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Journal Register Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    Years of uncertainty

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yardley, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yardley, PA

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

    Pros

    Lots of great co-workers. Due to my specific situation I was able to work from home with flexible hours. This was not standard practice though.

    Cons

    Went through bankruptcies (plural) and a merger (if you can call it that) during my years here. Confusing company structure, uncertain future. Majority of personnel with no raises in 6 years. Major layoffs this year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit that this industry is not savable and stop blowing smoke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, no future.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Journal Register full-time

    Pros

    The people here are the best aspect of this company … dedicated and hard working. The company seems fairly advanced in the digital world of newspapers, so it would be a good place to learn if you want to jumpstart a career in digital news media. PTO varies by property, and seems to be average or above. Personal benefits are decent.

    Cons

    This company is actively murdering its print products, and discarding people who produce them, in place of its digital brand. The conundrum is that it's still heavily dependent on its print revenue. This disparity causes a continual shift in goals and objectives. Staff at the local properties are undervalued, under appreciated, and underpaid, working without raises for nearly a decade. Sales objectives are a moving target, as is the commission structure. The recent bankruptcy and merger has resulted in a push to centralize to job functions to satellite locations, so no one at the local level, from top management down, is safe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create oversight and accountability the local level, and communicate a clear and consistent message from the top to the bottom. Instead of devaluing your highly dedicated and skilled staff, recognize them for what they are – a hard-working, dedicated group of individuals who take pride in their work – in other words, your greatest asset. While you work on your corporate brand, you might want to consider your employer brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fixing the plane while it is in the air

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial
    Former Employee - Editorial

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

    Pros

    Hard-working staff, many of which are award-winners with years of experience. Good place to get a start and learn fast.

    Cons

    Staff reductions have hurt morale as employees need to work long hours for pay which falls below industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time communicating with those doing work at the bottom of the organizational chart to find out what ails them. Open up your coffers and show your workers a good time every once in a while - team building exercises, treat to a lunch or happy hour, etc... Continue to invest in new talent to steer the ship into the digital age. Train your ad sales teams to better understand the digital marketplace before sending them out to sell your ad space.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    looking for a new position

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Journal Register full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    nice people in the department, supervisors have knowledge and skills needed

    Cons

    no salary increase in 5 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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

    Long term employee that is overdue for a change.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Journal Register

    Pros

    There are no pros. Management has made sure of that.

    Cons

    Abusive to employees, condescending and ignorant management. Petty and rumor spreading management right at the top in Philadelphia.
    It is a digital company yet all of our digital platforms are terrible. Pressure is over the top. Always on the edge of propriety, this company will do almost anything to save a buck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Philadelphia is broken, its time for the CEO to recognize that and change out top management in the region. There are serious problems and current management team has no idea to fix it because they are too worried about cutting costs and beating up their employees. They need a marketing degree and some decent people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Difficult company to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Torrington, CT
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Torrington, CT

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with and meet through community ties.

    Cons

    No communication, deceptive practices to employees and clients. The management cuts circulation without letting employees or advertisers know but continue to charge the same rates for less circulation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "feet on the street". We hear what the public is saying and what they would like to see (pay for) in your publications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Micromanaged stressful company

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Journal Register full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers who try to support each other!

    Cons

    Can't make up their minds as to what product we are selling today. One day you will be saying your product is better then another and then the next month you will be trying to sell the product you were calling inferior before. They have too many products which confuse the customers!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging employees and give them better training and make up your minds what you want the company to represent!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Journal Register full-time

    Pros

    Good company culture, opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Newspaper industry is not stable

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    AR / Credit analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AR/Credit in Madison Heights, MI
    Former Employee - AR/Credit in Madison Heights, MI

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

    Pros

    Successfully managed a daily newspaper in Ohio with over a million in outstanding receivables. Ran all credit checks to determine credit worthiness, determined credit limits. Maintained aging with making advanced credit calls, placing accounts with appropriate collection agencies, determine and presented quarterly candidates for uncollectable write off.

    Cons

    Uncertainty within the company structure, Journal Register filed for bankruptcy protection and the possibility of the company closing its Michigan operations has loomed more than once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strong detailed Bookkeeper AR / Credit analyst from the beginning of the loan or credit request using credit and financial software to determine the credit worthiness of the client. Monitoring Receivables and Credit within the organization and reporting to portfolio manager and upper management, along with appropriate credit reporting agency.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not where you want to spend your time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Journal Register

    Pros

    There is nothing good about working for this company. Absolutely.

    Cons

    Top/down bottom line management style more concerned with shaving pennies than paying attention to the needs of the community it "serves" or the interests of employees. If you want to work long hours for below market wages with the constant threat of layoffs, go right ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and stop chasing pipe dreams. You've wasted good opportunities by investing in the wrong management and the wrong ways to service your customers. You've forgotten what journalism is about. Hint. Its not about filling the "news hole."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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