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Former Employee - Production Artist  in  Columbus, OH
Former Employee - Production Artist in Columbus, OH

I worked at The Columbus Dispatch full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Nice facility, beautiful grounds with jogging path and volleyball area. Lots of vending machines, nice Christmas dinner. It was a great place to work and paid well. All benefits from health and life insurance to 401k and pension.

Cons

Corporate environment, stiff - not casual dress. Outsourced the entire Art Department to India in 2007. Was very management heavy - 6 or 7 managers for about 30 workers. Management was predominantly male - and not very supportive of females. Management was extremely resistant to updating technology; it took a great deal longer to complete the task with archaic procedures, equipment and methods; it was very frustrating.. and then they tried to justify outsourcing by calling the staff "inefficient"! The paper is owned by a private family and is unmistakably Conservative. They literally bought up all of the competition.

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Neutral Outlook

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  1.  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Circulation Marketing Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Circulation Marketing Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Company with interest in employee health and well-being. Very old company with deep community roots.

    Cons

    Not run by professionals. Nepotism at it's worst. Management is not interested in contribution and believe they know everything they need to know. Sad thing is they don't even know what they don't know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a serious business manager, someone who actually makes decisions based on facts and figures - not on gut reactions. Take the time to understand and learn about your business. Magazine and newspapers are two different entities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not For Everybody

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch full-time

    Pros

    -private company, family-owned
    -ability to entertain clients through connections with local sports / events
    -owns most of the print products in the market
    -good product training and analysis of market
    -pays well when you have monster accounts
    -once you have a good set of accounts, you can coast
    -a few of the managers are very, very, good (please also look below in regards to management)

    Cons

    -does not think too highly of smaller competitors in central ohio
    -territory account executives are on a gauranteed draw (strictly commission) while other advertising reps are on salary plus commission
    -no gas reimbursement or car allowance
    -no benefits until after 90 days of employement
    -budgets are set yearly and goals are set quarterly and are based on year over year numbers; decline in advertisers' spend is not factored into goal setting, this also works with increase in spend which can be a positive. This becomes luck of the draw for your big accounts which will make or break you for your first year.
    -management stays in their office and does not go out in the field with you UNLESS it is a monster account that they have to brown-nose to.
    -there is a disconnect between the departments which can be counterproductive
    -very little movement up within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time in the field with your associates and help them close new business and you will not have as much turnover with your account executives in both the retail territory, auto, and the magazines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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