Calkins Media

  www.calkins.com
  www.calkins.com
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Typical Newspaper Company

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Account Executive in Levittown, PA
Current Employee - Account Executive in Levittown, PA

I have been working at Calkins Media

Pros

Much freedom to bring ideas to the table and to implement them if they are deemed to be a revenue-generator. Good respect paid to work/life balance, treatment of employees and overall, good benefits package.

Cons

The internet division is creative and could thrive - if it were run like an internet division and NOT as an offshoot of a newspaper. Not enough support staff given to this segment of the business - and this is the segment that has the most potential for growth. Lately, more and more team members are no longer onboard...and no explanation is given. Very unsettling to those who remain.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Think a bit more outside of the box - there is alot of talent at Calkins that is under-utilized because of a refusal to look at working in a new way.

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    What Does the Future Hold for Newspapers?

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    Former Employee - Circulation Manager
    Former Employee - Circulation Manager

    I worked at Calkins Media

    Pros

    This is a family owned newspaper business with products in PA, NJ and FL that has an excellent record of being profitable. They seem to plan capital improvements with very little (if any) debt with a clear sense of how to grow the company. There is genuine concern for their role in their communities and volunteerism among employees is rewarded.

    Cons

    The pay scales are not competitive with other newspapers in the Philly area, such as the Courier Post, The Times (of Trenton) and the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News (now in bankruptcy). The employee pension plans have been frozen or eliminated for new hires. The majority of employment is part-time and limited to less than 1,000 hours per year to avoid giving benefits to those employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There has always been an atmosphere of fear in Calkins management when unions are mentioned. The company communications policies were instituted to forestall any need for employees to unionize to be heard; this was done at a time when all the surrounding newspapers were unionized. This worked because even though Calkins pay and benefits were less than the unionized newspapers, the work environment was more relaxed and innovative. Ad revenue has been disappearing for some time, circulation (readership) numbers are dropping and the sense that the end of newspapers is upon us is palpable - employees are tense, stressed and overworked, and the pay and benefits are still less than the other newspapers. Either do what is right and give your remaining employees the pay and benefits they deserve for their hard work and commitment (and if necessary reinvent yourself) or if that is not fiscally possible, close your doors and end the slow and lingering death of your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Good People, Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calkins Media

    Pros

    Management & Great Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    End of months get stressful trying to hit sales goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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