Black Press Group

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Black Press Group Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stressful, unhealthy work conditions

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

    I worked at Black Press Group full-time

    Pros

    Good to gain experience if you are a student but consider all other options before applying there.

    Cons

    Unhealthy work conditions, high expectations for a low compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower your expectations, the workload is unbearable at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Consider the employer only if you want to be underpaid and underappreciated

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Reporter in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Black Press Group

    Pros

    It's a job. And that's about it, but I have to put in at least twenty words in this field, but honestly the only thing it has going for it is that it's a job.

    Cons

    Reporters are chronically underpaid. I have two degrees and twenty years experience, and they paid under $15/hour. In my time there (two years) I received a $0.15 raise. Apparently, that was the first raise in over five years. They do not pay a living wage.
    As a "new" employee with no seniority, I never had two consecutive days off for nearly my entire time with the company. The overtime I did put in (about two weeks) was never compensated, either in pay or in time.
    Management has an over-inflated sense of importance. They run their staff to the ground, with zero appreciation.
    Their Human Resources department does nothing to represent the concerns of their employees, so there is nowhere for employees to turn for assistance.
    Employees are often made redundant (even after mat leaves) and positions disappear, only to magically re-appear after a few months.
    The workplace is toxic.
    Honest-to-goodness, unless you are desperate for a job (which I was), don't work for them. And if you do, never stop looking for work elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Got to know some wonderful people, and some other more challenging personalities

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black Press Group

    Pros

    Good benefits; management doesn't hover; open to hearing new ideas; safety oriented. Some senior managers are personable and are mentor material.

    Cons

    Non-integrated HR may foster divisiveness among coworkers. Some senior managers seem to have a closed door policy and is felt among employees. Their presence among employees would truly have a positive impact on improving corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share your presence and leadership with all employees. Recognize long-term employee anniversaries - it is felt when you don't.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chews employees up and spits them out

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter

    I worked at Black Press Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers were great and supportive.

    Cons

    Impossible to get a raise despite being given increased responsibilities. Management doesn't care about their employees at all and you will always be looking over your shoulder waiting to be replaced by someone who will work for a lower salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that your employees are people and that they are worth taking care of. Cutting your budget to the bare bones and forcing employees to do multiple jobs for no extra compensation just leads to dissatisfaction and no loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees are considered to be the enemy. They just cost a lot and are expendable.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Comptroller in Abbotsford, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Comptroller in Abbotsford, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Black Press Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are no Pros. for this company!

    Cons

    No job security. Poor pay. Employees not valued as important, just a necessary component.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like human beings with some respect!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Newspaper reporting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporter in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Reporter in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Black Press Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Work is interesting, varied, multi-faceted.
    - Great place to expand skills into different forms of media (photography, video, online)

    Cons

    - Longevity of newspapers is tentative at best
    - Pay is horrible.
    - Lack of full-circle thinking (readership and writing left out of the funding equation)
    - Far too many grey heads making decisions in the new-age multimedia world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The paradigm is shifting. People are better informed than ever. Which speaks to the need for a news medium. Hyper-local is one solution. Multi-media is another. Talent is another. Thinking outside of the box has become more critical than ever, and if "newspapers" are going to survive, they must be a part of the shifting paradigm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Newspapers not a growth industry

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black Press Group

    Pros

    Co-workers are for most part friendly.

    Cons

    Newspapers not exactly a growth industry.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Dependable Employer. You work very hard!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Creative in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Black Press Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very Dependable Employer for long term

    Cons

    YOU WORK VERY HARD.
    Days off are not available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give unpaid days off to Care for Very Ill Family members

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, not the best work atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black Press Group part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people- loved everyone I worked with
    Decent compensation for those who can get a permanent job

    Cons

    Constant pressure to produce more in less time
    Many employees don't keep up with current technology, leaving many tasks to the younger set
    No salary increase for temps or on-call, no matter how long they've been working there
    Don't listen if they tell you "hang around and there will be a permanent position for you". Lots of people get promised that; very few get jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that when a job is high pressure and deadline oriented, you need to treat your employees well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bottom line of operations more important than HR

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Black Press Group

    Pros

    Privately held company
    Great Benefits
    Great co-workers

    Cons

    To lean on HR side
    Expectations do not match compensation
    Unappreciative upper managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO expectations to high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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