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The ship is heading for the rocks

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Former Employee - Ad Sales  in  Madison, WI
Former Employee - Ad Sales in Madison, WI

I worked at Capital Newspapers

Pros

Great co-workers. Satisfying to see your work in the paper the next day. Discount newspaper subscription. Good benefits but expensive.

Cons

The industry is hemorrhaging and the current management has no idea what to do about it. Sales management leans pretty hard on the staff to sell worthless products invented just to increase revenue.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quit and allow someone to take over who knows what they are doing. At least try to undo the harm created by years of high-handed treatment of customers because you were the only game in town.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Capital Newspapers

  1.  

    It is chaotic and confusing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Capital Newspapers

    Pros

    -Newspapers are a dying industry, yet are so important to the community. It feels good to help keep age-old industry afloat.
    -Great work-life balance.
    -For the most part, fellow employees are polite and pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    -The pay is very difficult to live on.
    -The environment is high pressure and the communication among the different departments is deplorable.
    -The technology used is way behind the times and makes every task take longer than it should.
    -There are few opportunities for advancement or even a raise.
    -There are very few windows in the building, no cafeteria and no coffee machine (isn't coffee supposed to be standard at a newspaper?!).
    -The company is not doing very well, so there is little money to compensate their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Doing God's work in uncertain times

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Reporter
    Current Employee - Reporter

    I have been working at Capital Newspapers

    Pros

    Anyplace still doing journalism is a good place to work, and the people (at the Wisconsin State Journal) are quality journalists who support one another and work well together.

    Cons

    Raises are few and far between, and staff cutbacks make it feel like you're doing the work of two people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to restore raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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