Landmark Media Enterprises

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  1.  

    Great Company that knows the meaning of teamwork

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Publication Assistant  in  Crystal River, FL
    Former Employee - Publication Assistant in Crystal River, FL

    Pros

    Landmark offers benefits, everyone is a team player who works towards common goals, and the company believes in recognition of those whom go the extra mile. They offer on-the-job training, workshops and betterment programs assuring advancement to those whom stay for extended time.

    Cons

    While the benefits and other perks make this job very rewarding, the rate of pay isn't always as high as it should be for each position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LandMark always hires from within first. The best way to get in is though a ground floor position and work your way up. The usually advance fairly quickly if you're a person with high skill level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    "A dying organization seeking relevance, not realizing that people and real journalism are the only ways out."

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    I was lucky and had excellent team leaders. My group, Interactive Media, worked semi-autonomously and generally had interesting problems to work on. As a designer, I had a fair amount of input in day to day decisions with regard to lots and lots of sites.

    Cons

    - Organizationally, Landmark has a massive, outdated hierarchical arrangement. To get the best work out of their direct reports, managers essentially have to lie and misdirect senior management—who tend to be meddlers and producers of strange, arbitrary goals.

    - The worst part is that the company is in perpetual financial straits, and as such layoffs are a constant possibility. Even so, senior management are routinely rewarded with lavish cash bonuses.

    - The hours can be long (which is normal in any kind of production work), but the goals were consistently unclear; a binge of long hours to finish a project could frequently be rendered pointless once a member of the leader team changed his or her mind on a whim after reading a management best-seller.

    - Stifling meeting and consensus building culture. Untold hours were spent in meetings combing over the most banal decisions in the most stilted language, and still no decisions could be made unless twelve people sat in a room together with the door closed—taking special care not to have anyone who would actually execute the plans within a 30-mile radius.

    - I'm voting "no opinion" on Frank Batten, Jr. because he's really more like a team owner. He gently roots for his team and enjoys his box seats and the Town Car they send to bring him to the games; it's the staff and team that actually wins or loses games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set middle managers free to do what needs to be done, or get rid of them altogether. There's no need for so many lieutenants. And (even though this is a long shot) enough with the hair-brained advertising schemes and interactive featurettes. If you hire excellent journos, and not just MBAs, people will come back to your paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Landmark Communications Is A Once Great Company Now Being Badgered By The Economy

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    It's a troubled company right now because of the overall downturn in the media business. Company is up for sale and morale is low in virtually every division. This will no doubt turn around when the company is sold -- and the recession ends.

    Before the economy tanked it was a wonderful place to work. The company is great at sharing financial information with employees. That means there really are no surprises from one quarter to the next. The company is also very family oriented and "takes care" of its employees. It's not suprising that many people have worked their all of their careers.

    Cons

    Currently, as of this writing in March '09, the bad economy is the biggest downside. Also Landmark is heavily invested in newspapers, and that industry is failing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a faster way to re-invent the newspaper business.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent company in a tough industry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Landmark was a good place to work because of the company's values of providing good products and service to customers and of having respect for employees.

    Cons

    Some of the company's businesses were being hurt by the shift of advertising and viewership/readership from traditional media to the Internet. The recession has also hurt sales of autos and homes and has reduced hiring by employers, which means that advertising revenue in those categories is down. As a result, Landmark had a substantial number of layoffs, particularly in newspapers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to follow Landmark's values.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Listen to your employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Executive

    Pros

    Gives you an opportunity to work in your community and help record important events that happen within that community.

    Cons

    The availabilty of advancement is slim and the pay isn't good compared to other companies. In these tough economic times jobs are being cut and it is difficult to work in such a streamlined operation with barely enough people to perform all things that need to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and realize they are on the ground floor working with customers and advertisers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Print media is still relevent, useful and appreciated by the masses - even in these days of advanced technology.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Design Team Supervisor  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Graphic Design Team Supervisor in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    There's a real sense of togetherness among the designers here at Landmark. Our current structure allows us to "share the workload" within most departments across teams which allows for a greater sense of unity. Most of the people that work here are dedicated, hard-working and talented. In our department, we're not looking for designers with just the abilty to design; we're looking for the full-package designer with design and customer service skills with time management abilility, and a team player mindset. Training opportunities are frequently available, and innovation is appreciated and nurtured. Overall, Landmark is a rewarding place to work.

    Cons

    Currently, our company is for sale, and will probably be sold in parts. This has been an apprehensive, yet hopeful time for us. We're hoping for a strong, visionary leader to step in and take us into their fold and allow us to grow.
    As in any media company, our morale is often reflective of the market. When the market is down, pressure for the advertising staff is up, and stress across teams can increase. Here at Landmark, and at many media companies, we've learned the only constant is change, and one's ability to surf the wave of change is vital to its survival.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be as transparent as possible in your leadership in that decisions are not blindsiding associates or defying basic logic.
    Promotions should be based on performance, fit, solid work ethic, integrity, loyalty and professional potential - not simple longevity or relationship.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Depends on the department and position

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    "Name recognition" in the local community. Certain positions/departments are a 'dream' to work for.

    Cons

    Certain positions/departments are a 'nightmare' to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employee surveys and act faster than 2-3 year cycles. Certain departments regularly show up poorly in the employee surveys. I saw long lags between the measurements and any action. And the action was sometimes laughable, like a "book report" to be done by the poorly performing managers.

  9.  

    Caring, motivating place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Executive
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Executive

    Pros

    Landmark's many types and sizes of businesses allow a variety of career advancement opportunities. They have businesses of all sizes in locations ranging from metropolitan to rural.

    Cons

    No cons worth mentioning in the ten years I worked there. My permanent family/farm location situation was the only reason I could not make use of the many opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Writer
    Current Employee - Writer

    Pros

    It is a fun job. Local co-workers are great. The respect in our office was good. Loved working in the town.

    Cons

    The company is poorly structured. Management does not reward good work. The company plays favorites with various outlets that are near headquarters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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