Austin American-Statesman

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Austin American-Statesman Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Once a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Austin American-Statesman full-time

    Pros

    When operating independent of cox media, this was a great place to work. great environment. Everyone worked to get the paper out on time. Always felt welcome and safe. lots of friendly and unique people.

    Cons

    corporate has ruined the Austin way that was so successful. The reduction of staff and corporate management have taken over. management worked hard to eliminate the need for layoffs and had this company profitable. Now it's sinking like most newspapers in the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate should have adapted some of the Austin practices, not the other way around. Austin had a deeper reach into the community and outperformed the Atlanta Journal. Yet you made Austin in your image. Workers are not as happy as they once were.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    PC Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PC Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - PC Technician in Austin, TX

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-Workers are exceptional, hardworking and want to make a difference. Work atmosphere is fast paced but has some slow times.

    Cons

    At one time, being part of the Cox family was a sought after opportunity. However, Cox recently attempted to sell the paper and the company has not recovered from the shock. Morale is low, layoffs are happening daily and the job outlooks are dismal. Many people in all departments are jumping ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, if you want to retain talent, invest more in your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Dreadful and cowardly publisher and leadership.

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Austin American-Statesman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great location, great editor

    Cons

    Promising talent look elsewhere. Unfortunately, publisher Susie Ellwood adopts a "fast follower" attitude which is not leadership. Too many resources on a non-functioning app. She is disconnected and hapless. Read the reviews and the message is clear. If you work here, you are not listened to and easily dismissed. We have watched too many talented people go whisked away. Please steer clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please remember what makes Austin great. Listen to honest criticism and don't mistake vanity for leadership. We see the emperor has no clothes Please get rid off this embarrassing 360 app. Please trust us as we once trusted you. Marketing is uninspired and fearful. Too many backroom meetings do not make us less fearful of our jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company, solid benefits but little opportunity for growth without moving cities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people here are great. Location is fantastic and the benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Seems ceiling is low. Few promotions from within, especially for top roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is the media world, don't take yourself so seriously!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    As newspapers go, it's a great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman

    Pros

    Good, passionate people who really care about quality journalism.

    Cons

    Money. Like any newspaper, doesn't pay great.

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    Leadership team is heading in the wrong direction

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

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, easy access to downtown, a lot of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations at the employee's expenses. Non-fulfillment of promises made and no regard for employees and their well-being.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cox Media needs to get heavily involved in what is going on at the Statesman. The Statesman produces a fantastic product, unfortunately, it's being tarnished by upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Small print meda company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small organization with very experienced employees.

    Cons

    Lots of changes occurring due to decrease in print media.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A great place to work! Great work culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman

    Pros

    Great work culture. Learned allot. Extensive training. Great athmosphere and very
    employee friendly.

    Cons

    Salaries for administrative staff not as competitive.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Less than gratifying.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman

    Pros

    I met some great friends there.
    The benefits were pretty good.

    Cons

    Management doesn't treat everyone fairly.
    Goals are set differently for each person and when you do make your goal, they set them so much higher the next time that it is usually impossible to reach it.
    They hire incompetent managers and it takes them a long time to figure it out and to make changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring incompetent managers.
    Listen to your employees because they are the ones who are in touch with the customers directly and know what the customers are saying about the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company to Work For

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Austin American-Statesman

    Pros

    Company really values employees. Very innovative and willing to try out risk new technologies. Fast paced, always changing and exciting place to work. Great, knowledgeable and passionate management from mid to top. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Not a development / engineering business, obviously. So, limited paths of advancement for tech guys like myself. Although, if you have pure business management, photography, or journalism aspirations there's more options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I had advice to management I would address it to them, not post it on a website. This question is whack!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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