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Former Employee - Classified Inside Sales  in  Houston, TX
Former Employee - Classified Inside Sales in Houston, TX

I worked at Houston Community Newspapers

Pros

Good benefits, decent co-workers, free parking, community newspapers may have a future in a dying industry, open to feedback from employees

Cons

Managers are busy bodies who gossip and pit employees against each other, poor pay, inadequate training and development for new employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay experienced people more, spend a little money to make money by promoting the papers in the community, hire experienced newspaper managers

Doesn't Recommend

Other Reviews for Houston Community Newspapers

  1.  

    Good first post-grad job, wouldn't stick around

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    Former Employee - Reporter  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Reporter in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Community Newspapers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Encouraged to develop own story ideas, positive relationships with all supervising editors, flexible (but unpredictable) hours, good journalism experience

    Cons

    Little guidance or direction from upper management, couldn't seem to decide where they wanted the product to go. I didn't care for sharing the open office with the sales staff, who were pushy and abrasive toward reporters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Low pay with expensive benefits.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Community Newspapers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It was quite nice to be learning to sell by doing it, rather than spending weeks or even months in training classes before being allowed to talk to a single one of the customers. It's not so much a pro though once you start actually doing it and realize you needed all of that training, unfortunately.

    Cons

    Compensation was pretty bad, as were opportunities for personal growth. The company has a strong "advertising is key, editorial is not" bias that really hurts them and makes it clear that they are not a business that will be around for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting back circulation without telling your advertisers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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