Below is an article originally written by Mark Musgrave, the Chief People Officer at PowerToFly Partner Dow Jones, and published on September 26, 2018. Go to Dow Jones' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
A note from Mark Musgrave:
I am proud to share that for the third year in a row, Working Mother Magazine has placed Dow Jones on their list of Top 100 Best U.S. companies for working mothers. At Dow Jones our goal is to help our people reach their full potential, by cultivating an environment where they feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.
Being recognized as an employer of choice for working mothers is the result of our continued efforts to provide employees with an ever improving approach to work-life balance. Over the course of the past year, we've enhanced our paid parental leave to 20 weeks for primary caregivers around the globe, hosted our inaugural award-winning women's leadership initiative, IGNITE and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Dow Jones Family Center in Princeton.
As we work to map our our next steps, we'll be incorporating feedback from Smita Pillai's Listening Tour. As our first Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Smita has been traveling to numerous offices across the globe to learn what we do well and where we can improve in our efforts to cultivate a culturally diverse and inclusive working environment for all employees.
We still have more work to do, but attaining this distinction as a great organization for working mothers is something I am very proud of – it shows that we are on the right path. I'd like to share a few thoughts from other members of the Executive Leadership team on this accomplishment:
Christina Van Tassell, Chief Financial Officer
"I am proud to be part of an organization that encourages individuals to discover their path to happiness, both at home and in the workplace. As a working mom, I personally feel supported so that I may continue to thrive in a balanced way."
Matt Murray, WSJ Editor-in-Chief
"Journalism can be especially demanding and tough on families given the pace of news and relentlessness of deadlines. Given the competitive nature of the job, many people feel an unstated pressure to sacrifice their personal lives to demonstrate their commitment. It's important to have policies that encourage and nurture balance, and help our journalists find fulfillment both on the job and off."
Smita Pillai, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
"As I have traveled across the globe listening to our colleagues, one thing is clear – we are proud of our company and our brand. Our world class benefits and policies are inclusive and progressive. This recognition from Working Mother Magazine is a testament to our commitment to diversity and inclusion of all our global employees."
I am proud to be a part of an organization such as Dow Jones, which strives to provide employees with programs and services that are meaningful and significant. I look forward to sharing more about new programs soon.
A Q&A with Rachel Cohen, A Software Engineer At Dow Jones
Rachel Cohen, a Software Engineer at Dow Jones, spent the first decade of her career in journalism and recently landed the career of her dreams after attending a PowerToFly event! If you're currently pivoting your career, in the trenches of a coding bootcamp, amidst your first technical interview, or have been rejected once or twice, don't be discouraged!
"The letdowns and rejections are experiences that will make you better in every aspect," Rachel says. Keep reading to hear more about Rachel's journey and if you're interested in learning more about careers at Dow Jones? Click here to 'Follow' them on PowerToFly!
Can you describe your journey to your current position?
Rachel Cohen: I used to be a reporter and attended a software engineering bootcamp to make a career change. After I graduated and started my job search, I was interested in potentially staying in the journalism world with an engineering job at a media company. I tried to be very deliberate in the process - before I applied, I both wanted to make sure a media company was proactively using technology and to speak directly to someone at the company because I felt my backstory was likely more compelling in person than on a resume that someone might skim. It really was incredible timing when I got the email about the PowerToFly event with Dow Jones because I had been trying to gather more information about them just then. I had previously attended PowerToFly events and enjoyed them, so I was confident this event would be valuable. It was indeed a great opportunity to get a feel for the company's culture and solidify my interest in applying there, and it was also the perfect opportunity to tell my story in person to a hiring manager there. That conversation started the process that eventually led to my hire. Pretty cool how it all worked out!
What was the most valuable thing you learned on your journey to this new role that you'd like to share with others?
RC: Job searching, especially that search for your first software engineering role, is a learning process. The letdowns and the rejections along the way - as discouraging as they feel in the moment - are experiences that will make you better at every aspect, and in turn, better-positioned to land a position that's the right fit.
How did the hiring process differ with Dow Jones over other companies?
RC: What I appreciated about the hiring process was how the engineers who ran the interviews created a supportive atmosphere. One moment that sticks out came during an onsite coding challenge. While looking something up online, I commented that it feels as though I can't remember anything when I'm nervous. One of my future colleagues good-naturedly responded she likes to joke that all she does all day is Google how to do things. That helped put me at ease.
How did PowerToFly help you get your new role?
RC: PowerToFly hosted an event with Dow Jones while I was job searching - and, in fact, at a time when I was looking to learn more about the company. It wound up being the perfect opportunity to both gain insight into Dow Jones' culture and to make a connection there. I introduced myself to an engineering manager who put me in touch with the technical recruiter, and that started the process that culminated in an accepted job offer.
What excites you about your new role at Dow Jones?
Rachel Cohen: I was a reporter for more than 16 years before making a career switch, and one of the inspirations for my move to coding was my long-standing fascination with using technology to do my job more efficiently. Now I work on a team that creates software for the newsrooms of The Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones publications. It's a satisfying feeling that I can relate so well to the needs of our users and see how our apps make journalists' lives easier.