The San Francisco Chronicle

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2 people found this helpful  

ok while it lasted.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Middle Manager in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Middle Manager in San Francisco, CA

I worked at The San Francisco Chronicle full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great benefits, nice people. easy commute location. Owned by hearst

Cons

Still run by newspaper people

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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    Good pay, but company is on a downhill slide

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The San Francisco Chronicle full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was able to negotiate a very good salary going in, and that helped me a lot. If you're in the union, you have very good work rules regarding weekly hours, overtime and holiday pay, etc., but if you have no seniority, you will almost certainly get screwed when it comes to weekends and vacation time over major holidays, or at least that was the case as of 2009. You'll get to work with incredible journalists with decades of experience, and most of them are nice people. The annual wine and makeup and book sales are amazing (when the newspaper sells samples it received to employees in order to raise money for charity).

    Cons

    Hardly any of us spent time together outside work. Almost no one lives in San Francisco proper. There isn't much of a "team feeling." If you're new, you're screwed when it comes to scheduling because of union seniority rules (or the way those rules are interpreted by your managers). Holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving are reserved for longtime employees and people with young families. The paper is constantly cutting staff and adding to the workload of the survivors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the distribution of holiday time off more equitable. Don't drive away young employees with harsh seniority rules. Arrange for more employee activities outside of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard-working journalists doing their best under the circumstances

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The San Francisco Chronicle

    Pros

    Seasoned, insightful news people who know what they're doing. Up until recently this was a fun place to work. Some of the best story-tellers in the country; the newsroom has a lot to be proud of. The Gate understands its audience and feeds the beast. All those daily uniques can't be wrong.

    Cons

    Time to stop dropping the f-bombs and inspire people. But not enough experience at the top to lead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the hard-ass approach and work to get staff buy-in. They understand changes are needed, but convince them yours is the right path. Keep the marketers out of the newsroom.

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