Freedom Communications
2.9 of 5 29 reviews
www.freedom.com Irvine, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014

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60% Approve of the CEO

Freedom Communications President, CEO, and Director Mitchell Stern

Mitchell Stern

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Former sales executive

    Sales Executive (Former Employee)
    Mesa, AZ

    ProsWe worked together like a family

    ConsManagement changed the delivery model and the paper went downhill

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the people on the streets. They are the frontline to the customers and have great ideas

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat coworkers, flexibility, easy commute

    Conslong hours, disorganization, hard to take vacation

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    Satisfactory, corporate office decimated after operating unit sales

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    Prosdecent environment, camaraderie, good employees

    Consshort sighted management led to break up of company for cash

    Advice to Senior Managementtoo late now

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    New owner doesn't know what he's doing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice people. Reporters who care.

    ConsIt's painfully obvious that management has no idea what they are doing. They micromanage and that means no real planning or structure. They don't know anything about news, much less about digital. They're literally the only two people left on the planet who think print will save the news industry.

    They fired half the company including some of the best journalist we had. Now they're expanding by starting new papers but they aren't hiring anyone. The LA Register will be written by a handful of out of college reporters. Yet, they keep talking about quality and journalistic integrity.

    They treat the remaining staff like faceless, replaceable bodies.

    I have never worked anywhere so dysfunctional and depressing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind professionals to advise you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, needs too consider employees more

    Accounting (Former Employee)
    Jacksonville, NC

    ProsGood salary for the area, friendly atmosphere

    ConsDollar driven, outsourced several positions to India

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't outsource,, level of work of outsourcing not even comparable to US employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful people! That's why I stayed for so long despite salary cuts.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat, supportive people. Display Advertising department is like a family.

    ConsDue to company sale and realignment, furloughs were given out and pay was cut and never restored to prior levels. Plus, Advertising department stopped giving raises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that what makes the company work is all the dedicated, hard-working people who show up every day.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Start up environment-be careful of managers-many long term from"old" news business

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Orange, CA

    ProsGreat mission-freedom of the press

    Good pay/benefits- no limits on commission

    Cons-Dying industry

    - Managers are hide-bound and running scared-which put pressure on everyone else

    Advice to Senior Management-Upper management is very good - great focus on the community and on employees

    -Watch financials/avoid debacle like the lawsuit over payments to previous owner

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting Place to Work

    Advertising Assistant/Graphics (Current Employee)
    Victorville, CA

    ProsEven though you do the same thing every day, it is always different because we are a daily newspaper. The work environment is friendly and not high pressure. We are more like family instead of just employees. There is a certain prestige that comes with working for the newspaper. The benefits for full time employees are decent.

    ConsBecause we are a smaller community paper, the pay scale here is lower than it is at larger metropolitan papers. Also, there is insufficient training for new hires.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more recognition for a job well done. Also, pay raises need to be addressed a little more often.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad Company . Do not think of working at Freedom

    Director Operations (Former Employee)
    Santa Ana, CA

    ProsMedia Company focused in newspaper business

    ConsBad Management - new one . No sense of business and no respect for any personnels.
    They will chase pennies in the carpet where ever possible when it comes to compensate the employees and on the other side will lavishly spend on their travel/entertainment.

    Do not think of joining this organization . They will not pay the salaries and on asking will fire you from the position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and respect your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice experience at Freedom Communications.

    Sports Editor (Former Employee)
    New Bern, NC

    ProsThey were a good company to work for, for the most part. I had the freedom to do what I wanted with the job.

    ConsThere were pay freezes and layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep a positive vibe in the newsroom.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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