Seattle Times

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Seattle Times Reviews

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
71 Reviews
3.2
71 Reviews
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Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank A. Blethen
Frank A. Blethen
38 Ratings

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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Suffers from too much consensus, can't get things done

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Community mission is good. Lots of positive talented people work there. Great location. Excellent work / life balance. Can get some decent experience if you're in the right role and empowered.You can feel good about the work you're doing.

    Cons

    Because everything is by consensus or decision making is misplaced (IT makes business decisions without consulting departments affected, sales so focused on making monthly goals and have final say in decisions that affect long term viability--which is at conflict, etc.) everything takes 10 times longer than it should. Everyone thinks they can do everyone else's job, so lots of second guessing decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people's expertise--they could get paid well, but choose to work for the mission. So don't walk past the UX expert to get the editor to make UX decisions. Get ops involved in decisions that affect ops' work. Be sure to ask all business units for their needs in a project before launching the project. Set business goals for projects and base decisions on those. Get level of efforts on development work and build timelines on that, instead of pulling dates out of a hat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Truly values-based company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Times

    Pros

    This is an ethical journalism company that truly cares about serving the community. It's an honor to be part of a genuine mission-based company.

    Cons

    Leadership is fraught with dysfunction.

  3.  

    stagnant company provides a stepping stone.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Account Executive  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Digital Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    this is a super tolerant company, with a strong mission that's easy to get behind. As an ad sales rep, it's possible to make good money particularly on the digital team.

    Cons

    forward thinking, they are not. this is an old, sluggish company with outdated model of doing things. They have tired to pivot multiple times over the last decade, and have suffered with under performing sales team (that is largely union) and a mixed bag of managers. The old newspaper heyday has passed and the STC hasn't quite figured out how to survive in a competitive environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the good, and get rid of the bad! Bad middle management that remains in place will disenchant the workforce. hire good people, and trust them to do their jobs. no body likes a middle manager.

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

    Limited Chance for Advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Seattle Times makes a difference in the community, impacting people's lives across the region, and that gives many employees a strong sense of pride in their work.

    Cons

    Regardless of countless consulting engagements, the company seems unwilling or unable to make large, necessary changes. As the consultant mentioned, there should be shifts, but management seems unwilling to cut low performers that have been in the ranks for decades. They offer noncompetitive salaries that attract misfits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be smarter with cost-cutting. Get rid of non-performers rather than freezing all employees' pay. Recognize the skills of internal candidates and move them up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good first gig

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Website Producer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Website Producer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere, innovative approach to news, Pulitzer Prize winner, fast-paced newsroom, digital focus, market powerhouse, great coworkers, decent pay, local news leader, and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, poor work-life balance, uncertain future of the company with a declining legacy product, hours can be very bad, Seattle is a saturated news market, pay is not great, union shop

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    This company has a great mission and a great challenge to continue it's mission with the growing change in how readers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    1. Great journalistic and community mission
    2. Great challenge in the face of technology and it's impact on the traditional printed product.

    Cons

    1. Affecting change in a fast changing business environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Urgency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Accounting

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Accounting  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Accounting in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Local ownership, integrity, opportunity to make a difference. Hard work and results are rewarded.

    Cons

    News paper industry is slowing down. Layoffs are a result of this changing market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Print is dead, it just doesn't know it yet...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, great passion, everyone loves the news and is passionate about the product

    Cons

    Print is dying and management doesn't have a clear plan what to do instead, and the union has a stranglehold on the company and will take it down.

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

    Newspaper

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    The employees are great people.

    Cons

    Middle management HEAVY. Compensation not competitive with other sales organizations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Values-driven company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Seattle Times takes its commitment to journalistic ethics and community service very seriously. Every employee is encouraged to support those values. Peer collaboration is very strong. Employee benefits and work/life balance are good.

    Cons

    Wages in some positions are not competitive with the local market.

    Neutral Outlook

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