” job – you work here for a couple of years, gain some experience, and then move on to a better job.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more advice and suggestions from your sales team. The people who work there are very smart and know more than you think. Stop being arrogant. You are a good publishing company, but you need to open up to new ideas and ways of doing business.


  3. "Great company, great product"

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

    I worked at Warren Communications News as a contractor

    Pros

    Loved working for the Warrens and on high-profile telecom and technology news. This is a great operation with world-class journalists cranking out great work.

    Cons

    The distribution model works, but makes it difficult for staff to raise their profiles beyond paying subscribers. This is not an easy problem to solve.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any great pieces of advice. I enjoyed my time at WCN and it seemed like my colleagues did too.


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    "reporter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay good; not having to work weekends a plus

    Cons

    cater to lobbyists; unrealistic copy requirements; editors differ on appropriate style

    Advice to Management

    evolve with the times


  6. "Editorial Assitant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Warren Communications News as an intern

    Pros

    Very honest about the amount of work that needs to be done and they are really flexible in terms of allowing employees to get work done at the beat available time for them.

    Cons

    Never got to see the full finished product of the work that was put together, but other than that an overall great experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! Keep communicating well with employees and understanding their needs and the flexibility in work is an amazing benefit