McClatchy Company Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Celebrates the smallest victories, but doesn't acknowledge the downtimes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prepress Technician
    Current Employee - Prepress Technician

    I have been working at McClatchy Company part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll work and support an institution and industry alongside people who share the same passion. Those people will likely be those at the specific newspaper you work for, not McClatchy proper.

    Cons

    Corporate management won't acknowledge layoffs of staff who have been loyal to the company their entire professional lives. Additionally, they are offering their part-timers no incentives to stick around, cutting jobs and available payable hours in what they refer to internally as their FRED Plan, citing it specfically as "cost reductions in production and newsprint."

    Advice to Management

    The newspaper business is going downhill, and your employees know it. Find ways to cut costs that don't cost others their livelihoods.

  2. Helpful (1)

    worst company i have ever worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    have nothing nice to say

    Cons

    the company hacked our home town news paper to bits

  3. Helpful (1)

    Look elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Use to be a good company, but currently there are no pros to add.

    Cons

    No work/life balance unless you are in upper upper management. Benefits and compensation are awful and they just implemented at two year wage freeze. No 401(k) contributions either. Company holidays are sparse. I could write a book on all the reasons not to work for this company.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    A greedy, short-sighted company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a few good people in any company. This one is no exception to that rule. One can find good co-workers anywhere.

    Cons

    The tangible bottom line is everything to this company. Years ago they took on much more debt than they could handle, and they've responded by selling as many assets and laying off as many people as they could. Now their game is to hire as many part-time people as they can so they don't have to pay benefits. They make one bad business decision upon another, then make the rank-and-file employees pay the awful price for them.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Better off elsewhere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    Pros

    you might have some good co-workers

    Cons

    bad pay, wage freezes, no 401K contributions. morale is not just low - it is dead.

    Advice to Management

    Get with it! Compensate employees adequately. Find out from accurate sources who the effective managers are (yes, this might mean talking to "lower level" employees) and get rid of the guys who are ineffective.

    And employees don't care that you had to take a wage freeze or small decrease in your salary when we are barely scraping by paycheck to paycheck.

  7. Helpful (1)

    poor environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The ability to work a flexible schedule

    Cons

    Salary, benefits, morale, no employee appreciation. Virtually no way to move up.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Nearly dead IT Staffer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Regular paycheck with a huge personal cost.

    Cons

    Managers will throw employees under the bus to save themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is expendable.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Where IT professionals go to die

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer
    Former Employee - Programmer

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Little oversight, flexible job description. Once they hire you, they'll be afraid to fire you because it's hard to get permission to fill a position.

    Cons

    Salary, benefits, morale, no employee appreciation. Virtually no way to move up. Work load is past obscene, and all the way up to hilarious. Corporate system adds a lot of overhead to an industry that is already struggling.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to cut your way to profitability: the fat was cut a decade ago, the meat was gone in 2010, and now it's just bone that you're cutting, and it shows. The papers are tiny...Advertising takes the blame for slumping numbers, but the newsrooms have been cut so far that they have trouble filling the paper, while you make the same content available for free online...Why would anyone want to subscribe?

    The industry needs to adapt, and most management is just trying to hold on to their jobs until they can retire, while corporate keeps hammering on cuts in an effort to service their massive debt.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Former employee at Fort Worth newsroom

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I honestly can't think of many. I suppose that the pay could be worse, and it is in some places. But the frequent furloughs tend to negate that aspect.

    Cons

    Corrupt middle and lower management, absolute fools in upper management. Lots of cronyism, favoritism, opportunism. If you're not part of "the gang," then beware. Promotions tend to follow the classic pattern of the Peter Principle, including the targeting of super-competent subordinates for eventual dismissal.

    Advice to Management

    To upper management, get a brain. To lower and middle management, get some moral fiber.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Unorganized, short sighted company which lacks leadership and doesn't care about their clients

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Myrtle Beach, SC

    I worked at McClatchy Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Ability to be out in the community and interact with business owners.
    -Being able to own your territory and be given assigned accounts.

    Cons

    -Horrible leadership
    -Short sighted approach to business
    -Don't care about their clients budget or delivering results
    -Constant turnover
    -Fire successful employees and replace them with someone they can pay half
    -Lofty, Unattainable Goals
    -Motivate through fear
    -No room for growth
    -outsourced most work overseas at this point

    Advice to Management

    -Create an open line of communication with your employees.
    -Strive for success as a whole and not self-preservation of your own job
    -Stop driving away talent
    -Trust your employees to do their job
    -Be willing to try new things and be comfortable with change

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