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I can't wait to get out of this place.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Good original investigative stories. Many improvements on managerial and technological training. Attempts to keep up with technology. Great recent web redesign. Good system set up to deal with breaking news. Good opportunities for advancement. Very flexible with training opportunities outside the organization. Good flexibility for work-life balance. Basic benefits like health insurance still exist. For some time, they had a wellness committee that seemed very focused on improving employees' lives.

Cons

Decreasing oversight of editing process, more reliance on wire services. I wouldn't be at all surprised if something like the KTVU Asiana pilot names happened on our websites. Not as much of a "it's better to be right than first" attitude as I would like to see. Despite training improvements, they are still lacking on some of the basics -- for example, not nearly enough training on ethical issues of photo use. Some editorials seem to be based on what other media report without independent examination of the facts. They try to keep up with technology by having iPad, iPhone and Android apps, but none of them are very well done. Lots of layoffs and a high voluntary turnover rate. Lots of benefits have disappeared -- 401(k) matching, gym membership discounts, public transportation discounts. Wellness committee seems to have disappeared.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You've lost so many good employees. Make this a place where they want to work forever so that you don't get stuck with a bunch of inexperienced people. You spend a lot of time focusing on the future in terms of technology but not enough of the future in terms of having a strong staff.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Winds of change

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Walnut Creek, CA

    Pros

    Mid level managment is hands on, supportive and responsive. There are multiple products to sell which allows reps to put together a strong proposal for customers. Training is ongoing and avaliable for reps that want it.

    Cons

    Constant change and unclear direction coming from the leadership group. Offices outside of the SJ flagship office are rarely visited by upper managment. Many positions have been eliminated or moved from the East Bay to San Jose. Managers are being asked to take on more for the same pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear and believe in your strategies to grow the company. Make sure all your employees see you. Dont hide in SJ all the time. Share successes so employees feel the company is moving in the right direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    News Industry is in major decline

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Ramon, CA

    Pros

    Good people, Work life balance

    Cons

    Bad Management, Bad Pay, No communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move to online quicker, get rid of dinosaurs who are old-fashioned and bring in new blood, better the perks for the achievers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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