Capital Newspapers

  www.madison.com
  www.madison.com
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Just ok. Must love what you do to work for peanuts

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Capital Newspapers

Pros

Hours were ok and benefits were comparable to an average company in the area. Company was organized and employees had a fair work / life balance.

Cons

Pay was low and work was stressful due to numerous deadlines. May have changed though as it has been a few years since I left.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire competent management not just someone that can talk their way to the top. Make sure management actually shows they care about their employees. Try not to fly off the handle in stressful situations.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Be a sailor on a sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter

    I worked at Capital Newspapers

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    This was a good company, and great people to work with.

    Former Employee - Account Executive in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Madison, WI

    I worked at Capital Newspapers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Located in beautiful Madison, WI, I enjoyed working with a diverse customer list and the ability for every day to be different! It was challenging and fun to build my book of business to over double what it started as, and the teamwork and leadership opportunities were great! Since this is a network of more newspapers, it was great that there were other opportunities across the country too!

    Cons

    I no longer live in Madison, WI so it's not an option to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It'd be great to have the company's mission statement front and center for employees.

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