Seattle Times

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Seattle Times Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
75 Reviews
3.3
75 Reviews
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Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank A. Blethen
Frank A. Blethen
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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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  1.  

    Continuous improvement and a great place to work!

    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has been reinvigorated with new mid and senior level management, new technology & digital products, an emphasis on excellence, and a drive to be the best. The integrity of the paper and the news team in unmatched.

    I've worked at great companies and horrible companies, and I honestly rank this one as one of the best. The people, atmosphere, culture, work-life balance, and initiatives really make this an enjoyable place to be. I have only been here for under 1 year, and have heard stories about the way things "used to be". I can't speak to that, all I can reference is what is going on now - which is great!

    Cons

    The parking lot was sold and parking at some point in the future will be, interesting. While not really a con because it is good, the 401(k) match could be a little more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice that comes to mind is - have some company-wide social events. Holiday party, summer BBQ, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Editor

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Prestige, demanding, lots of resources

    Cons

    not a good creative environment, a lot of projects are not collaborative unless it's Seahawks-related or something the paper makes money with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think they should be on the ground more, think they don't have a true grasp of how their team works.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    like the indepence and responsibilty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paper Carrier/Cusomer Service in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Paper Carrier/Cusomer Service in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work hours are pt mostley

    Cons

    have to work 7 days a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sometimes it would be nice to have a day off

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

    Excellent place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Seattle Times has an excellent work-life balance and great opportunities for career growth. Very friendly co-workers and work environment, a family-oriented culture. It's an exciting time as we re-invent ourselves in the news industry, and there are many opportunities for doing new and exciting things. Managers give you freedom to work on things that can make an impact and creativity is encouraged. From what I've experienced there's a very cooperative and non-hierarchical work environment.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything negative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Seattle Times

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Seattle Times has evolved with the changing news industry from the time I was hired as a news clerk 20 years ago to now. They are the news organization of record for the Pacific Northwest.

    Cons

    My experience thus far has been positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The more challenging the economy the more difficult and critical it is to cover the underrepresented.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best places I've worked

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

    I worked at Seattle Times

    Pros

    Economic and industry conditions forced me out, otherwise I'd have stayed for life. The Times' pay and benefit package were far more generous than other companies I've worked for, including so-called "best companies." Great health and dental; four weeks' vacation after five years; etc. Senior and mid-level managers in the newsroom are smart, talented and great to work with. And I don't care what anybody says, Frank Blethen is a good guy who made some unfortunate mistakes. But it's unfair to blame the company's woes on his management without acknowledging the state of the industry. I hope he and his family can make it through this trough.

    Cons

    By the time I left the workload had become pretty intense -- resources shrunk, but not expectations. Don't know if that's changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't give up. Seattle needs you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challanges notwithstanding, optimism abounds at The Seattle Times

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times

    Pros

    The company is committed to quality - quality of its products (newspaper, websites), a quality workplace/environment, quality people, etc. The people are its greatest asset; everyone is committed to doing a good job, to working together as a team, to making good business decisions, and respecting each other's thoughts, opinions, feedback, etc. The Seattle Times' brand is strong and well-respected; there's a tremendous amount of pride and satisfaction in working here, knowing a very large portion of greater Seattle relies on our newpaper and websites for their daily news, local info, traffic, weather, etc. It's incredibly gratifying to work for a company tasked with keeping their finger on the pulse of such a diverse, eclectic city like Seattle.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry as a whole is struggling to find the business model necessary to sustain long-term viability and growth - and it's no different at the Times. While the online division of the company is well positioned for both long-term profitability and viability, the print division is experiencing decreased advertising revenues, staff reductions, and questions of how to re-invent itself in order to remain Seattle's #1 source of news and information. Senior Management is addressing those issues head-on but what the final outcome will be remains to be seen. Secondary to the business challenges, the commute downtown is no fun at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never underestimate the power or importance of soliciting feedback from the rank and file and, more significantly, acting on it. Suggestions abound at the operational level of the organization regarding options to consider, suggestions, etc but challenges in how to effectively solicit, compile, and communicate them to senior management can limit or stifle their visibility. Also, follow Microsoft's lead in allowing commuters with laptops to log their time spent online while commuting to count as official time in the workday.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Repeated connections as a consultant

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

    I worked at Seattle Times as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The Seattle times still offers a lot of autonomy to each enterprise. The staff I have worked with seem smart, invigorated by their jobs and work environment, and suggest that the management style of the Times is to hire good people and get out of their way.

    Cons

    The newspaper business is re-inventing itself. Some of the current positions at any newspaper are likely to be transformed to new kinds of jobs. Some people who are doing excellent work may nevertheless lose their jobs, because the jobs itself is terminated, or completely changed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great setting & coworkers

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

    I worked at Seattle Times as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Open, traditional newsroom space with easy communication between departments. Friendly coworkers who care about you, within and outside of the workplace!

    Cons

    None that I can think of. Every staff member was helpful to me during my internship here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great regional newspaper

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Seattle Times is one of the few daily newspapers left that still cares about journalism. The staff is very talented.

    Cons

    Ten years or more of financial problems have cut staff and challenged morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

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