Detroit Media Partnership Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. Great fun people for the most part. Some incompetent bad Managers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Detroit Media Partnership full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and fun coworkers

    Cons

    Declining circulation due to internet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wear the same shoes to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Decimating Detroit's Newspapers

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Detroit Media Partnership full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back office atmosphere.
    Great location in Downtown Detroit (Unless they ask you to work at the Sterling Heights Office)
    Great place to learn what not to do in business/life.

    Cons

    You'll have more managers then a character in 'Office Space'.
    No career advancement, make sure you like your starting salary.
    You'll never be aware of a project until the 11th hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's very simple, just start listening to your employees. Seriously, they CANNOT make your company worse then you have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. One of the most important companies in Michigan, no progress for 10 years

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Detroit Media Partnership full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a well established organization with many good people still working there and it feels like a family working in the lower ranks. An expert with unique skills who does not rock the boat can work there for many years.
    Relaxing office atmosphere in most departments, some management is willing to have flexible work schedule.
    Company is owned by a large corporate parents and is a great place to learn what not to do in management if you are looking to hone supervisory skills by osmosis.
    Company is trying very hard to be innovative.

    Cons

    Lack of competent leadership in technology and advertising fields.
    Cronyism on the top levels of management.
    Not competitive compensation for high tech jobs. Very limited growth opportunities for people who work hard, new responsibilities are assigned as more people are leaving. Big media company with small IT and Newmedia departments makes it harder to get job done right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the exit interviews, ignore the rants, venting and learn how to extract useful information from what people are saying.
    Evaluate why so many talented people are leaving.
    You still have right people for the job who are in all the wrong places; find them.
    Stop chasing irrelevant competition and SEO rankings, instead, concentrate on serving and doing professional job for your customer by refusing to make bad looking ads.
    Stop changing your identity every year, marketing company has to master marketing themselves first.
    CEO and some VPs should hold their breath and collect their paycheck or consider to step down in order for the company to move forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Hard print is on the way out.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Detroit Media Partnership full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Little management oversight. If you knew your job, no one would bother you. You were given responsibility for your own actions.

    Cons

    New management will not except their own failures and will force the problem down to the people below them. Management informed employees that their jobs will only last two more years. Work was doubled and lunch and breaks were abolished. Will not let employees suggest any ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allowing employees to explain how any new changes are effecting performance and customer relations. Also management should solve problems not create them. If you would become more pro-active and not re-active, the company will run better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. I learned alot about responsibilty, you work independently.

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - District Manager in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Detroit Media Partnership full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good immediate working enviroment. Enjoyed working daily routes with the people

    Cons

    Upper management communication really lacked,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include all your workers when making decisiions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good Work Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Detroit Media Partnership

    Pros

    Good Benefits for the Most Part. Stay focused and you can make money in sales. You change jobs every 6 month if you want and this is a huge plus and why i have worked here as long as i have.

    Cons

    Success in sales is based on who who you work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people to do their job. Micromanagement isn't needed, unless someone is not performing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good Pay - Horrible Environment!!

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    Former Employee - Advertising Account Executive in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Executive in Sterling Heights, MI

    I worked at Detroit Media Partnership full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers who try to stay positive despite all the craziness of middle management. Decent base salary.

    Cons

    Company changed from family oriented environment to management by threats. Instead of motivating advertising sales staff with incentives, they use micro management and pink slip threats. I worked here for over 10 years and was very sad to see the culture change so drastically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your sales force with kindness and respect. Hire and value mid level managers who actually know how to sell (not text book sales managers). Teach them how to train and motivate a sales force, not achieve goals by creating unhealthy environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Disparity

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    Current Employee - District Representative in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - District Representative in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Detroit Media Partnership full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As long as your in the circulation department the pay is pretty decent.

    Cons

    Overworked, unappreciated, and untrustworthy -- that's it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When there is no trust in management, the morale of your employees suffers as does the type of work s/he is willing to give to your customers and business goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great place to have a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling Heights, MI

    I have been working at Detroit Media Partnership full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company has always been very flexible

    Cons

    Having to drive to Detroit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. The stifling and non-progressive environment of this company led to my disappointment and departure.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Detroit Media Partnership full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some talented individuals who work here that were a pleasure to get to know.

    Cons

    Poor communication and lack of teamwork between employees/departments was frustrating as was the lack of planning and expertise of so many people in leadership positions, especially Marketing department staff. Undeserving promotions of people to management positions was disappointing.Technology, systems and programs are behind the times. Un-flexibility with regard to working hours/setting was hypocritical especially when bosses are free to flex their hours and work from home. Morale and appreciation is severely lacking. Downsizing announcement came to us via email from the CEO with no individual follow-up/explanation from our own supervisor/boss. Secretive-ness is the name of the game here. There are numerous SOP's/procedures but these are rarely, if ever, enforced. No raises have been offered here in more than 5 years. Older employees forced out and younger, cheaper salary replacements hired. Minimal cross-training and educational opportunities. Gannett is continuing to downsize properties across the US and regionalize work ... sending it to 24/7 centers that operate in the midwest. This is a stuck-in-the-stone ages kind of company that looks to keep plummeting further until its ultimate demise. Steer clear of this place!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Much advice has been given already ...it falls on deaf ears. Train, support, encourage and appreciate your employees. Top talent will continue to leave until you create a more progressive workplace that is open, flexible, supportive, empowering and forward-looking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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