Seattle Times

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Seattle Times Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 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 7 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The biggest negative, of course, is what's happening to the newspaper industry (in 7 reviews)

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

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19 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Best place I ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Newsroom
    Former Employee - Newsroom

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Great newspaper and getting better despite industry downturn. Interested in reporters' ideas, a lot of talented editors, kind and smart and funny coworkers.

    Cons

    More of the Seattle chill than some workplaces, and not all the editors are brilliant -- but most are, and most are kind. The biggest negative, of course, is what's happening to the newspaper industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the people who aren't excellent. You're good enough to attract the best and can't afford to hold onto the rest.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to grow your career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Advertising Operations in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Digital Advertising Operations in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Awesome people, strong company culture, always new projects and ways to expand your experience and vidibility within the company if you're looking to do so. The Advertising Operations team has some awesome managers.

    Cons

    Newspaper industry is on the decline, perks are few (but very appreciated.) The recent sell of the once Times-owned parking lot means parking is no longer better than anywhere else in the city (but no worse either).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some really talented, imaginative and devoted young professionals among your employees--leverage their enthusiasm, intelligence, and knowledge of what is happening in news media and the digital advertising space. I promise they won't disappoint you. Also, the union is bringing you down--cut them loose as soon as you can.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, a good company to work for.

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

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Quality employees. Communicative management.

    Cons

    Wage freeze and pension freeze.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more credit to loyal employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Some leadership issues, but overall a great company to work for

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

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some compassionate leaders, good foresight into changing landscape of news consumption

    Cons

    Some ineffective leaders, outdated technologies used in new media, feel as though follow through was lacking when we went through a department-wide conflict resolution workshop

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I loved the people, culture, and challenges.

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Great mission: serving the community with fiercely independent journalism
    Great relationships with good people

    Cons

    Not able to compete in compensation
    Risk averse group-think culture
    Unclear direction to turn it around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back. Look at the bigger picture. Stop throwing spaghetti against the wall. Analyze where to invest and where to stop investing, then do it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Subscriber acquisition

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Times

    Pros

    A great family to work for. A good place to grow up.

    Cons

    Salaries and leadership sub-par, infrastructre home-grown and difficult to innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house! Be Bold!

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great environment but could use some improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company values, work/life balance, and employees make working for The Seattle Times a true joy. They are competitive with payment if you're an external candidate and offer a better than average amount of sick and vacation time.

    Cons

    In an industry that is constantly changing to keep up with technology and social trends, The Seattle Times tends to be a little behind many of their competitors. This then puts stress on the staff to constantly try to "catch up" with the newest and latest...whatever it is the company is rolling out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just listen to your employees - take what they say to heart and know they want the company to succeed just as much as you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive experience, learned a lot

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Website Producer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Website Producer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Exciting, fast-paced newsroom. Great digital team and mentors!

    Cons

    Sad to leave this job behind.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good development opportunity, short ladder.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good people, good cause, ability to make a difference.

    Cons

    Poor long term outlook, low salary, low budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to take chances on technology or people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, collaborative, work hard.

    Cons

    Newspaper industry is facing tough times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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