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  1. Very happy

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    Current Employee - Newsroom in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Newsroom in State College, PA

    I have been working at Centre Daily Times full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Management encourages people with good ideas and initiative, promotes from within whenever possible. New editorial staff is changing the direction of focus to new media. Digital emphasis blooming with new publisher.

    Cons

    It is hard to be a locally focused company as part of a large national chain, especially in an industry like the media.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Anti-progress form of media

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in State College, PA

    I have been working at Centre Daily Times (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to gain some outdated media skills to start a business or go elsewhere. You'll learn exactly how not to work within a company and interact with employees and coworkers.

    Cons

    Print media is even more outdated than AOL IM. The pay is low and the corporate climate is cold at best. Bullying is used by management to "get results" for an outdated business model. Although I've said that one can gain valuable "skills" via the CDT, I wouldn't look to this place as a great stepping stone and it's likely you will leave on a sour note (everyone does).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard. It's possible that you'll be able to use your attained skills to snag an administrative position with a more progressive, media-forward company such as askjeeves or myspace.

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

    Mismanaged, declining revenue and readership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA

    I worked at Centre Daily Times full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience and learn new skills to take elsewhere, particularly since the newspaper staff has been cut over the past few years.

    Cons

    Badly managed organization with poor corporate oversight. Print business is on its way out, but digital products and competition are not being aggressively or realistically targeted. The entire organization is stuck in an outmoded and reactionary mentality. "Out of the box" problem solving is actively discouraged. The organization is afraid to take risks, despite rapidly losing revenue and readership with local competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace all remaining senior management that hasn't left for better opportunities. Managing declining revenue through layoffs and cutting budgets needs to be coupled with a serious effort to bring in new advertisers and increase readership. From the top down, there needs to be more diversity in motivational tactics, beyond yelling and bullying current employees, in order to have them perform to expectations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Good for entry level sales, limited on development and growth potential

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    Former Employee - Advertising Account Executive in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Executive in State College, PA

    I worked at Centre Daily Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good employee camaraderie, access to reasonable technology, McClatchy Interactive does provide updated training on digital media for Centre Daily Times and all its other properties

    Cons

    Limited commission potential for sales, reduced skeleton staff makes job harder to accomplish with its overload of assigned tasks, industry is not growing or redeveloping itself fast enough to stay stable in the face of changing media environments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To gain a better understanding of coaching and mentoring, along with better business practices. Lessen the "fear factor" approach of employee mentoring to dissolve the already existent toxic environment

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA

    I worked at Centre Daily Times

    Pros

    Great sales leaders, good vision, willingness to transition into 21st century. Great family atmosphere in the company. Excellent opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    poor pay. poor structure. needs more flexibility to qualify sales. Newspaper is date. Editorial lacks innovation. Very terrible website interface.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep moving forward. Take the right next steps to innovate. Don't be afraid to downplay the quality of the print.

    Recommends

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