Houston Community Newspapers
1.7 of 5 3 reviews
www.hcnonline.com Houston, TX 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jan 29, 2014

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significant decline

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Houston Community Newspapers for more than 3 years

Prosflexible schedule
not much else positive

Consterrible leadership - both mid and senior levels

Advice to Senior Managementlearn that your staff is your number one asset

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

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Looking to work in editorial? Avoid like the plague.

Reporter (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Houston Community Newspapers full-time for more than a year

Pros-Some cool people here and there, great communities.

ConsLow pay, lack of clear direction, completely understaffed, unrealistic expectations, no feedback

Advice to Senior ManagementWhere to begin? Management gives unreasonable expectations to an absolute skeleton crew, and editors offer little to no feedback of work (probably because there are only a handful of writers, sometimes as few as a single reporter with no editor, covering an enormous coverage area for each paper). Pay is anywhere from $5,000-$8,000 less than the competition and leadership offers no positive reinforcement, little motivation to get better, and close to zero upward mobility. Upper management attempts to paint a picture that this is a forward thinking company, yet refuses to actually spend the money or hire the workers to get things done, particularly in its digital side. Despite layoffs from a company buyout in 2012, the company *still* employs editors and leaders who have gone on record saying they don't "believe" or "understand" the internet. There is no clear digital plan, no kind of social media standard or plan for the company, and despite saying the company is now "profitable," it still refuses to get its name out in the community and do basic legwork like competitors, including the Chronicle, Community Impact, Houston Business Journal, etc. Management is totally fine with having editors that do little to help you correct issues and grow professionally and would much rather stomp their feet and complain that writers aren't able to cover literally every meeting happening everywhere ever despite, again, having a hilariously understaffed skeleton crew with no positive feedback, high stress levels, unacceptably low pay, and laughably awful insurance and benefits.

While the current owners have done a good job saving HCN from shutting its doors, upper management refuses to acknowledge the fact that it's catching up to every other media company circa 2007 and doesn't seem to understand that if you want to make an omelette, you have to break a few eggs. Hire more people, start paying them a respectful salary and start injecting some positivity because the one word that can describe working here is "bleak."

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Classified Inside Sales (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Houston Community Newspapers

ProsGood benefits, decent co-workers, free parking, community newspapers may have a future in a dying industry, open to feedback from employees

ConsManagers are busy bodies who gossip and pit employees against each other, poor pay, inadequate training and development for new employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay experienced people more, spend a little money to make money by promoting the papers in the community, hire experienced newspaper managers

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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