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Repeated connections as a consultant

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Former Contractor - Consultant
Former Contractor - Consultant

I worked at Seattle Times as a contractor (Less than a year)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

The Seattle times still offers a lot of autonomy to each enterprise. The staff I have worked with seem smart, invigorated by their jobs and work environment, and suggest that the management style of the Times is to hire good people and get out of their way.

Cons

The newspaper business is re-inventing itself. Some of the current positions at any newspaper are likely to be transformed to new kinds of jobs. Some people who are doing excellent work may nevertheless lose their jobs, because the jobs itself is terminated, or completely changed.

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    Trusted Local Brand, Low Morale and No Ambitions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seattle Times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Trusted brand, great co-workers passionate about their job, potential to be a powerful advertising product

    Cons

    Speaking from the sales prospective there is a list of problems with the organization. There is a huge division between the online and print sales teams. Each is trying to generate revenue without providing guidance on the entire suite of ST services/products. You will have a situation where 2-3 reps will be calling the same business and each pitching some variation of the ST product

    Online sales team under a particular sales direction was turned into a cold call center. More value was put on cold calling/trying to squeeze revenue from businesses instead of building relationships and providing effective results. No emphasis on testimonials, continued training,etc.. Reminded the sales team of Glengarry Glen Ross.

    Lack of vision from the leaders. Clinging to the hope that print will make a reassurance without giving consideration to new online/offline advertising products. Products that are executed are launched half assed and without a long term plan.

    Definite favoritism for employees that have been there for decades. New reps will have sales goals that grow exponentially per month while the "old timers" will have same goals they have had for years upon years. While not challenge the old reps and trust in the new reps?

    Advice to Management

    You have a powerful product. Encourage the entire sales team to build an amazing work culture. Build out new products to compete with merging medias. Show your merchants that the product works (testimonials, referrals, conferences to tell the employees about the positive impact).

    Become more strategic in your sales execution.


  2. A great place to learn, but not a lot of opportunities for career advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to take on more responsibility and learn new things - a great place to build out your toolbox.

    Cons

    Salary and titles/positions do not increase with responsibilities.


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