McClatchy Company Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Company, low pay

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    Former Employee - Sales in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Sales in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at McClatchy Company

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed all the sales people I worked with, good at helping each other out when needed, provided sales guidance and tips.

    Cons

    The carrot was always a little to far away to reach. The product was continuing to slip lower and lower, and was hard to keep any advertiser when the ads did not work.


  2. The employees seem as replaceable as the ID numbers they

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    Current Employee - Operations Department in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Operations Department in Miami, FL

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    Pros

    As with any job in journalism, you're bound to meet a bunch of interesting and intelligent people. Here is no different. A bunch of experienced and professional people help run a tight ship, and go out of their way to help any fellow co-worker in the trenches. Working in operations, your job is to get the paper out on time, every time. It's not glamorous, and the work is rather uninteresting, but you'll have great people trudging along with you in the trenches.

    Cons

    Operations have become the target of a lot of budget cuts as McClatchy has begun transforming itself into a digital-first company. That means lost jobs and no bettering the quality of life for the lucky few still employed, like that's a benefit. In my time with the company, seven full-time positions were cut from the operations department and refused to promote part-timers to full-time. Another handful of positions were cut from editorial. On the other hand, the advertising and sales departments get a whole slew of fresh hires, a re-branding, and additional amenities. All of this in line with their 2020 Plan, starting with redesigning papers like the Sacramento Bee. To what end?

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are people, even if you don't see all of them. You may be a major news conglomerate boasting a high share of the market, but let the newspapers operate as local entities. It'll better the quality of life of their employees. Also, show me on the doll where it makes sense to cut the people that get the paper out!


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great learning opportunity, little compensation

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Cutting sometimes bleeding edge work with a constant willingness and even insistence to stay abreast of trends. Great work experience to take when I left.

    Cons

    Hard work was not adequately recognized or rewarded. Promotions were often mystifying, and others who were natural leaders and should have been promoted weren't.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They know a few things.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    You'll learn a lot here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McClatchy Company

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Fair compensation, expect to work hard!

    Cons

    No 401k match, wage freezes, little room for advancement. Upper management has little idea of how their departments are run. Therefore decisions on staffing levels and proccesses are poor and just about cost. I have seen managers forced to keep incompetent, in subordinate staff because manager was not backed on action to improve performance of their staff. The department suffer and more and more work was given to the manager. The poor performing employee was kept on staff and very competent and good manager ended up leaving the company. New manager brought in is friends with upper management and will likely be kept this manager is technically competent but not open to new ideas and not a good people manager. She couldn't figure out our processes and blamed many issues on the old manager, which was not true. My poor performing Co worker put so much work on me I ended up leaving the company as well as I realized the new manager was in with upper upper management and nothing was going to change.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what it takes to run the department you are oversering. Recognize poor performers and back your manager in making them do their job or find another! Hire and keep competent managers!


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not enough support team members

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom and incentives to bring in more revenue

    Cons

    No tuition assistance, no 401k match, very little fun, too many pointless meetings, not enough advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on the money and more on the people and the products


  7. Helpful (1)

    Working at the McClatchy Co.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McClatchy Company

    Pros

    Fast paced environment fun people.

    Cons

    Mismanagement led to many layoffs


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good people in the newsrooms, but corporate ... ?

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Reporter in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

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

    Pros

    Depends on the newsroom. Talented and experienced journalists and editors in many places. More autonomy for papers to cover their communities and maintain unique identities than other large newspaper chains. Credibility in the industry and really does attempt to "speak truth to power" when necessary.

    Cons

    The cuts. The salary freezes. The lack of 401-K contributions. The worsening health insurance. The layoffs. The lack of new blood and manpower due to hiring freezes. News web sites with more pop-ups than any except porn sites.

    Advice to Management

    Jeez. Where to begin? Your assets are your people. A 23-year-old college grad is cheaper than a 20-year veteran, but the difference in work shows - and the readers know it, too.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Typical Newspaper Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    dental and vision are pretty good. vacation time can be pretty good if you stay with the company long enough.

    Cons

    Company promotes work/life balance, but I have yet to see that actually demonstrated. medical coverage is not good - at all. they recently stopped contributions to 401K accounts. some divisions implementing mandatory furloughs. and I have been stuck at the same salary for the past 5 years. all bad signs. as an employee I feel pretty disrespected and abused by my boss and the company. All work, never any thanks.

    Advice to Management

    Bring some new blood into the upper ranks. You need to embrace some of the ideas from the "younger" generation in order to survive in these changing times.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Life-draining, talent draining employer who doesnt care about work-life balance.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    I worked at McClatchy Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits and the people that are left are very hard working people. Of course you have to be to take on all the added responsibilities.

    Cons

    The company is always downsizing or taken from the employees such as increased costs of health coverage, pay cuts, furloughs, increased workload with no added benefits (except be happy you have a job). Even though you may have a vacation balance, its difficult to use it when there is no one to cover, therefore losing any vacation at the end of the year. Perhaps, if they cant get their employees their vacation time, they should at least pay them for what they lose.

    Advice to Management

    Present a case to McClatchy and show how the Eagle has done more with less compared to some of their sister newspapers. Enough said. I dont want to kick a company when they're down.


  11. Its been good until the recent cuts

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Lexington, KY

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training and opportunities are pretty good

    Cons

    NO TEAMWORK and communication is zero

    Advice to Management

    hire lawyers and research the purchase from Knight Ridder!!!



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