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3.1 70 reviews

63% Approve of the CEO

Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank A. Blethen

Frank A. Blethen

(38 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee benefits and work/life balance are good (in 6 reviews)

  • paid well, good people, interesting business (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Newspaper industry is facing tough times (in 6 reviews)

  • The business model is broken, and has been broken for many years (in 4 reviews)

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    How much longer?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsHopefully they will be remembered fondly in the future.

    ConsIt's been heartbreaking to see the company fall apart over the last several years. The Seattle Times once stood for something and was a company you could be proud to work at, sadly that has changed rather dramatically in the last 3+ years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to implement your exit strategy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low morale, even lower pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe people--met a lot of great friends and enjoyed working with most people
    The work (when we had it)--lots of variety
    The location--up and coming SLU

    ConsTerrible conditions. The company was always telling people how terrible they were doing. I worked there for almost 5 years and never heard a positive word. It was depressing. There is a union that a lot professional jobs fall within--it creates an odd dynamic--the union workers vs. the management. It's not comfortable at all. I'd never work anywhere that has a union again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out how to get rid of the union. It really creates a lot of animosity that is unnecessary. Plus the union does nothing except take money from people who need it! Figure out how to be positive in a depressing industry.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lacking knowledgeable leaders

    Sales Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prosconveniently located, dedicated to quality journalism.

    ConsThe executive team is out of touch with current marketplace with regards to sales. They rested on circulation and national advertisers for so long that when the advertising well dried up to other, more proven advertising options...they chose not to react and instead stayed the course on the sinking ship.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire someone that actually has successfully led a sales force...(outside of print)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A Company at War With Itself

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company is divided by the Newsroom managed by the Writers Guild Union and a hodgepodge of adrift employees organized under what was once called the New Media Department. The Newsroom is by far the best part of the company. It has somehow managed to stay professional, independent and excited despite the economic realities of the industry.

    ConsThe New Media department was a short lived experiment. Its incompetence in management and the war Frank Blethen continues to wage with the Newsroom Unions has left the future of the Seattle Times in doubt. What is left is a group of nepotistic appointees by Frank Blethen and a few middle management directors struggling to remain relevant within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs the company sells of the remaining assets to stay afloat it needs to double down on its online strategy. In the past the Newsroom has had to use strikes to correct the mismanagement of the Blethen family. They may need to do that again order to gain control of the online strategy and hire a *single* general manager to advance that strategy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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