A. H. Belo

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A. H. Belo Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
13 Reviews
3.0
13 Reviews
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A. H. Belo Chairman, President, and CEO Robert W. Decherd
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  1.  

    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

  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Innovative compared to its peers

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    Strong passion for the company to succeed at most levels of the company

    Cons

    Leadership tends to make reactive decisions and sometimes have unrealistic expectations on execution and results

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good, but challenging econmic times in newspaper industtry

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Like the next generation of The Dallas Morning News, my time here is a work in progress.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for everyone

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

    I have been working at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good.
    Nice, friendly place to work.
    Understanding of situations that come up outside of work.
    Flexible with requesting time off.

    Cons

    Was sold on a job that turned out NOT to be the case.
    Not much room for advancement or growth.
    Expectations are high relative to the training (or lack there of)
    Managment does not appear as knowledgable as he/she should

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sensitive and accepting of the criticism given by your subordinates and actually listen to what they have to say. Besides, the better job they do, the better you look as management.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad upper management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  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.  

    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

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