A. H. Belo

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A. H. Belo Reviews

13 Reviews
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A. H. Belo Chairman, President, and CEO Robert W. Decherd
Robert W. Decherd
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    Sinking Ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Time off as needed. Flexible schedule. Decent pay/benefits. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Decisions on software products have been made by people outside IT department, which led to terrible large-scale purchases. Old technology/l lots of Perl/PHP scripts that only a very few people have a clue about. Very old/clunky/inefficient/unreliable home-grown systems. Developers are expected to support this old software. Very few (none?) new projects using current technologies. Newspaper industry's immanent demise has been accelerated by the recession causing thousands of layoffs, followed by pay cuts across the board and cut-backs on some benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management. Unfortunately this field is required.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Hard times in the newspaper industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    The company pays very well for a nice combination of work life balance. They truly do want people to have time outside of work to live their life. The company has a number of great opportunites for sales people as they are the life blood of the company. I do truly believe that the management wants to bring the newspaper into the future, and they have a lot of pride in the company's history, particularly in Dallas.

    Cons

    There is a very strong "A team" mentality. You'll see the same people in meetings all the time, talking about the same things. There's very little acceptance of dissenting opinion, even if it is factual data from an objective third party. In fact, frequently the data will be refuted because it doesn't match someone's "gut." Of course there's also the cloud that's hanging over the entire industry that doesn't help with a "can do" attitude. There's also this strong tendency to become enamored with the latest idea, but never put any resources behind it. The work is put in on the front end, but the product will be left to die on the vine after launch. Realisically its a company that's run by a controlling family with almost complete authority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage constructive criticism. The best ideas are tested in fire, not by sycophants. Realistic expectations go along way. Look out for people that consistenly over promise and under deliver and reward the reverse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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