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Los Angeles Times Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
11 Reviews
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Los Angeles Times Co-President of Tribune Company Publisher & CEO of the Los Angeles Times Eddy Hartenstein
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11 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is very friendly (in 7 reviews)

  • Still a lot of good people in the newsroom (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad management - inefficient, doesn't promote from within, everyone sleeps with everyone (in 2 reviews)

  • There are so many editors here who should have been let go decades ago that it isn't even funny (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was a dream to be a reporter here not so long ago

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - One of Many Who Took A Buyout
    Former Employee - One of Many Who Took A Buyout

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The LATimes was probably the best newspaper in the country for a reporter/writer at one time. Editors gave wide room to accomplished writers and, if lucky, a writer could pursue a good story for many months. It was a fun, supportive, creative, and ambitious place.

    Cons

    Sadly that has changed over the last decade, through ownership and leadership changes, bankruptcy, and overall decline in the industry. Most of the senior writers have left. Sure, there was a lot of fat at one time, but now the place has gone to the other extreme.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember content is king.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Masking the chaos with fluff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time

    Pros

    Still a lot of good people in the newsroom. Still one of the better newspapers in the U.S. And it might be sold by end of 2015.

    Cons

    After years of terrible corporate management, terrible company management and terrible newsroom management, today's L.A. Times is just a sad reminder of what it used to be. Too much effort is spent on publishing junk news while more substantive matters are ignored. Tribune Co. basically stole the title to the building formerly known as Times-Mirror Square, so the *next* ownership group -- which will be approximately the seventh since 2000 -- probably will move whatever staff is left to new offices. Meanwhile, a new publisher has taken over and reportedly is paying himself $675,000 a year with the opportunity for a $675,000 bonus. In other words, business as usual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fall on your knees and pray for forgiveness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Jump ship before the Titanic sinks.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Fulfillment Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Fulfillment Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition, impressive to outsiders.

    Cons

    The LA Times is big on hiring from the outside, forget about promotions internally. I felt like I was working at a new job selling different products with a different manager every quarter. This company has an identity crisis as the Newspaper subscription shrinks. It is desperately trying to find it's new identity and space in the Internet market. Expect to see layoffs galore even now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you are, stick to only a few products. Last time I checked, this paper was trying to be an advertising agency, and not particularly well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not a good outlook here or any other newspaper.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good location, good benefits, parking.

    Cons

    Very conservative, lots of long term employees with agendas from 1980's. The rotating cycle of management over the past 4-5 years, in addition to all that came before, makes it impossible to gain and keep any momentum. This on top of the decline of the entire industry and an inability to gain any ground on competitiors in faster moving digital only companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Death of newspapers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Reporter in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Still a great showcase for good talent, despite dwindling circulation and unfocused online presence. If you've got the skills, you can still shine.

    Cons

    Was once an elite news organization. With continued layoffs and legendary bad management in editorial, it is barely hanging on editorially. People are fleeing constantly, especially women. Editorial bosses known for treating women over 50 badly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the top bosses in the newsroom, put in place ethical people who aren't tyrants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Sales Assistant

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    Current Employee - Account Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles Times full-time

    Pros

    Big company with great support system and a long history.

    Cons

    Bad management - inefficient, doesn't promote from within, everyone sleeps with everyone...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    So much potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company has some of the most amazing content and loyal employees

    Cons

    They aren't investing enough in technology or focusing on the wrong things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on metadata and rebuilding your legacy systems so that you can rebuild your content kingdom!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    newspapers are not what it used be....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles Times

    Pros

    a good stepping stone to bigger and better opportunities

    Cons

    slow to react to changes in market, customer, and advertisers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change management immediately...legacy employees don't have the vision to turn around the business

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Don't kill the newspaper to convert the building into condos!

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Times

    Pros

    As a salesperson the name "Los Angeles Times" open doors and calls are returned. It's a fun atmosphere to work in downtown Los Angeles. The Time Mirror Square has so much history and it was product to be proud of.

    Cons

    Instead of embracing the internet, the Los Angeles Times did not move forward. It was a cash cow that did not need to go out and get the business . . .the business came to their doors. It was the Los Angeles Times. Unfortunately, business stop knocking at the door and did not understand how to win it back. They started cutting pricing and did not sell the value of the product. Its in turmoil now and may have been for years prior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace the paper product and respect your loyal readers. The Los Angeles Times has loyal readers and management needs to respect them by providing a good newspaper.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Former media giant falls on hard times

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Times

    Pros

    As a major newspaper, it has more resources and opportunities within the company than others in the region. There are still a lot of talented journalists to work with, and if you're in California (or anywhere in the West), it's still the biggest game in town.

    Cons

    Like many newspapers, the LA Times is experiencing growing pains. It became a depressing place to work toward the end, but it's not as bad as it would be at a smaller paper. The hierarchy is stodgy; it can take forever to get a promotion, higher-level editing spots are limited and younger people are presumed to have the rest of their lives to reach such an exalted position. As an editor, expect to work some holidays and weekends; most national holidays that your friends have off, you won't. Benefits have been cut back under the new regime, but again, are probably still cushy compared to a smaller paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in talent, but don't pad middle management. The recent layoffs and buyouts have thinned the ranks (I took a buyout), but rather indiscriminately. A lot of unnecessary managers have left, but so have a ton of talented journalists. Yes, it's a business, but one whose primary commodity is quality content.

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