Seattle Times

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Talented passionate people work here, but it is difficult for new people to acclimate

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Seattle Times

Pros

The people that work at the times are very passionate about serving the public and bringing issues to light that the public should be aware of.

Cons

They don't promote information/education sharing among co-workers to grow the teams collective knowledge base. It is also difficult for new people to become part of the work community since most people have worked here for many years.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It is time to embrace new ideas and merge them with the traditional approach you've taken. If we don't change we will become extinct.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Do it only because you love putting out a paper.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times

    Pros

    You truly do help keep that 4th branch of government running. The worker bees really love each other and want to do a good job.

    Cons

    It's a rough time to work in print. Many of the great benefits that have drawn solid talent to the company have dwindled away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a ridiculous amount of management compared to non-management at The Times. Redundant managers while good lower level people that do the grunt work get fired. The system has become excessively report and meeting heavy, probably because people want to know where the money is going. Also, the prices of advertising are going up as demand goes down. This is a failing economic model.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the institution-workplace could be better

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times

    Pros

    Important community resource-4th estate
    award winning newsroom
    three weeks vacation after two years employment
    convenient location
    non public company-should yield benefits of not managing for short term results
    401k match coming back
    domestic partner benefits

    Cons

    non public company-so financials, long term (more than 1 year) strategy have been pretty opaque
    morale is (still) not great-save your own skin first
    management could recognize and thank people more often-it doesn't always mean spending money to do so
    benefits erosion continues
    lots of silos prevent sharing of information to groups and departments
    some astonishing behaviors are tolerated from long time employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to internal people with good ideas about the future of journalism, not just a specific platform
    Support sales force-it is a tough environment for advertising during the recession, set goals with an eye towards external market conditions

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