McClatchy Company Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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McClatchy Company President & CEO Patrick J. Talamantes
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  1. A great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Universal Editor in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Universal Editor in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at McClatchy Company part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Treated me fairly and there were opportunities to learn new skills and expand my experience.

    Cons

    Quite simply, the news industry is changing at an extremely rapid pace and McClatchy is struggling to keep up, let alone get ahead of the change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Amazing people to work with!

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    Former Employee - Major Account Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Major Account Representative in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diversity of people and products and thoroughness of team training on these promotions .

    Cons

    KPI's not relevant across representative positions ...commission plan is geared for territory reps to be able to take the most advantage in manipulating numbers ....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your reps!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Corporate management

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    Current Employee - District Manager in Bluffton, SC
    Current Employee - District Manager in Bluffton, SC

    I have been working at McClatchy Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very Fair Corporate management. Offering many opportunities for transfer.

    Cons

    Local Management left much to be desired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never place one employee of several performing same job and competing for same quotas as manager over others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Learned a lot - overworked and underpaid

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    Former Employee - Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot at McClatchy and am very grateful for that. The people were fantastic and I made lifelong professional contacts and friends.

    Cons

    I worked every night after a full work day, so it was difficult to maintain work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to anyone who has good ideas, not just top-tier management. Attribute the good ideas you hear to the people who had them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Interesting digital play from a brick/mortar company

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    broad name recognition, media expertise, profitable

    Cons

    too much stake in newspaper business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nimble, fail, learn

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great camaraderie among staff, harsh directives from corporate owners

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at McClatchy Company

    Pros

    For size of city, downtown Charlotte is relatively livable. Affordable housing nearby, and good transportation options. (But suburbs can have nightmare traffic.) Project were enjoyable and supported. Colleagues were collegial. Good fit for a young professional.

    Cons

    I wasn't fired personally, but firings were frequent and seemingly arbitrary -- often coming as RIF percentages from corporate. It all contributed to an atmosphere of fear.

  8. Changes are coming

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    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Columbus, GA

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    Pros

    Very positive atmosphere - we WILL beat the odds and all the naysayers for the newspaper business!

    Cons

    Recent layoffs have had a demoralizing effect and increased workloads. Mandatory salary cuts and benefit decreases certainly don't help either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep looking ahead and be proactive instead of reactive - but realize your best resource is your employees and treat and reward them as such. Loyalty is no longer a foregone conclusion from the employee when it is not reciprocated by the employer.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. Lots to learn in difficult times for newspapers

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    Current Employee - Support Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Support Developer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    Pros

    Great people - its like a family, interesting technologies, plenty to learn, easy to ware many hats, ability to think independently and come up with out of the box solutions.

    Cons

    Management is useless and tends to throw unnecessary road blocks in front of progress. No guidance on direction from senior management. You can can be the best and be layed off while other under performing employees remain for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace quick implementation of new technologies and trends. Reducing head count is hurting you at this point - try coming up with ways of creating larger profits rather than cutting people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Miami Herald — a place to start your career, and then move on.

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Miami, FL

    I worked at McClatchy Company

    Pros

    Good opportunity to get a foot in the door. Most of the mid-level managers are quite helpful. Even though The Herald is a total rag, it still carries with it a small bit of respect, and so it looks good on a resume. Also, there are plenty of opportunities there, whether you want to work online, in print, as a designer, writing, taking photos or whatever else.

    Cons

    Management is very disingenuous. Be careful agreeing to anything without a contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and allow new blood in.

  11. Family? Sure. Dysfunctional? Yup.

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    Former Employee - Advertising Salesperson in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Advertising Salesperson in Olympia, WA

    I worked at McClatchy Company

    Pros

    Small family feel for a nationwide company.

    Cons

    The "family" is dysfunctional on some levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees; pay them what they're worth.

    Approves of CEO

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