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Looks good on the resume, but not a place to grow in one's career

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Current Employee - Marketing  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA

Pros

Great work-life balance - especially if you are an affiliated employee (part of the Newspaper Guild). Managers can be very fair and even inspiring, depending on the unit you are in.
If you're upper-level management, pay and benefits are probably decent for the hours you put in.

The company stands behind its journalistic mission and does not compromise on that. It is very well-respected for its ethical journalism covering local news and the economy, and for that reason employees are proud to stand behind the brand.

Cons

Poor communication between departments. Circulation, online operations, advertising and marketing operate largely in silos. Perhaps a big part of it comes from not wanting to disturb "comfort zones" by doing things differently or gaining exposed to new ideas. Process improvement suggestions are slow (if not impossible) to assimilate.

Uncertain financial future for the newspaper industry and for the company overall means that few opportunities are created for associate or assistant-level employees to move up the ladder. This is also true for middle managers reaching director-level status.

As of right now, there's a significant lack of competent, "get-it-done" leaders who have the people skills needed to motivate their teams in some of the units. This is de-motivating to say the least, and has led to significant turnover. Having a top-down approach to every aspect of the business also contributes to employee dissatisfaction.

Digital news operations face an uncertain future... the landscape changes much faster than the company is able to keep up, largely because of deprioritization and "analysis paralysis."

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be as forthcoming and transparent as possible about what is going on in the company - you'll gain the respect of your teams when you do.

On innovation: Don't allow yourselves to be crippled by the thought of failure - a small investment can go a long way when it comes to digital business models, and you won't have far to fall if you do fail. Treat every experience as a learning opportunity. When in doubt, test and iterate...

Doesn't Recommend
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Other reviews for Seattle Times

  1.  

    Great company hit by hard times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    One of the best places I have ever worked in terms of co-workers and overall company culture. Proud to come to work every day.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is job security due to the decline of the industry. Benefits are getting worse. Also, salary increases are almost non-existent due to financial pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt to changing market conditions quicker and look to new technologies to boost business stability. The Seattle Times is still a great brand and a company that I continue to respect.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging at best, depressing at worst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Very good compensation and benefits.
    Great reputation as in industry leader in providing news and info to Seattle and western WA
    Good core groups of people who embrace the company's mission statement

    Cons

    Slow and even unwilling to accept change (processes, tools, etc) - "we've always done it this way"
    Print and Online depts have an "Us vs. Them" mentality with both sides entrenched in their processes, standards, etc.
    Company is chock full of employees with 15, 20, or more years of service who think tenure is more important than teamwork and create a horrible atmosphere and work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess each person on his/her specific merits and ability to do their job and eliminate not only the non-contributors but especially the cancers who subvert the work and contribution of others; those who feel it's their mission to contradict, argue, undercut, pushback, and play the political game.

    Given the many challenges and problems facing ST and that industry in general, everyone is either part of the problem or part of the solution - get rid of the former and empower the latter..

    Find ways to reward employees who truly do good work and who foster camaraderie and teamwork, especially give the prolonged absence of raises and monetary rewards/recognition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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