29% of the CEO
Pros – Flexible hours. Good benefits. Intelligent management.
Cons – Bankruptcy. No promotions in department in 7 yrs. No annual raises in 4 yrs. Constant cost cutting.
Advice to Senior Management – The state of the print industry is what it is. I can't imagine it being a field of pursuit for anyone other than writers. The leadership works hard and is very intelligent. Their hands are tied. It isn't working anywhere in America.
Pros – Very excellent place to work for. The personnel there are wonderful and helpful.
Cons – The newspaper business is dying and unfortunately they are laying off people right and left.
Advice to Senior Management – Compensation is great. Benefits are typical. HR people don't know what they are doing.
Pros – Great team spirit. Great people to work with.
Cons – Advertising sales is declining and they are laying off people.
Pros – Can't think of any.
Cons – Place is a disaster.
Advice to Senior Management – Management has little control. Corporate taking over and micromanaging.
Pros – Flexible schedule, uncapped commissions, many different publications and ad options to sell.
Cons – Very inconsistent. Some employees were paid salary, others commission only. Prices were never consistent.
Training was classroom training only, no hands on training in the field.
Sales reps stepping on each other's toes.
Advice to Senior Management – Provide hands on training, and train on how to price out packages.
Pros – My co-workers were some of the most brilliant, creative and talented people I've ever known. It was a priviledge to work with them.
Cons – The Tribune purchase started things going downhill. Then the full force of the Internet hit, killing ad revenue, which got worse after the financial crisis and Sam Zell. The lack of resources, both human and otherwise, has put a strain on the survivors and degraded the product.
Advice to Senior Management – Sell to a local buyer before you do any more damage.
Pros – For a small town, old school newspaper, the pay is pretty good and the people are nice.
Cons – It's a small town, old school newspaper.
Advice to Senior Management – No advice.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Fun place to work, the pulse of Baltimore; Offered employee incentives, perks: it's an established name in Baltimore
Cons – Unstable, low pay/commissions, manager was difficult to find sometimes and unprofessional, lacked guidance, prices to high for market/economy/state of the newspaper/magazine industry
Advice to Senior Management – Nurture who you have, and invest in them!! Offer competitive salaries/commissions with ATTAINABLE goals
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – You can make lasting friendships. Some have even met his/her spouse there. Generally good, hard working people find their way to the Sun.
Cons – Vision and future of company and newspaper industry, digital included, is uncertain. This translates to lack of opportunity for those who really want to grow skill sets and advance. You can get good experience there, cut your teeth so to speak but then you'll need to leave. Leave for better pay, pay that let's you move out of your parent's house, and more opportunity. My general opinion is you have a job at BSMG not a career.
Advice to Senior Management – Be more transparent. If never hurts no matter how much you are afraid it will.
Pros – Every day is different and I get to work with lots of fun and interesting people and businesses. Lot's of freedom, as long as I am doing my job, sales managers leave me alone- yet they are available if I need assistance with a problem or a client. Lots of great products to offer customers- products work well and are easy to get passionate about. The new director of retail advertising is great- knows what she is doing and is very motivating and fair. overall pay is good- base salary is a little low ($30's) but commissions are good and I have had some very good months- no cap on commissions. 1st few years made in the $60's now make $85,000 plus.
Cons – Parts of our business are in decline (newspaper) and while we do have a lot of other options to offer our advertisers- You hear it every day "nobody reads the newspaper"... which is far from true- but it's he number one objection. company needs to move more quickly to repackage products to changing times. Training needs to be more focused on actual field experiences- not just reviewing products and who is the best audience for them.
Advice to Senior Management – Get out and meet with customers more. Simplify, simplify, simplify/combine (order process/ communication/marketing). We have so much- it gets overwhelming to sales people and customers. Do some reputation mgmt and promote our brand- geez, we sell that service to our customers- the reviews on this site are obviously people we let go . It is not perfect- but I am happy and would recommend to my friends to work here.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
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