Freedom Communications

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Freedom Communications Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
34 Reviews
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Freedom Communications President, CEO, and Director Mitchell Stern
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  1.  

    Bottom line is first priority

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Clovis, NM
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Clovis, NM

    I have been working at Freedom Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are fairly reasonable about scheduling, they have a rich history and a fairly diverse workplace.

    Cons

    honestly it was all about the money, ethics were second priority, they would mess up printing and not notify advertisers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention when people make complaints about ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    The company has a long history in Orange County and many employees have worked there for years.

    Cons

    Current ownership has mismanaged the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Used to be a good family-owned company. Now they are a mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freedom Communications (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This was a good company to work for. Not so much anymore.

    Cons

    New owners had no experience in the industry, ignored the Internet, and launched two newspapers and bought another in the LA area. Almost everything they have done has been a disaster. Rumored to not be paying outside vendors on time (or at all). Asking employees to deliver newspapers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire someone to run the company who knows what they are doing, preferably with industry experience. Then, get out of the way!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Freedom Communications Has a Poor Vision for the Future and Its Employees

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well recognized communications company in Southern California

    Cons

    Low Pay, High Turnover, Unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Consultants to delve more deeply into managements previous roles and experience relevant to the positions for which they are hired. Have a more clear concise, thorough, calculated vision for the company so that tenured and new employees do not have to lose their jobs because of poorly planned budgets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Anonymous but still watching what I say

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people who have worked hard through difficult circumstances for many years.

    Cons

    Uncertain future of newspaper business; failure to adjust to changing times; management problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who work for you and know more than you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Former sales executive

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    We worked together like a family

    Cons

    Management changed the delivery model and the paper went downhill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people on the streets. They are the frontline to the customers and have great ideas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freedom Communications full-time

    Pros

    great coworkers, flexibility, easy commute

    Cons

    long hours, disorganization, hard to take vacation

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfactory, corporate office decimated after operating unit sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    decent environment, camaraderie, good employees

    Cons

    short sighted management led to break up of company for cash

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too late now

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    New owner doesn't know what he's doing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freedom Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people. Reporters who care.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    Find professionals to advise you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, needs too consider employees more

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - Accounting in Jacksonville, NC

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary for the area, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Dollar driven, outsourced several positions to India

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't outsource,, level of work of outsourcing not even comparable to US employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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