Indianapolis Star
2.1 of 5 9 reviews
www.indystar.com Indianapolis, IN 1000 to 5000 Employees

Indianapolis Star Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
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2.1 9 reviews

                             

60% Approve of the CEO

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Barbara Henry

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11% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company

    Online (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsGreat company to work for

    ConsNo real negatives. Good people

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

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    Not a good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice and friendly co-workers. From a career perspective it has a lot of potential if you're a man.

    ConsNo work-life balance - you are expected to always be on the clock. No training or mentoring of new employees. Men are treated a lot differently then women. Lots of favoritism is all departments. Company management in most cases do not have a clue about effectively managing their employees or empowering them to be successful. Demands are often extreme.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLost cause. They are too arrogant and wouldn't listen anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to work, BEFORE the Internet obliterated newspapers.

    Newsroom Manager (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsChallenging work, wonderful co-workers. Funnest job one could have when the revenue was there to support the operation.

    ConsManagement not well trained, shoots from the hip when things don't go right. Lots of knee jerk reactions in battling declining revenue. No one seems to have the solution to a declining industry.

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

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    I used to be passionate about working for The Indianapolis Star; now it is just a paycheck.

    Undisclosed (Current Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsThe benefits are competitive, and there are a lot of great people who work for the company.

    ConsOver the past few years, the company has continued to downsize to the point that remaining employees are overworked and overly stressed. With over seventy-five percent of the staff gone, the morale is the lowest it has ever been, and most people dread coming to work every day. Job security at this company is almost non-existent, and many hard working, dedicated employees are not appreciated for the work that they do. It has been labeled by many as a toxic, abusive work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would recommend trying to construct a positive, rewarding work environment for the many people who continue to dedicate their lives to working for this company. Ruling with an iron fist and threatening employee's livelihood on an ongoing basis will continue to drive morale into the ground. I've often heard that it is seven times more expensive to gain an existing customer than it is to retain an existing one. I would encourage you to apply this same philosophy to your employees. It is with great sadness that I would not recommend working for this company; it used to be an amazing place to work.

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

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    Great paper, horrible corporation.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Flexible schedules
    - Decent pay
    - Free parking
    - Some managers really do try to make it a better place.

    Cons- Top-down management styles. These people will not listen to anyone that doesn't have the word, "manager or director" in their title. Yet they ask for people to voice their opinions. Very mixed signals.
    - Unethical and possibly illegal work practices. There have been a multitude of incidents slip under the radar in this workplace, ranging from sexual harassment to pay decreases without notice. With the HR department being uninformed on basic procedures, and the low morale, this behavior is unfortunately the status quo.
    - They rule out of fear. Everyone is constantly fearful of losing their job. Taking initiative is often frowned upon because of this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRather than having middle-managers read books to boost the company culture, you should actually have them speak to their staff on a regular basis. Team meetings should be implemented, not just one-on-ones. All the one-on-one meetings accomplish is creating an isolation between team members and encourage a platform for complaining rather than problem solving.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You'll Love it if you're one of their "Favorites"

    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsGood pay, benefits and working hours.

    ConsThey have weekly group sales meetings in which the same 5 or 6 people are mentioned for how wonderful they are (even if you've done something just as wonderful). There is definitely the knowledge among the staff who the "golden" people are, which made working there very demoralizing. Also, they're never satisfied with what you do, they always want more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat all employees the same...stop encouraging brown-nosing. Also, you could be a little friendlier.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, working in poor conditions because of Gannett Corporate

    Department Editor (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsAt least in the editorial departments, I felt that I had a fantastic group of individuals that give it their all, and were my extended family. My last five years at the newspaper was the best I've had in any job.

    ConsUnfortunately, Gannett in their efforts to make their numbers, started laying off my co-workers, starting instituting unpaid furloughs, and then cutting our salaries by 10%, which we never got back.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEscape on your terms. Life is better outside and you can do it while you have a job. I miss the people I worked with, and my job was the best I ever had. But I knew I had to leave when the ship started sinking.

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

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    Formerly noble and valued, currently undervalued

    Writer (Current Employee)

    ProsVacation and personal leave time off, influencing readers, great and hard-working co-workers who create a cameraderie, flexible hours for certain positions

    ConsUndervalued by management, not appreciated, too much work in too little time, not enough direction, little communication between the divisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate employees better, take more time to know your employees, communicate better with employees, be sincere for the first time ever.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Gannett sunk this company.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere were some great people that work there. All are overwhelm with their job but are very helpful.
    I still miss them.

    ConsNo work/like balance. Management would not build any personal relationships with employees. My last manager never asked about my family.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe civil and approachable to employees. Show commitment that you want the best of of all employees. Be polite and acknowledge employees in public settings. Your business is failing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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