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McClatchy Company Reviews

Updated May 12, 2014
Updated May 12, 2014
45 Reviews

2.3
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McClatchy Company President & CEO Patrick J. Talamantes
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  1.  

    Working at the McClatchy Co.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fast paced environment fun people.

    Cons

    Mismanagement led to many layoffs

  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter  in  Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Reporter in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Typical Newspaper Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Its been good until the recent cuts

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

    Pros

    Training and opportunities are pretty good

    Cons

    NO TEAMWORK and communication is zero

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    KC Star used to be a good place to work, now it's not...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Reporter in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    Before the hammer fell on the newspaper business beginning in 2008 (management missed five million signals in years running up to the debacle) The Star was a good place to work. Opportunities and some support from management

    Cons

    Acts like a company in the midst of a panic, which it is...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the panic mode, and when you make cuts, make intelligent ones, not ones based on frieds of fill-in-the-blank

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not a promising career choice.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Journalist  in  Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Journalist in Fresno, CA

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits with the freedom to do good journalism. They are a large newspaper chain that can offer opportunities to transfer to other cities across the nation. Perhaps working here in a good starter job can lead to better opportunity elsewhere.

    Cons

    The downward spiral of the newspaper business has cut budgets and reduced manpower. Management is top-heavy. Reporters and others have to do more with less. Right now, they have instituted a one-year wage freeze. There have been at least two rounds of buyouts and layoffs at most papers this year alone. Many of the advertising design jobs were outsourced to India last year. The company is still looking for every possible way to outsource its printing and prepress operations. There is even expressed doubt that they will want to continue printing any newspapers down the road. Online revenue is promising, but barely supports the journalists needed to deliver the news. And the pay for online expertise lags others in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop a few editors down to work the trenches. How many AMEs do they really need? Every reporter should maintain a blog, but don't expect it to drive views. I guess there's no way to clear the clutter off the home page. Try word ads, they get better hits and are less obtrusive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    McClatchy: Where it's 1982 all the time

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Can't Disclose That  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Can't Disclose That in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    In many ways a very easy place to work. Not a hell of a lot seems to be expected from employees, in fact, those who abuse the system seem to be rewarded for it. Steady and reliable (until outsourcing hits YOUR department) and a very established company -- the 800 lb. gorilla, the only newspaper in town. They are good about letting you take time off, and you start with 3 weeks vacation, which isn't bad. 401(k) and pension, which you don't see much anymore. Free parking....um, free Christmas lunch in the cafeteria once a year? Occasional Arnold Schwarzenegger sightings in the building?

    Cons

    Not a progressive company. Filled with those who have spent their entire careers there. Senior management may be ok, middle managers can be dreadful and rewarded for same. They actually have a bonus structure where managers get more of a bonus if they keep employee salaries low. One of the worst places I've ever been.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's the 21st century and gas is approaching $5 a gallon. You need to allow telecommuting, flex schedules....shake off the 1900's factory mentality. Employees don't have to be on site and in their chairs 8 hours a day to be productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    career path full of possibilities now at dead end

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copy Editor/Page Designer
    Current Employee - Copy Editor/Page Designer

    Pros

    large company with family-owned background.
    corporate keeps hands off of daily content.
    Pruitt could come speak at your office, he will politely listen, charm you with his optimism.
    Most middle management are nice and competent.
    Many good journalists who are dedicated to the craft work here.
    you can join employee only credit union (it is not company owned)
    Profit sharing is to return.
    Decent vacation time per years of service policy. Increase now begins at 4th year.

    Cons

    company has much debt after buying Knight-Ridder.
    after lots of company-wide buyouts, frontline and support staff cuts, hourly pay cuts, move to 7.5 hr work day, staff "restructuring", pressworker layoffs, morale is low and you are left with many on the front lines who are frustrated, burning (burnt) out and taking out their own garbage and vacuuming floors around their desks (cleaning crew laidoff.)
    Pruitt will tell you that every newspaper made a profit last year (after workers endure years of sentence above.)
    Some middle to upper management are nice, useless and have checked out awhile ago.
    Sick time no longer accrues. It is lost at end of year.
    Many nonmanagement people have departed or were laid off in the rounds of cuts earlier, which means a majority of those who are left are there because they can't afford to retire, need the medical coverage and,or know these skills don't translate elsewhere and they have no other options after being on the desk for 20, 30 years.
    There is a constant challenge to have enough content to fill what few pages of A1, metro that remain because there are so few reporters. They have been laidoff, bought out or quit.

    Over the past several years focus has shifted from editing copy, creating interesting designs with meaningful content and headlines to filling pages quickly, using a lot of dull filler wire copy, less editing with fewer editors' eyes on a page. As such, even less opportunity to improve skills. Must be self motivated to succeed here. New focus also means that the needs/wants/opportunities to help the readers ends up secondary, if that. There is just no time. Morale is not great among the desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are working more than they ever did and still have to produce good journalism everyday, some help and appreciation once in a while would be nice. Not food or parties, but words. ... Listen to ideas that the younger staff offer up. That generation will be reading the paper (or not) when you are retired. ... Tell us how we are to believe in the future of the company, not just to have faith and wait for the economy to improve. ... Treat all employees fairly and expect everyone attempt to work at work. Some have to work even harder because others are not (and are not shy about being on Facebook, or routinely gather around the watercooler instead of working.)

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    Pros

    The benefits were reasonable as benefits go.

    Cons

    Unrealistic sales goals were given in the middle of month and sometimes increased after the month was over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost touch with reality.

    Doesn't Recommend

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