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Be a sailor on a sinking ship

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Reporter
Former Employee - Reporter
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Quality journalism encouraged and approved Staff members are typically friendly Editors are fair, bring out the best in their reporters

Cons

Pay is just barely enough to survive on for single person, so if you have a family your spouse/partner better be doing much better than you or you'll need food stamps Job isn't safe given their constant downsizing over past two years, even for longstanding loyal employees. Editorial staff are seen as an expendable, loss-making portion of the company. Territorialism of editors/reporters make cooperation with other publications impossible for regional stories. Working outside your defined role discouraged. For example, suggestions on their websites, which are a sad joke, are completely ignored. Promotion choices are based MUCH more on favoritism than merit.

Advice to Management

Learn how to make money, especially from the internet. Capital Newspapers' websites are pathetic, hard to use and loss-making. Massive potential for revenue lost there that will NOT be recouped from print. Cutting editorial staff to save on costs isn't going to bring in more readers. Consider taking a larger pay cut than the staff, since your inability to adapt to a changing news market is what's sinking the company, not the journalists, print staff, IT people or ad coordinators.

Other Employee Reviews for Capital Newspapers

  1. CN

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

    Pros

    Capital Newspapers is a great place to work because they believe in their product and their people. Flexible work schedule, decent benefits, and great people are the number one reasons to work here.

    Cons

    Sometimes the economy or the industry itself requires that management take bold steps to keep the company successful. Unfortunately that has included staff downsizing in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving and making the best product possible. Think outside the box to keep up with the ever-changing market.


  2. Do you enjoy a good old boys club? With low pay? This is the place for you!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Capital Newspapers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, no micromanagement whatsoever. You will work very independently. And by independently I mean on your own. It's a great way to network with local businesses in the area.

    Cons

    Low base pay, commissions are horrible, belittlement if you don't hit your goal, blatant favoritism. You can make more money driving your car around running up your mileage for reimbursement. All the good leads and big accounts are given to the old jaded dinosaurs.

    Advice to Management

    Your long tenured sales managers are just phoning it in. There are a few people who actually do still care about the place that should be elevated into those management positions instead. You need to motivate the reps that you have along with the new one that you bring in. You need a better training program. Let's face the fact that newspaper is dying.


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