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Cox Newspapers Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
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  1.  

    Was great palace until corporate bean counters took over. the austin american statesman was nice

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at Cox Newspapers full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great friendly atmosphere. local management were creative and ambitious. increasing revenue and decreasing cost to stave off layoffs.

    Cons

    Corporate ruined it. less imaginative, less family friendly, and less productive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since the salesman was the best performing paper. maybe you should have modeled corporate like it rather than the other way around.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Diverse work place

    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cox Newspapers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a multiple oportunities to learn different skills. Great Benifits. Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    There was no clear path for advancement. Office culture changed too frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a more active role in employees career development

  3.  

    Ehhh...Okay I guess

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Cox Newspapers

    Pros

    Good benefits, not much overtime

    Cons

    No chance for advancement, cliques were not only allowed but enabled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow some personality within this business...HR needs to be consistent with everyone and stop encouraging cliques and employee bullying.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    A good company with poorly skilled senior management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Cox Newspapers

    Pros

    A good company with great history

    Cons

    Senior management more of clock punchers than leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop and think before making decision that affects your employees’ life

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but getting out of newspaper business

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer/Editor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Designer/Editor in Austin, TX

    I worked at Cox Newspapers

    Pros

    Benefits are great, company is good about training and support for employees. Generally kind management, at least at this location. However, see below...

    Cons

    It's a horrible time to be in the newspaper business, and Cox knows it. Cox is selling (or trying to sell) several newspapers, and the flagship paper in Atlanta is losing money fast. So there's not much hiring going on, and some fear that management will resort to layoffs (there have already been some voluntary buyouts). And even if you get hired at a Cox paper, you might get sold to someone else who could clean house to increase profitability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let all your good people leave.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Newspaper company. Just remember it's in the newspaper business.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cox Newspapers

    Pros

    Cox cares about its employees to the last man. In a time when newspapers are laying off people like a dog shakes water off its fur, Cox has been extremely generous in its severance packages and in its forewarning of layoffs. Salaries are generally competitive, the benefits are on par, and the work environment (generally speaking--the AJC can be a nightmare and is the exception to this rule) is extremely enjoyable.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is a dinosaur. If you take a job with a newspaper today, it had better be because you have a love for them. Job security is scarce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fighting the good fight, and keep treating employees as family.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Needs improvement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Cox Newspapers

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, no micromanaging, freedom

    Cons

    No rewards, little feedback and lack of consistency with offering performance raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give feedback, reward your employees, promote their strengths, encourage growth and advancement, tell people when you are going to be out of the office.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Challenges ahead, committed innovators should apply

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Little Person in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Little Person in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cox Newspapers

    Pros

    The company offers an individual a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the success and future of the division by proposing and instituting innovative concepts especially at this juncture of the industry. If you are a reliable self starter and demonstrate initiative the company will allow you to thrive if you are determined and tenacious.

    Cons

    Because of its fiscal conservative nature, the company is slow to implement. Although this is changing because of the industry climate and self-survival, historically there are has been a tendency for new ideas and innovative concepts to come from the top down and not inversely. This has resulted in consequences of missed opportunities and bad timing. Most new ideas that do not originate from top management must be validated by outside consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute a feedback system to harness the intellectual abilities of employees for new ideas and innovative concepts, set-up incentives for excellent work, innovation and results, closer communications between employees and senior management, promote fellowship within and between departments, streamline the approval and project management process to accelerate implementations.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Caution! Look both ways before crossing the street.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Talent Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cox Newspapers

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities with the internet and technology areas. It is a dying industry attempting to play in the internet community.

    Cons

    It is a dinosaur industry with matching management. Inbred leadership lack a lot of knowledge or strategic competence to implement new direction. They are short on innovation, execution, strategic leadership and vision. They miss opportunities hourly therefore anything new is a threat and they move very slow with outsiders. It is like teaching an elephant to dance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is essential that you put strategic leadership in place. Innovative thinking and competency should trump longevity and loyalty. You need a human capital strategist in place not a high level personnel director. Silo management is a limitation but silo thinking is a strategy blocker.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Did more than asked only to be laid off

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales

    I worked at Cox Newspapers

    Pros

    The benefits was more than satisfactory. The ability to make good money was there and I took advantage of this.

    Cons

    Communications between management and employees is seriously lacking. Also there was too many products to sell and clients became annoyed by this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. They are the face of the paper and when management makes bad decisions it reflects on the employees, not the managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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