Pros: minimal supervision, large degree of professional freedom, great technology, continuous career training
Cons: high management turnover, long commute, too many restructures in short periods of time
Not only was Dow Jones one of the best jobs I ever had, it was one of the easiest because I was given a large degree of freedom to treat my sales territory (the best one in the U.S.) as if it were my own business to grow, and that made me more successful than other environments where independent thinking was frowned upon, and managers hovered and hounded – more... hourly. I was allowed to be an adult professional capable and accountable for my work. My colleagues were all very nice and empathetic people, who were good at what they did. Everyone's ideas were listened to and we each respected one another's professional opinions.
I really wanted to be promoted from within at Dow Jones, but over the years there was so much turn over with upper management, it made that process more difficult. With each new manager, came a new period of them learning us, whilst employing others they were more familiar with from other functions or old jobs into some roles I was working to win. Plus, each manager had great ideas they brought with them to reinvent the wheel, but usually they were right on the coat tails of the last manager's change-initiative that they replaced. That really made the new process buy-in much more difficult each time. The managers just wouldn't stay very long at Dow Jones and that really brought workplace morale down. Keeping our heads up and staying positive through every new manager, every new restructure, and every new process was the absolute hardest part of working at Dow Jones. – less