Los Angeles Newspaper Group

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Updated June 4, 2015
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  1. AE Review

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Newspaper Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Medium sized co. at Torrance Location. Great if you need to find someone to help you accomplish a task out of your area of expertise

    Cons

    Your manager can color your daily existence. While most of the time I had 2 great managers, one came in and made everyones lives miserable. He was later let go for harassment. Management brought him in from another co. to "move the needle", knowing full well there were harassment issues from the previous employer ( I know this because the hiring manager, myself and the person in question were all 3 from previous his- and the dirty secrets were not at all secret).

    Advice to Management

    Check references and pay attention to background red flags!


  2. reporter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles Newspaper Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get a lot of independence to cover what you want to cover. Your reporting passions are nurtured.

    Cons

    City editors overworked, so they don't have that much time to mentor you.


  3. Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles Newspaper Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Not many pros to mention.

    Cons

    Micro management to the core. Very low salary. Way below average.

    Advice to Management

    Your working with adults not children so stop treating them like kids.


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  5. It's very exciting to work on the digital team here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles Newspaper Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    My boss does not manage my time, he allows me to my work, and trusts me.

    Cons

    Working with some of the staff here has been a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. Terribly mismanaged at the top, understaffed and toxic, negative work environment

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    Current Employee - Reporter
    Current Employee - Reporter

    I have been working at Los Angeles Newspaper Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    If you like your beat, that helps you get through the day

    Cons

    This place is a cemetery of ambition.

    Advice to Management

    The editor sets the tone. When that editor is angry and complaining all day long, it takes a toll on everyone in the newsroom.


  7. A sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Reporter in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Newspaper Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    When I first went to work there, this was the little engine that could, a company with limited resources that hired smart, talented people who took pride in their work and put out a product that far exceeded expectations considering the limited investment put into that product by upper management.

    Cons

    That pride has disappeared as the product has become completely watered down. Business is now done on a shoestring. Layoffs have decimated the newsroom. Bad management and a toxic work environment have taken care of the rest.

    Advice to Management

    You have some young, talented people. Nurture them and let them shine. Don't hold them responsible for competing with the Los Angeles Times when you don't give them a tenth of the resources Times reporters are given. And give those young, talented reporters a reason to believe they have a future there.


  8. A decent place to work, but the pay and benefits were poor.

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    Former Employee - Staff Writer in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in San Bernardino, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Newspaper Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Freedom in story development is fair. A good starting job for a graduate who’s passionate about journalism. I say this because the local governments in The Sun’s coverage area are terribly corrupt. I great place for a young, energetic reporter to dig up dirt, expose malfeasance and build a name for themselves.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are lousy.
    The paper is shrinking due to less advertising revenue which results in less space for quality, in-depth reporting. Expect to mostly write quick hitters.
    Morale is low and turnover is high because the newspaper is struggling to survive due to the overall decline of the newspaper industry.
    Due to reduced staffing levels you’ll find yourself having to work more weekends than you’d like.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on in-depth reporting. Believe it or not, that's what people expect from quality newspapers. They're not interested in brief fluff pieces.


  9. Challenging industry, great comp plan

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    Current Employee - Advertising Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles Newspaper Group

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lot's of products to sell, great income potential IF you're good, starvation if you're not.

    Cons

    Disconnection of programs between cross sell properties. Non-producers take too long to get rid of, which brings morale down. Ongoing layoffs and cost-cutting have compromised the ability to get things done. News is the core product - unfortunately the world out there doesn't seem to realize the importance of the watchdog role and the "news entertainment" broadcast and internet sources have gained market share, even when it's been shown they prematurely report often unconfirmed things - America wake up!

    Advice to Management

    Coordinate the communication between properties better. Instead of spreadsheet obsession, manage the people and the spreadsheet will improve.


  10. Director

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    Former Employee - Director in Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Woodland Hills, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Newspaper Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Location is central and most of the people are great.

    Cons

    The industry is dying and management doesn't know how to save it

    Advice to Management

    Need to rethink the business model as newspapers can't do the same things they did 30, 20, or even 10 years ago. Key word: WEB


  11. Keep on trying

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Angeles Newspaper Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Dedicated reporting staff
    - Many chances to innovate
    - Committment to community journalism

    Cons

    - Compensation is lacking
    - Understaffed
    - Lots of internal politics
    - Lack of coordination between newspapers
    - Staff asked to take on many additional duties as positions were eliminated

    Advice to Management

    You change targets too quickly. Plans are implemented and rejected before they have time to take root and work.



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