Advertising (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – May 20, 2013
This is a start up environment couched in a legacy company. Fantastic work/life balance and kind and driven coworkers. The work can be dull at times and compensation is lower than other competitors. Management is pretty flexible but sometimes lacks a clear vision.
Laidback and Enjoyable Work Environment with Communication Issues
Digital Analyst (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – April 13, 2017
The workplace itself is very casual in behavior and dress since employees rarely meet with outside clients. The work itself comes in waves. Things can get busy during website redesigns or product launches but at other times there is very little to do. The staff is fairly young and turnover is moderate. There are a lot of opportunities to take on new responsibilities and expand your job skills. However, any duty that you volunteer to do temporarily is likely to become your permanent responsibility. Having a manager that likes you personally is probably the most important factor in succeeding at this company.
Actual 9-5 work hours, opportunities to learn new skills, free beer on Fridays
Management is overly insulated from the rest of the company, raise structure is too rigid, minimal interactions between departments
Writer-editor (Former Employee) – Reston, VA – March 14, 2013
I was hired here to work on their autos website, which basically involved aggregating information about cars from other websites that actually tested the cars. Then we would write summaries of the other sites' reviews and assign the car a rating based on those reviews. I did nothing more than any car buyer could do by surfing the web, although I suppose USN&WR felt it was providing a "one-stop shop" by collecting all the data in one place. Still, as an experienced editor and journalist I was very uncomfortable rating cars I had never driven, and I left for a more satisfying job at the first opportunity.
friendly staff that seemed enthusiastic about what they were doing
aggregation/evaluation model doesn't contribute anything new to the body of information about cars.