MediaNews

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

I have been working at MediaNews

Pros

The only pro is you don't have to be that good to keep your job. You basically have to use a really bad word publicly to even get a notice.

Cons

Lack of leadership. Lack of opportunities. Managment doesn't care and it shows. People who try to do a good job are just put aside so not as to threaten anybody above them. Serious lack of leadership, wimpy in fact. There are maybe two people in charge who can make a decision to save their lives.
When mistakes are made, so are excuses depending on who made the mistake. It's always "OK' or 'fine."

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It really seems like they don't care.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Creativity and good ideas are ignored or quashed.

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    Current Employee - Web Producer
    Current Employee - Web Producer

    I have been working at MediaNews

    Pros

    There are some creative things going on at lower levels in the company. Some teams and managers are exciting and interesting to work with and for. Some managers are excellent at giving recognition and encouraging development and follow-up on good ideas. They don't begrudge time off or vacation taken but some managers will make you feel guilty for taking your earned vacation or a holiday off. Most of the time, within the microcosm of an individual group and at individual property, you get a sense of doing something worthwhile. But it is often stifled or ignored at a higher level.

    Cons

    Good ideas that might actually help the group survive or blossom in the downturn of the newspaper industry are ignored our outright shot down. Beyond a very small group level, recognition and feedback are either non existent or outright hostile. Benefits and pay are a joke. They want to hire the cheapest people they can get, but then can't understand why the projects they want done are beyond their scope. They wonder why the business model is dying but ignore or quash ideas from their own employees with experience in the technology and directly with audiences they want to foster and grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees you have who know what they are talking about. Rather than hiring so-called experts, talk to your own people who have been dealing with new technologies and directly with audiences for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you have no experience, start here. Otherwise, move on.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vallejo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vallejo, CA

    I worked at MediaNews

    Pros

    It's a good place to get your foot in the door. But don't stay too long. Set a time limit for how long you'll be there. Build up your resume and look for the next step to advance your career. There are other opportunities out there. You just have to look and be open to jobs outside the newspaper industry.

    Cons

    Once you're in, there's no chance of moving up at the paper. Hours are long and the demands are high. Employee morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should do more to protect employees.

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