Austin American-Statesman Reviews

Updated August 2, 2015
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  1. delivery compliance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman part-time

    Pros

    good pay for part time work, wonderful company, supervisors, and location. would have stayed if this portion of the company had stayed in Austin

    Cons

    company moved all routing to Atalanta to fall inline with Cox media practices. only part time offered, only 2 full time positions available.

    Advice to Management

    Everything was out of their control so, so really nothing they could do for us on the end of our positions. really enjoyed all of their advice


  2. Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Grate Place. Great People. Stable, with good managers. Good reputable advertising products that fit different markets, needs and budgets.

    Cons

    Don't have any, but you have to show up and work hard to meet your number.


  3. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Paid well, co-workers are great!!!

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs, dying media.


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  5. Helpful (2)

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

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    Former Employee - Digital Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Digital Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  6. The Statesman needs help

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    Current Employee - Digital Advertising in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Digital Advertising in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    plenty of free time, 8:30am-5:30pm schedule, paid holidays, decent insurance, good location, no micro management

    Cons

    very low pay, unorganized team structure, poor leadership, training is almost non existent, many employees are treated with disrespect on a daily basis, management is out of touch, culture is extremely laid back and unprofessional

    Advice to Management

    Step it up. A formal training program needs to be put into place asap for entire sales staff. The support team is treated poorly and receives unfair wages. The support team was told if they wanted higher wages they should become more ambitious and work towards becoming sales reps. Just because we are in a support role does not mean we lack ambition.


  7. Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company culture, work live balance is great

    Cons

    lean teams, you wear a lot of hats


  8. Once a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. PC Technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PC Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - PC Technician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Dreadful and cowardly publisher and leadership.

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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