The World Company

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Family owned newspaper with a great web site

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

This family owned business is supportive of their employees. Many people work here for years, for life even. Many others graduated to go on to do other great things. They aren't afraid to innovate, which is important if you are going to survive as a newspaper business. This is the company that initially produced Django, and Ellington CMS. They win a lot of awards and are passionate about publishing. Lawrence, KS is a great place to live and work.

Cons

They sold off their cable company, their television stations. Now they are shutting down their software development and website hosting business. I have no idea where they are going now. I don't see how you survive as a traditional newspaper. I'm not sure upper management realized what they had with their software development and newspaper hosting devision and they didn't know how to let go and give their hosting venture the freedom it needed to succeed. They dreamed big, made big projects, then abandoned them when they did poorer than they had hoped. They may rise again but it's not guaranteed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Read The Lean Startup. If you try again, do it with faster release cycles, smaller changes, better feedback, and be ready to pivot. The journey will help you find the destination. Find a visionary who understands this, give them a budget and the reins, then get out of their way.

Recommends
Negative Outlook

Other reviews for The World Company

  1.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    there's lots of sales freedom

    Cons

    overlap of sales territories. newspaper biz might not be around very long...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clarify territories

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Employee compensation and opportunities out of whack

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter  in  Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Reporter in Lawrence, KS

    Pros

    Very few benefits to working at this company. They're consistently in the red when it comes to operating revenue, and they're bloated with fat at the top.

    Cons

    Your best interest is never at heart with the management of this company. With a measly 30k a year salary, I was forbidden from looking at other companies to work for, despite the fact that my subsidiary company was on the "selling block."

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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