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Los Angeles Times Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
53 Reviews
3.5
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Los Angeles Times Co-President of Tribune Company Publisher & CEO of the Los Angeles Times Eddy Hartenstein
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good team environment, but mgmt needs improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -You're working with a historic brand, so you have a sense of pride when you go in each morning.
    -The work environment is very friendly. Everyone is warm and nurturing. Always there to lend a helping hand.
    -Very good work-life balance. There's a company gym. No long hours.
    - Good communication and synergy between the departments. Good team-building.

    Cons

    - There was high turnover due to the bankruptcy. Lots of layoffs and no job security.
    - Constant change of upper mgmt led to office politics playing a big role in who gets promoted, let go, etc.
    - Company was a bit slow to adapt to evolving technology.
    - Company goals and initiatives were too short-sighted at times. Went for immediate results and not the big picture.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles Times part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great environment, good people, and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    If your comfortable with your work and position there is no room for opportunity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great paper, great writers, many awful bosses

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time

    Pros

    One of the best newspapers in the country. The L.A. Times could give you endless opportunities to do great work. Most reporters there are helpful and nice. Some are byline whores who will steal your work and put their names on it, but that's probably the case most places.

    Cons

    Scary outlook for the future of the business. Many changes and layoffs. Many scared and unfriendly bosses. There are so many editors here who should have been let go decades ago that it isn't even funny. Of course there are some very nice and very good editors. Too many others are tired, disinterested but scared enough for their jobs to make your life hell. Some editors never should have been made editors -- they may have been good reporters but they are nightmares for anyone who has to work for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to get a real story on what managers are like, ask the lowest-paid, youngest and newest reporters. Some editors may be great if you are an "important" reporter. If you're just starting out, some of those same people are abusive, incompetent and dishonest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A shift in journalism

    Former Employee - Copy Editor
    Former Employee - Copy Editor

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Extremely smart people who know what they are doing; lots of veteran and seasoned journalists. The news i

    Cons

    It was become a place of just maintaining. It used to be called the golden handcuffs, now it's like walking on eggshells as you may be out. Sadly, there is tons of news that's NOT being reported. In a way, the Times is doing a disservice to community because there's a lot of corruption and crime that can't be covered due to limited resources and budgets.

  6.  

    Doing more with less

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    Current Employee - Staff Writer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Major metropolitan daily in diverse, exciting city with many complex and important stories to cover.Legacy of journalistic excellence. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Financials uncertain emerging from bankruptcy with new publisher. Transition from print to digital makes for high-pressure newsroom with different standards depending on the platform. Many waves of buyouts/reductions have depleted the staff of many of its most seasoned editors and writers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward excellence and experience at every level. Don't let journalistic standards slip in the rush to online.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced and extremely competitive.

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    Current Employee - Digital Account Executive  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can work independently and at your own pace. Great ongoing training, and management support.

    Cons

    Sales goals are unrealistic.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Jump ship before the Titanic sinks.

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    Former Employee - Sales Fulfillment Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Fulfillment Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition, impressive to outsiders.

    Cons

    The LA Times is big on hiring from the outside, forget about promotions internally. I felt like I was working at a new job selling different products with a different manager every quarter. This company has an identity crisis as the Newspaper subscription shrinks. It is desperately trying to find it's new identity and space in the Internet market. Expect to see layoffs galore even now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you are, stick to only a few products. Last time I checked, this paper was trying to be an advertising agency, and not particularly well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The good the bad and the ugly

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    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting work, great atmosphere , great co-workers

    Cons

    Terrible management in fear of losing their jobs inhibits creativity and growth for employees and the company. A disjointed lack of communication between departments; which leads to an inferior online product for the subscriber and inability to have foresight as to what issues may affect the subscribers reading experience. Shady layoff practices while hiring on site and off site temporaries, to replace those employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not sure if any advice would help the management. The Company is circling the drain and there was a lot of internal turmoil during a strategic time when moves for the online product should have been made The Times is losing is their own game.

     I would not recommend this company because the Newspaper industry has been cannibalized by progress as have a lot of other industries, I am afraid they are going the way of the dinosaur soon to be a big oily blob on 1st street.

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

    Not a good outlook here or any other newspaper.

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

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good location, good benefits, parking.

    Cons

    Very conservative, lots of long term employees with agendas from 1980's. The rotating cycle of management over the past 4-5 years, in addition to all that came before, makes it impossible to gain and keep any momentum. This on top of the decline of the entire industry and an inability to gain any ground on competitiors in faster moving digital only companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great experience for a budding communicator; lack of long-term career opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Online Editorial Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Online Editorial Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Times part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work environment with journalist and other multimedia professionals
    Flexible work schedule (online editorial assistants can work remotely)
    Interesting content

    Cons

    Lack of training
    Lack of career development opportunities
    Compensation isn't competitive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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