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Helpful (2)

Challenging at best, depressing at worst

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

I worked at Seattle Times

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Do it only because you love putting out a paper.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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