Calkins Media Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doylestown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doylestown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calkins Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good stable company and they value their employees. They are moving more and more to digital and video products to compliment their print offerings. Good interaction with management.

    Cons

    Compensation tends to be on low side.


  2. Good company, dying industry

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The owners do seem to genuinely care about their employees and how decisions will affect them. Close knit environment. Many people have been there for years.

    Cons

    At least in the sales department, the job was never done. Very stressful, especially in terms of trying to make revenue goals. Not sure how long the print side will last.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to thrive in a digital world


  3. No future

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Multimedia Account Executive in Willingboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Multimedia Account Executive in Willingboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Calkins Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most employees are long-time newspaper people and are devoted to the success of this media.

    Cons

    Management insensitive to employee needs and does not encourage or listen to their input when, especially in the case of salespeople, they should really pay attention to the suggestions/feedback being offered by the "feet on the street."

    Advice to Management

    Take a look around at the hard workers and reward accordingly. Look at the numbers and do something about the slackers who choose not to grow their established territories because no one is pressuring them to do so.


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  5. Retail Advertising Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Multimedia Account Executive in Levittown, PA
    Current Employee - Multimedia Account Executive in Levittown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Calkins Media full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Longevity, family owned, involved with the community

    Cons

    Management training, declining salaries, very little opportunity for advancement


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sales Representative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Calkins Media (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is hard to find anything positive to say about this company.

    Cons

    Unprofessional, upper management has no idea what is going on in the company. Getting things done is frustrating due to constant changes in procedures & needless extra steps. Commission plan is next to nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. They are all looking for the door.


  7. Good People, Good Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management & Great Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    End of months get stressful trying to hit sales goals


  8. Helpful (2)

    Lots of independence and flexibility allows employees to work to their full potential.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Calkins Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a company that allows you to have a great amount of independence. I feel that this independence allows me to work to my greatest potential.

    Cons

    I feel like the full potential of growth for the company could be reached if all staff would work together and realize that even though we are in different departments we all should have the same goals and should always try our best to work together to achieve the goals of the company. I feel the over all goal is to bring our community the news and information they need while always considering that we must maintain profitability in order to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Asking for employee input (especially from the sales and the news departments) before new initiatives are decided upon by management would help the company choose to adopt initiatives that make sense for the individual market.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Communication company horrible in communication

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Calkins Media full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    When your shift is over

    Cons

    No room for personal growth. No raise in 10 years. Bosses manually changing timecards and fixing hours for employees who don't work their full-time hours. Too many employees not doing their work and others having too much work to pick up the slack. Horrible morale!

    Advice to Management

    Consider having other managers from other departments manage timecards, too many fixing of hours for friends. Look at the workload of the employees, when someone leaves, rehire to fill the void. Too many overworked and angry employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    HORRIBLE experience. RUN AWAY from this company!!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The offer employment to select people/personalities. The meek & the mild, essentially.

    Cons

    Absolute worst of the worst places I have worked. A psudo news, politically correct media outlet. Atmosphere is negative, degrading, and repressed. Office culture is different rules for different people, and special rules for the chosen boot-lickers. Professionals have NO place here. Ever changing negative dynamics. No follow-thru. This is where creativity goes to die. Minimal pay for expected maximum effort. NO pay raises. NO room to grow. 10% pay cut. Inferior benefits for a superior premium price. Pet projects reign supreme. Meat & Potato money generating newsroom consistently gets the shaft. RIDICULOUSNESS. MISMANAGEMENT. The company is quite obviously sinking. RUN AWAY FROM THIS HOUSE OF INCOMPETENCE!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Re-think your managers. Utilize stealth and track your overstaffed, under-performing night U-Desk. The manager manages thru fear and passive-aggression, takes some of the staff to the bar (Buffalo Wild Wings) on most Friday nights on company time, and chooses her pet boot-lickers. Disgusting abuse of power. This is ONE example why this company will NEVER excel. INCOMPETENCE!!!


  11. Growing stages

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Calkins Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance mostly. As long as you are making budget goals, the job is enjoyable. Company is constantly investing in new resources.

    Cons

    Can be stressful during a down economy

    Advice to Management

    More communication between departments, especially from upper management



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