Chicago Tribune

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3 people found this helpful  

Horrible, frustrating, discouraging and a true waste of time.

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Current Employee - Editor in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Editor in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Chicago Tribune

Pros

There are skilled and talented workers, but they are poorly led.

Cons

After four years of bankruptcy and layoffs, employee morale is terrible in all divisions. Management is untrustworthy and incapable of telling the truth. Probably the worst management team I have ever seen. Mid-level managers are incompetent. There is no leadership, just a lot of authority figures who like to think they are important. There is no professional development and little chance of advancement. Heavy on office politics, favoritism over merit. There is no accountability, no transparency. Projects are launched with little or no planning and then dropped after a few weeks or months.If you're not management, you're nothing here. There are very good reasons why this company is bankrupt, and it is bankrupt in more than one manner.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Integrity is the key to the leadership. There is little integrity here, and even less leadership. Stress integrity, and you might develop a few leaders.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sad dissolution of a once-proud company and newspaper

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    Former Employee - Assistant Subject Editor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Subject Editor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Tribune

    Pros

    It was a good newspaper that did worthy journalism and had an important place in the life of the Midwest. It wasn't a great place to work, but it wasn't lousy either, as newspapers go. As one of the largest papers in the country, the pay was pretty good for journalism. The rewards of the profession made it worthwhile tolerating the usual range of inflated egos, politics, backbiting and unfairness among editorial managers.

    Cons

    Any newspaper was probably doomed, given the dissolution of the newspaper business model in the face of the internet. But Tribune Co. fell especially hard due to the disastrous decision to purchase Times-Mirror Co., which was already a basket case and made the dull but relatively well-managed Tribune Co. into a basket case too. The company has been in bankruptcy for three years, and if the bankruptcy ever winds up I don't expect the newspapers to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a job that you can handle. I hear McDonald's is hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience - not worth the stress for beyond 24 months

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Tribune

    Pros

    Modern tools to gain experience with

    Cons

    Very poor direction, planning – plan on performing a lot of re-doing projects under tight deadlines.
    Technical Band-Aids everywhere – no one is held accountable, root problems are not solved/resolved.
    Plan on giving up a lot of personal time – because of the re-work, band-aids, core problems are not getting fixed, minimal staff = technical workers are busy 24x7 with little break from the constant system failures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dump the old systems, fix technical problems for good. Reduce/replace ETLs and custom processes that do not offer competitive advantage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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