Dolan Media Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. I had a great experience while working at Dolan Media.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dolan Media

    Pros

    I was an Advertising Director and I loved that the company would allow you to come up with new products and events to gain revenue.

    Cons

    Towards the end of my working here they changed the comp plan to try and "cap" earning potential. They now have new ownership so things may have changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay pro sales.

  2. Confused, chaotic place to work. Editors changed their minds. literally, on a daily basis about what they wanted.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolan Media

    Pros

    Interesting business sector to cover. The company is committed to good journalism, but frequently changes it's mind in how to get there.

    Cons

    Tough business right now. Dolan filed for bankruptcy reorganization in February 2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you want, develop and plan and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. No direction, focus

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    Current Employee - Reporter
    Current Employee - Reporter

    I have been working at Dolan Media full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits considering the industry. Had a direct manager who was supportive and very interested in editorial development.

    Cons

    New management appears to be very anti-editorial. It's a media company but there is a continuing problem of understaffing, declining circulation, etc., and management's solution seems to be focusing on advertising.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management really needs to boost morale companywide.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Horrid Job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I can't think of one pro

    Cons

    They thought leadership consisted of intimidation and bullying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take culture training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Uncomfortable work environment @ Dolan Media Company Minneapolis MN

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Dolan Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Got experience and a couple contacts to network with

    Cons

    Uncomfortable work environment. HR was shady and there seemed to be a lot of office drama pushing people out. I'm glad I got out when i did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to seriously look at leadership and setup of company. I got notice of company filing bankruptcy so maybe no longer in existence. ..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Been great but lots of turnover

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    Current Employee - Executive in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Executive in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Dolan Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun place to work, great co-workers.

    Cons

    Too much change at the corporate level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some stability and keep things simple

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Overworked, underpaid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dolan Media full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, funny co-workers. Opportunity to work on a lot of different projects and build skills.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting priorities. Constant firings. Ambitious projects without staff to accomplish them. Poor pay. Leadership out of touch with employees and the demands they face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop implying to employees that they're just lucky to have a job. You have to do better than that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. This company was a great place to work, the management was very supportive and ethical.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great team with which to work, my contributions were always appreciated. Regular pay raises and the CEO was a pleasure to work for, promoting a progressive, forward-thinking company. Offered 401K, good health benefits, vacation - didn't get bent out of shape when emergencies meant you had to take time off. When Hurricane Katrina struck our New Orleans operation, the CEO made sure all of the employees were safe, relocated them to other units of the company, and paid them throughout the interim - then put them back to work! Same thing happened during Hurricane Sandy and the Moore, OK, tornado. He really cares about his people, says they are like family.

    Cons

    Very much a work-oriented environment, not much time to play around! Advancement wasn't very apparent, small company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    A nightmare of dysfunction

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dolan Media

    Pros

    Substantive issues covered, deal with mostly intelligent sources, some fine co-workers and product still retains fairly positive reputation in local legal community.

    Cons

    Upper level management spend days worrying about their bonuses and kissing up to their superiors. Still clinging to rigid, outmoded ideas about news business. Stunning amount of turnover in editorial staff every year because management does not respect or value employees. Pay well below what you need to live in the Eastern Mass. area and for the skills you need in order to do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. Extremely reactive company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dolan Media

    Pros

    The company changes often and that can create room for growth

    Cons

    Since the company is always adjusting to client needs lower employees can sometimes not know what is going one. The constant adjustment does impact home life since deadlines are usually very short.
    Ongoing financial issue can pose a problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open communication with the base level employees need to be improved to keep moral up.

    Negative Outlook

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