Austin American-Statesman

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Austin American-Statesman Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
13 Reviews
3.2
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Sales

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

    I have been working at Austin American-Statesman

    Pros

    great company culture, work live balance is great

    Cons

    lean teams, you wear a lot of hats

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not worth your time and effort. Had 10 managers, 3 VPs, and 3 Publishers in 2 1/2 years.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Digital Account Executive in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    There are some great people that have been there for a very long time, particularly the coordinators.
    Good benefits and a great location downtown.

    Cons

    Extreme turnover. Management hired and fired over 30 people in 2 years. Very few quality leaders, constant changes from upper management. Managers with little to no experience, who pick favorites for no apparent reason.
    Very little tech support on account of high turnover. Change commission structure constantly, 3 times in 2 years.
    Everybody has different vision, and everyone is pulling in a different direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your quality people better, you've let too many leave. Learn the foundation of your job, and quit being afraid to get your hands dirty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    PC Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman as a contractor (less than a 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
  10.  

    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 a year)

    Pros

    Small organization with very experienced employees.

    Cons

    Lots of changes occurring due to decrease in print media.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work! Great work culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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