McClatchy Company Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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McClatchy Company President & CEO Patrick J. Talamantes
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Pros
  • great people who are comitted to the mission (in 3 reviews)

  • More autonomy for papers to cover their communities and maintain unique identities than other large newspaper chains (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Company promotes work/life balance, but I have yet to see that actually demonstrated (in 3 reviews)

  • Corrupt middle and lower management, absolute fools in upper management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Nice people, smart journalists

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various Editorial Jobs in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Various Editorial Jobs in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    For the most part, the people care about doing good journalism. Most are willing and eager to learn new technologies to do their jobs better.

    Cons

    Cutbacks in recent years have really hurt the mission. A lot of good reporters, editors and others have lost their jobs. The newspapers -- and their readers -- have suffered. Also, like many media companies, the older management types don't listen to the younger generation nearly enough.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and trust the younger, digital generation. Don't just say you'll do it -- actually do it. They're smart, talented and have lots of great ideas. There are still way too many old-school white guys in their 50s and 60s making all the decisions. Younger voices in management positions would be refreshing.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Multi-media advertising sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time

    Pros

    great communication, training and selling opportunities. Solid creative people to assist in ad creation/proposals.

    Cons

    low base salary - at times too much over-sight

    Advice to Management

    centralize some functions and therefore reduce overhead allowing for more money to compensate salespeople.

  3. Helpful (1)

    A great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Universal Editor in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Universal Editor in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at McClatchy Company part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Treated me fairly and there were opportunities to learn new skills and expand my experience.

    Cons

    Quite simply, the news industry is changing at an extremely rapid pace and McClatchy is struggling to keep up, let alone get ahead of the change.

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  5. Wonderful, professional media organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This company is very much focused on making the vital transition from print to multiplatform journalism.

    Cons

    None, except for occasional downsizing with little notice.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on your same course and thanks for the buyout!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Celebrates the smallest victories, but doesn't acknowledge the downtimes.

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    Current Employee - Prepress Technician
    Current Employee - Prepress Technician

    I have been working at McClatchy Company part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll work and support an institution and industry alongside people who share the same passion. Those people will likely be those at the specific newspaper you work for, not McClatchy proper.

    Cons

    Corporate management won't acknowledge layoffs of staff who have been loyal to the company their entire professional lives. Additionally, they are offering their part-timers no incentives to stick around, cutting jobs and available payable hours in what they refer to internally as their FRED Plan, citing it specfically as "cost reductions in production and newsprint."

    Advice to Management

    The newspaper business is going downhill, and your employees know it. Find ways to cut costs that don't cost others their livelihoods.

  7. Helpful (1)

    You'll learn a lot here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McClatchy Company

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Fair compensation, expect to work hard!

    Cons

    No 401k match, wage freezes, little room for advancement. Upper management has little idea of how their departments are run. Therefore decisions on staffing levels and proccesses are poor and just about cost. I have seen managers forced to keep incompetent, in subordinate staff because manager was not backed on action to improve performance of their staff. The department suffer and more and more work was given to the manager. The poor performing employee was kept on staff and very competent and good manager ended up leaving the company. New manager brought in is friends with upper management and will likely be kept this manager is technically competent but not open to new ideas and not a good people manager. She couldn't figure out our processes and blamed many issues on the old manager, which was not true. My poor performing Co worker put so much work on me I ended up leaving the company as well as I realized the new manager was in with upper upper management and nothing was going to change.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what it takes to run the department you are oversering. Recognize poor performers and back your manager in making them do their job or find another! Hire and keep competent managers!

  8. Helpful (1)

    Not enough support team members

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of freedom and incentives to bring in more revenue

    Cons

    No tuition assistance, no 401k match, very little fun, too many pointless meetings, not enough advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on the money and more on the people and the products

  9. A company that still cares about journalism.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time

    Pros

    Meaningful work, great colleagues

    Cons

    Media in this day and age isn't the most stable industry

  10. Helpful (1)

    Amazing people to work with!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Major Account Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Major Account Representative in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity of people and products and thoroughness of team training on these promotions .

    Cons

    KPI's not relevant across representative positions ...commission plan is geared for territory reps to be able to take the most advantage in manipulating numbers ....

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your reps!

  11. Corporate management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager in Bluffton, SC
    Current Employee - District Manager in Bluffton, SC

    I have been working at McClatchy Company full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very Fair Corporate management. Offering many opportunities for transfer.

    Cons

    Local Management left much to be desired

    Advice to Management

    Never place one employee of several performing same job and competing for same quotas as manager over others.

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