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Updated February 7, 2015
Updated February 7, 2015
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Peter Liguori
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Pros
  • Some great people to work with especially in California and Florida (in 13 reviews)

  • Really good at work-life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The low pay and no increases each year (in 7 reviews)

  • Frequent upper management changes (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    10,000s Employees... But you leave because of 1

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

    I worked at Tribune Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I felt truly valued, this was in large part due to performing a necessary job and being the ONLY PERSON who knew how to do it and NO ONE wanting to learn.

    Was allowed flexibility due to nature of my job. Pay not so great, no room for growth no raises, but if good leadership could earn perks; likely not transferable if position transferred to new leader. Typically positive/fun work environment.

    I sort of grew up here, so below are 3 life lessons (maybe specific to Trib) that I take with me:
    1. Make friends & contacts (but know the difference) - Be nice to all (inclusive), Happy Hour is no longer for drinking
    2. Loving the work not your title - if you don't feel this way, get out (because if you hate the work, you'll lose the title)
    3. In your boss you trust... if you don't feel this way by month 6; get out (because you never will & its mutual)

    Cons

    These may not all sound like cons... but are all lessons based on experiences I wish had not occurred during my employment:

    Tales of a Bad Boss:
    1. Be Fair - Always - To Everyone - Employees really don't care if you look/seem cool
    2. Learn Chess -- Thinking a few steps ahead will benefit everyone -- strategy isn't only for board games
    3. Allow everyone to do their job - if you were going to do it, do ask me to do it - make up your mind
    4. Just because you don't get it - doesn't make it wrong -- its ok for your employee to have an idea above you, DEAL
    5. Its ok if you make a mistake, I think you'll find people can be forgiving -- be an adult; don't pass the buck
    6. Favoritism - you aren't my favorite either, but I still laugh at your jokes - maybe look me in the eye

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    Lessons from Tribune:
    1. Your reputation is not enough - don't take credit for another's mistake - memory's are short
    2. You are not in control - you will be only offered 1 option - you always have 2 choices (the other involves leaving)
    3. Ask questions - Ask questions - Ask questions
    4. Document - Document - Document
    5. Save everything independently; become at least a little paranoid; its sad; but one day you will have seen enough and this will be a good idea, not the ramblings of a crazy person
    6. if you don't trust someone - go with that feeling
    7. if you DO trust someone - go with that feeling
    8. If you find someone willing to teach you - find time to "hang out"; sadly there are fewer of these folks than you know; even sadder they are rarely your boss
    9. Write thank you notes - write them often - write them for reasons you think are small trivial - write them by hand
    10. Listen to advice - from loved ones - lectures on youtube are for learning a trade not how to live your life

    Your boss makes you or breaks you... but this isn't a Tribune thing... its a Life thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What matters is your Director & VP level these are the individuals who truly run the company, but sadly not all are leaders; merely very smart people -- but that doesn't always translate.

    True Leadership Development. True Leadership Development on HOW to Develop other Leaders...

    Accurate Evaluations of your Lieutenants... are they bleeding good employees? Are they losing you your best assets?

    Your best people will leave - if they have a bad boss; regardless of pay, tenure, etc.
    All energy will be focused on leaving boss (internally or externally) and not on job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, good people, good benefits

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

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

    Pros

    I enjoy working here, and the people are all great. The pay isn't the best, but I shouldn't expect much out of my first real job.

    Cons

    As mentioned, a pay increase would be awesome, as I can't even begin to live off of what I get now. There also seems to be very little room for advancement as promotions are filled from the outside instead of internally.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adops

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adops in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Adops in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good team environment, benefits not that bad, convenient location

    Cons

    benefits could be better, sales & clients need additional training

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tribune Company Associate Producer

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

    I have been working at Tribune Company full-time

    Pros

    Good experience, great exposure to the field. Great chance to jump in and learn.

    Cons

    They work you like crazy. 50 hr weeks are not uncommon. You'll work weekends. Working 7 straight days also not uncommon. Your weekend will change constantly, so don't make plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least act like you care about the people who work for you, or maybe they won't leave so frequently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company stuck in a losing industry

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

    I have been working at Tribune Company full-time

    Pros

    Sharpened decision-making skills and sense of urgency. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Company in a declining industry with an extreme focus on cost-cutting. No raises in the last 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more information with all levels of management. Disingenuous to spin how well we're doing one day and lay off employees the next. Good ideas are not only found at Senior Management level. Entry and Mid-level managers who are closer to the day to day activity could provide insight on how best to reorganize or trim operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but could be way better

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

    I have been working at Tribune Company

    Pros

    Prestigious, great national identity. Fun perks.

    Cons

    Promotions are damn near impossible without leaving the company. Bonuses or anything merit related is a pipe dream. You can stay forever as long as you turn in mediocre work all the time. Way too much management to get anything actually done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being risk-averse because you're afraid of rocking the boat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Support in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technology Support in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with team work.
    great balance work / life
    Standard benefits of a big company.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity to move up.
    Because of consolidation of departments.
    little if any training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to open opportunities to advance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Jury is still out

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

    I have been working at Tribune Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large well-intentioned company.

    Cons

    Company recently acquired many new tv stations and it seems that they are still trying to figure it all out. Thus far there hasn't been anything new and positive brought to the table.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once great beacon now struggling

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

    I have been working at Tribune Company full-time

    Pros

    great people and challenge selling products

    Cons

    Tarnished reputation, no growth, outdated take on technology. Things are not done strategically.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Went from great company to sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    -Challenging work
    -Good colleagues
    - Very good benefits
    - Good location
    - Nice offices

    Cons

    - No training or development
    - Stagnant salary
    - Bankruptcy caused massive layoffs, staff changes and increased workload
    - Low morale
    - Company is slow to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You say you want to have an open policy and be transparent, but the overall vision for the company is one big secret and it's just a wait and see game for what's going to happen next. Treat employees with respect, develop their careers so it's a win-win situation and reward their hard work with competitive salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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