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Hard times in the newspaper industry

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

I worked at A. H. Belo

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The company pays very well for a nice combination of work life balance. They truly do want people to have time outside of work to live their life. The company has a number of great opportunites for sales people as they are the life blood of the company. I do truly believe that the management wants to bring the newspaper into the future, and they have a lot of pride in the company's history, particularly in Dallas.

Cons

There is a very strong "A team" mentality. You'll see the same people in meetings all the time, talking about the same things. There's very little acceptance of dissenting opinion, even if it is factual data from an objective third party. In fact, frequently the data will be refuted because it doesn't match someone's "gut." Of course there's also the cloud that's hanging over the entire industry that doesn't help with a "can do" attitude. There's also this strong tendency to become enamored with the latest idea, but never put any resources behind it. The work is put in on the front end, but the product will be left to die on the vine after launch. Realisically its a company that's run by a controlling family with almost complete authority.

Advice to Management

Encourage constructive criticism. The best ideas are tested in fire, not by sycophants. Realistic expectations go along way. Look out for people that consistenly over promise and under deliver and reward the reverse.

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    Not for everyone

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A. H. Belo

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good.
    Nice, friendly place to work.
    Understanding of situations that come up outside of work.
    Flexible with requesting time off.

    Cons

    Was sold on a job that turned out NOT to be the case.
    Not much room for advancement or growth.
    Expectations are high relative to the training (or lack there of)
    Managment does not appear as knowledgable as he/she should

    Advice to Management

    Be sensitive and accepting of the criticism given by your subordinates and actually listen to what they have to say. Besides, the better job they do, the better you look as management.


  2. Interesting environment where I learned a lot.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A. H. Belo

    Pros

    I felt accepted by upper management.

    Cons

    Lack of personality within my team


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