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Dallas Morning News Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
47 Reviews
2.7
47 Reviews
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Dallas Morning News CEO & Publisher James M. Moroney III
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  1.  

    Great Company! Excellent training and growth opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Business Development in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Morning News full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent Training, Perks, Onsite Gym, Benefits

    Cons

    I found it extremely difficult to advance in my career past a certain point. Unfortunatey, I had to go outside of the company to continue on a growing Career Path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management was primarily Male with little opportunity for women. I would suggest diversifying the workforce all around. The management should be a reflection of your workforce and the community in which you serve.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a roller coaster ride of wonders and horrors.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Morning News full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Starting pay is higher than competitors. Benefits are adequate. There is opportunity for advancement under the right circumstances.

    Cons

    There is constant layoffs and upheaval. There is constant restructuring and reorganization. The actual benefit to the customer of your various portfolio of products can not be accurately measured if verified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of continual change of structure, personnel, managers and just below the too senior management, maybe the top person needs to let someone else try.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Stuck in the 20th century

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Editor in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Morning News part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours and work schedule
    Occasional free food
    Fun employees
    A new gym
    Downtown location with free parking

    Cons

    Often difficult to work with writers
    Bad journalistic values
    Terrible at understanding realities of digital media
    Website aesthetic is very out of date

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire older writers who have been there for decades and bring in new blood
    Adopt a more web-first mentality
    Most of all: Get out of newspapers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience, but very limited opportunity for advancement

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    Current Employee - Editor  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Editor in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Morning News full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Major media company, fast-paced environment, great co-workers (most of them), great benefits

    Cons

    Awkward hours, low salaries, and limited advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must come up with a better way to recognize young talent, develop it, and retain it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor Dishonest Leadership

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    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Consultant
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Consultant

    I have been working at Dallas Morning News full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work around. Training is great.

    Cons

    POOR Leadership, Inconsistent strategic messaging, want you to SELL everything regardless of client expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership (CRO, GM, and Managers) is extremely poor. They claim to be transparent but have known to fire people or entire divisions on a whim. They reward those who do not work hard and those that are trying to make a difference or on the outside or soon to be out. Churn is really bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dallas Morning News full-time

    Pros

    Riding the digital media wave. Taking the company in the right direction product offering wise. More and more partnerships with leading media companies.

    Cons

    Moral among sales force is low. So many new products to every month and management wants you to sell it yesterday.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Average

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dallas Morning News

    Pros

    Good Name in Dallas, well recognized

    Cons

    Management is disorganized and they have too many products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Atrocious workplace environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copy Editor  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Copy Editor in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Morning News full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Widely-recognized name, but company is coasting on reputation of twenty years ago.

    Cons

    No chance for advancement or raise. Keeping your job is about as good as you can expect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Legendary media company, but behind the times

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Production and Strategy  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Digital Production and Strategy in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Morning News full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -- Good benefits for the field
    -- News staff is passionate about journalism. Most of the journos are real pros.
    -- Situated right in downtown Dallas
    -- Having DMN on resume opens doors when you're ready to move on
    -- CEO is trying new things (new for a legacy newspaper company)
    -- Sense of pride working for 135-year-old legacy paper.
    -- Pretty good top-down communication.

    Cons

    -- Very behind the curve technologically (tools, practices)
    -- Upper management not interested in fostering changes in culture or practices
    -- A few too many staff members refusing (not just, they want to but don't have help or information, but won't) to get with the times are a drag on culture
    -- CEO willing to try new things, but that often becomes changing from one flavor of the month to the next, trying out what other media companies are already trying, with no real long-term vision or idea about why exactly we're trying said-new-thing. Difficult to see what flavors really fit into our overall scheme. A lot of time, energy wasted.
    -- Multiple layoffs and buyouts over the past several years but no good post-layoff/buyout strategy. The workers who stayed absorbed too much work that was left behind, decreasing career satisfaction/increasing stress. Many long-timers bitter, defensive and paranoid because of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When specialists are hired specifically to create new practices, find and vet new tools, and advise and strategize, realize that those practices and strategies must be enforced, not simply presented to staff as an option. Too many with "legacy" mindsets will simply opt to not, making it difficult for company culture to move forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Progressive Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dallas Morning News full-time

    Pros

    Management is probably the best thing going for this company.

    Cons

    The reps seem to have a sense of entitlement and management is slow to move on replacing them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace all the legacy reps and put a succession plan in place

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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