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A. H. Belo Chairman, President, and CEO Robert W. Decherd
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Bad upper management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    Good work / life balance. There isn't a 9-5 mentality. Dress is casual and there are occasional employee benefits events such as company lunch or HR handing out free popcorn.

    Cons

    Bad management at the upper most levels. Decisions are bottle necked by top management who feel they have to approve every decision. Top management often asks company to work with third party vendors who are run by close friends and former co-workers. Entrenched pockets of old media people in charge of technology decisions they have no experience with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a culture of innovation. You have smart people working for you but they are not allowed to innovate and improve. Adopt something similar to Google's 20% time. Print newspapers may not be dead but we can agree that they are dying. As such, it's only prudent to begin to make the funeral arrangements. Start planning a post print strategy now and move in that direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Sinking Ship

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Time off as needed. Flexible schedule. Decent pay/benefits. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Decisions on software products have been made by people outside IT department, which led to terrible large-scale purchases. Old technology/l lots of Perl/PHP scripts that only a very few people have a clue about. Very old/clunky/inefficient/unreliable home-grown systems. Developers are expected to support this old software. Very few (none?) new projects using current technologies. Newspaper industry's immanent demise has been accelerated by the recession causing thousands of layoffs, followed by pay cuts across the board and cut-backs on some benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management. Unfortunately this field is required.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Hard times in the newspaper industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    The company pays very well for a nice combination of work life balance. They truly do want people to have time outside of work to live their life. The company has a number of great opportunites for sales people as they are the life blood of the company. I do truly believe that the management wants to bring the newspaper into the future, and they have a lot of pride in the company's history, particularly in Dallas.

    Cons

    There is a very strong "A team" mentality. You'll see the same people in meetings all the time, talking about the same things. There's very little acceptance of dissenting opinion, even if it is factual data from an objective third party. In fact, frequently the data will be refuted because it doesn't match someone's "gut." Of course there's also the cloud that's hanging over the entire industry that doesn't help with a "can do" attitude. There's also this strong tendency to become enamored with the latest idea, but never put any resources behind it. The work is put in on the front end, but the product will be left to die on the vine after launch. Realisically its a company that's run by a controlling family with almost complete authority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage constructive criticism. The best ideas are tested in fire, not by sycophants. Realistic expectations go along way. Look out for people that consistenly over promise and under deliver and reward the reverse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Interesting environment where I learned a lot.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    I felt accepted by upper management.

    Cons

    Lack of personality within my team

  6. A good place to work, that happens to be in a dieing industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at A. H. Belo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of dedicated people with good work ethics. A close knit team that works well together. The management is easy to work for, and stands behind the employees.

    Cons

    The industry is dieing and the company is having trouble reinventing it's self. While they are trying several new approaches to move into the digital realm, the company as a whole is not moving fast enough to stay afloat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only way this company will stay in business will be to figure out how to market the trust and knowledge it has sold over the years to the new digital customer. Simply charging for the same content online will not work. You must market your value in the digital realm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good, but challenging econmic times in newspaper industtry

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    good benefits, working enviornment, co-workers are competent and diligent.

    Cons

    dying industry, tough economic times for any newspaper

    No opinion of CEO
  8. Like the next generation of The Dallas Morning News, my time here is a work in progress.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    Some of the best journalists in the country work at The Dallas Morning News, and they continue to produce great work despite all the Internet noise that passes for news out there.
    Senior leadership cares deeply about Dallas and surrounding communities.
    Willingness to experiment in order to engage audiences and create a sustainable business model.

    Cons

    In effort to create new models, sometimes forgets core competencies.
    "Cutback culture" is hard to overcome, especially in light of constant initiatives that don't seem to be managed or measured.
    Overall gloomy outlook for and perception of newspaper industry is a constant pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify and do a better job of grooming younger staffers into leadership positions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. AH Belo Review

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    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Front End Developer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    Good benefits. Large company, if that's your thing.

    Cons

    Outdated usage of web technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ designers and developers to lead designers and developers.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    WAS a good place to work. Bad management direction making a bad situation worse

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    Former Employee - Ad Builder in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Ad Builder in Dallas, TX

    I worked at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    Very fair in pay. Much diversity in the workplace.

    Cons

    Top management heavy. Politics plays a roll in deciding layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis on journalism. Quit Kowtowing to advertisers

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. OK part-time job

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    Current Employee - Distribution Center Coordinator
    Current Employee - Distribution Center Coordinator

    I have been working at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    The pay is not bad. The hours are late at night and early in the morning. This is a great part-time job for folks who have full-time jobs during the day, because the schedule does not conflict with most other jobs. The work can be somewhat physical, but does not require a lot of physical strength. Compared to the pay of most part-time jobs with similar responsiblities and job functions, this one pays well. The biggest reason for this is probably due to the schedule which is typically between 11 pm and 6 am. All that is require to do this job is to be able to work in early morning hours and to have some basic organizational skills, people skills and some limited computer skills.

    Cons

    Newspapers everywhere are struggling and a h belo is no exception. The opportunity for advancement is somewhat limited, but what can you expect from a Newspaper. The company had a voluntary severance plan that reduced the full-time employees by about 500. So it is easy to understand why moving up is somewhat limited. It is sometimes difficult to maintain a full-time job and this job. It is not easy to get up in the middle of the night to go to work, especially after having worked a full eight hours somewhere else. One should take this job with the expectation that this will be decent part-time job with decent pay, not with the expectation that you will be promoted into management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The DC's are somewhat understaffed with all the changes that have taken place. If you have more layoffs be careful about cutting back staff in the DC's. The staff is already probably not enough to handle the workload.

    No opinion of CEO

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