McClatchy Company Reviews

Updated May 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Art Director

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Art Director in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved the job itself. It was very creative and had lots of perks. I truly loved the people I worked with. I was able to meet so many interesting and creative people. I loved the daily work and the other designers and advertising executives I worked with.

    Cons

    Company treats people like a number. Anyone can be replaced in a moment. Fired 300 employees and expects those lucky enough to have a job to make up the extra work with no compensation

    Advice to Management

    have a heart/


  2. Helpful (1)

    Art Director

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Art Director in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The job was very creative and truly wonderful. Lots of interesting and diverse work.

    Cons

    The company considers all employees to be completely disposable. Complete disregard for human beings. you are a number. Constantly reduced benefits. They fired hundreds of people then expected those who were lucky enough to keep their job to make up the extra work with no added compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a heart.


  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Prepress Technician
    Current Employee - Prepress Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McClatchy Company part-time

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    worst company i have ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    have nothing nice to say

    Cons

    the company hacked our home town news paper to bits


  6. Helpful (1)

    Look elsewhere

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Use to be a good company, but currently there are no pros to add.

    Cons

    No work/life balance unless you are in upper upper management. Benefits and compensation are awful and they just implemented at two year wage freeze. No 401(k) contributions either. Company holidays are sparse. I could write a book on all the reasons not to work for this company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    A greedy, short-sighted company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a few good people in any company. This one is no exception to that rule. One can find good co-workers anywhere.

    Cons

    The tangible bottom line is everything to this company. Years ago they took on much more debt than they could handle, and they've responded by selling as many assets and laying off as many people as they could. Now their game is to hire as many part-time people as they can so they don't have to pay benefits. They make one bad business decision upon another, then make the rank-and-file employees pay the awful price for them.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Better off elsewhere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    you might have some good co-workers

    Cons

    bad pay, wage freezes, no 401K contributions. morale is not just low - it is dead.

    Advice to Management

    Get with it! Compensate employees adequately. Find out from accurate sources who the effective managers are (yes, this might mean talking to "lower level" employees) and get rid of the guys who are ineffective. And employees don't care that you had to take a wage freeze or small decrease in your salary when we are barely scraping by paycheck to paycheck.


  9. Helpful (1)

    poor environment

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The ability to work a flexible schedule

    Cons

    Salary, benefits, morale, no employee appreciation. Virtually no way to move up.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Nearly dead IT Staffer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time

    Pros

    Regular paycheck with a huge personal cost.

    Cons

    Managers will throw employees under the bus to save themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is expendable.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Where IT professionals go to die

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer
    Former Employee - Programmer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Little oversight, flexible job description. Once they hire you, they'll be afraid to fire you because it's hard to get permission to fill a position.

    Cons

    Salary, benefits, morale, no employee appreciation. Virtually no way to move up. Work load is past obscene, and all the way up to hilarious. Corporate system adds a lot of overhead to an industry that is already struggling.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to cut your way to profitability: the fat was cut a decade ago, the meat was gone in 2010, and now it's just bone that you're cutting, and it shows. The papers are tiny...Advertising takes the blame for slumping numbers, but the newsrooms have been cut so far that they have trouble filling the paper, while you make the same content available for free online...Why would anyone want to subscribe? The industry needs to adapt, and most management is just trying to hold on to their jobs until they can retire, while corporate keeps hammering on cuts in an effort to service their massive debt.



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