McClatchy Company Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
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McClatchy Company President & CEO Patrick J. Talamantes
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    You'll learn a lot here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McClatchy Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Not enough support team members

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Typical Newspaper Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    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

    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
  8. Its been good until the recent cuts

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Lexington, KY

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

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

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Reporter in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at McClatchy Company

    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
  10. Not a promising career choice.

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    Former Employee - Journalist in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Journalist in Fresno, CA

    I worked at McClatchy Company

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    McClatchy: Where it's 1982 all the time

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    Current Employee - Can't Disclose That in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Can't Disclose That in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    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

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