Journal Communications

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Journal Communications Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
13 Reviews
2.9
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    It has been great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Journal Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Prime location in downtown.

    Cons

    promotions in IT and management is still learning the software development process.

  2.  

    Finance Intern

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Journal Communications as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    We were given real projects that actually had an effect on the company. There were also fun social events to go to.

    Cons

    Sometimes did not have work to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Franklin, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Franklin, TX

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

    Pros

    There wasn't any Pros.. Just a paycheck

    Cons

    Very bad management . Large turnover!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace your management and VP. The owner really needs to be in touch with his employees. He depends way too much on his management. I find it hard to believe he can be so naive about his owner company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Terrible experience

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Well known newspaper, great downtown location, historic building, neat to see what goes into creating the paper

    Cons

    No training, management that didn't really care, treats lower level employees as less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees properly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Poor management, lack of desire in growing skills & keeping up with current digital trends

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    Former Employee - Digital Designer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Digital Designer in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    No one works a full 8 hours - ever.

    Cons

    Poor leadership & management - very dated & stuck in outdated styles, design, & technology trends. Some leaders are very crass & downright unprofessional. I saw no future in my position, and actually was more advanced in my skills than my boss. Unfortunate not to have leaders you respect and can learn from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house - re-evaluate at all levels of management, and look at how other companies are structured and operate logistically.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Journal Communications

    Pros

    good people good pay fun

    Cons

    none, everything was just fine

  8.  

    Web developer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Journal Communications

    Pros

    Solid company with a stock ownership program and a diversified business. Efficient and dedicated workforce and management team.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement and some business lines of the company are in long-term decline. Advancement in the company can take a long time and afford limited pay increases.

  9.  

    Toxic work environment, lots of deadwood staff and clueless leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Journal Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There was an end to the day

    Cons

    Half the management is stuck in reverse the other half in neutral, great lesson in going nowhere fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is someone who could lead change at JRN, but they are not currently working there. Significant purge does not begin to describe the change needed to make this a respectable workplace and media outlet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Dated budget / priority parameters

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Journal Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting and diverse subject matter, local focus. If you're a local working here it gives you a strong sense of hometown pride.

    Cons

    Dying print newspaper business model, focus on new media needed. The interactive branch has been identified as the future of the company, but those in charge of staffing hire on the cheap instead of finding qualified individuals with appropriate skill sets. This affects all products and projects negatively in the end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house, start over with your digital design and development teams or start outsourcing to dedicated interactive firms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Management Leading the Demise of Reputable Legacy Media

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Journal Communications

    Pros

    The people here are really dedicated to what they do and to the communities they serve. We have excellent relationships with our customers and a high trust factor with our customers.

    Cons

    Overall lack of leadership and direction. No one in the business seems to know how to get us to the next level or has the confidence to do anything but follow others in the industry. Legacy media suffers from a lack of new blood at the top which keeps us from being willing to try new things and shed things that don't work any more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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