Dow Jones Reporter Reviews

Updated 6 Jun 2020

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5 Ratings
  1. "Great environment"

    4.0
    Former Intern - Reporter in London, England

    I worked at Dow Jones

    Pros

    I was at the office for a short time. The workers I spoke to were friendly and honest. Great atmosphere.

    Cons

    The work got a bit boring but that’s a given

  2. Helpful (1)

    "okay"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    My manager is excellent. Pushes recognition down to her staff.

    Cons

    It's owned by News Corp

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Depressing and traumatic experience"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - News Writer/Reporter in Barcelona
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nobody really cares about what you do and there is ample downtime, so it is comparable to being a student at uni.

    Cons

    The work is mind-numbingly dull. The working shifts are antisocial to the point of making you ill -- who in their right mind wants to jump out of bed at 6am to write a 3 graph story on an insignificant Swiss chemical company? You are required to stay sat at your desk all day and be prepared for something to happen... you can go hours without anything actually happening. It is excruciating... you can feel your brain cells calling it a day and giving up. You need to ask for permission / advise colleagues if you need to use the bathroom. There is also this fantastic thing called slot duty, which consists of sitting for up to 4 hours at a time staring at 4 screens of news feeds... with nothing to actually do. Imagine going to the office at 6am for a 4 hour shift of that? You are expected to mould your life around the needs of this "news" operation, with little work-life balance. Independent thinking isn´t wholly welcomed and you feel like you no longer have anything to offer on a professional basis. This job is soul destroying. Oh, and the pay and benefits are atrocious. There is a constant exodus of staff and management don´t want to keep anyone that has any real talent, as they know there is no future for talent in the organization. Best to keep hiring fresh, inexperienced folk to pump out more quantity over quality. The standard of new hires is depressingly poor. Literally hiring anyone to fill the voids.

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  4. "News operation with positive people"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter 

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time

    Pros

    The people, atmosphere and training

    Cons

    New news operation, so some stuff are still taking shape

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    "Bad - Stay away at all costs"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Reporter in Barcelona
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    global brand, access to wsj journalism (strong ethics and among the best reporters in the business), decent city (barcelona), lots of downtime.

    Cons

    absolutely no career progression prospects. the person running the news op in barcelona couldn't care less about what her reporters' ambitions are, and will tell you so if you ask. it's demeaning, repetitive work that has no social, political, cultural impact. you're writing for machines (algos) owned by people that make 10 times the money you make rewriting press releases at 6 in the morning. no promotions available. if you get promoted (only one person so far in the two year lifespan of the op, and they apparently threatened to leave amid a spate of departures that would've made local management look even worse), it's because you help with the rota/low-level management, not because you know how to report, or will be given the chance to delve into meatier assignments. you will feel like you are being constantly infantilized. add the liminality and pointlessness of what you do (real time news on some very obscure European companies that literally nobody cares about) to the fact that WSJ is pivoting more and more towards being a US newspaper with bureaus around the world, rather than a global newspaper with hubs around the world, and you're in for a depressing ride. pay and benefits are miserable. ny management, while somehow paradoxically present, is inept and will lie to your face about future prospects. a senior editor once boasted about getting a $1m+ contract for the wires. writers make 28k euros per year. that's the level of witlessness. bottom line: avoid. don't take this job unless you're really starting out in news and need a full time gig or know how to sell your stories to editors in ny or london.

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    "bit behind the times"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Reporter in Barcelona
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good company to start your career and use as a stepping stone

    Cons

    lots of miscommunication, little opportunity for career progression,

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Chaotic work environment"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the best reporters and editors in the business.

    Cons

    Highly chaotic work environment. Zero job security, despite the presence of a union.

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    "Reporter"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Reporter in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, some good colleagues.

    Cons

    Bad boss, bad job prospects

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - News Reporter in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Challenging, motivating, fun, great co-workers

    Cons

    More than 40 hours per week, slow to hire

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work, learn at"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working with smart people, constantly being challenged

    Cons

    Compensation could be higher. Prestige can only go so far.

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