McClatchy Company Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Media Consultant in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Media Consultant in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, positive work culture, great product

    Cons

    Base pay is low, As an Account Executive, they needed to do more account reviews and move accounts around based on performance, product knowledge and best "client fit" and not base it on AE seniority. Reps needed to use more creativity and consultative sales approach.

    Advice to Management

    Hire open-minded, fair, experienced, positive leaders.


  2. Growth Plans Underway

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting opportunities for advertisers, investing in a lot of neat prodcuts

    Cons

    cheap on some things, they could invest more in better resources and training


  3. 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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Universal Editor in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Universal Editor in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Amazing people to work with!

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    Former Employee - Major Account Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Major Account Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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!


  7. Corporate management

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    Current Employee - District Manager in Bluffton, SC
    Current Employee - District Manager in Bluffton, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Interesting digital play from a brick/mortar company

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    broad name recognition, media expertise, profitable

    Cons

    too much stake in newspaper business

    Advice to Management

    be nimble, fail, learn


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great camaraderie among staff, harsh directives from corporate owners

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    For size of city, downtown Charlotte is relatively livable. Affordable housing nearby, and good transportation options. (But suburbs can have nightmare traffic.) Project were enjoyable and supported. Colleagues were collegial. Good fit for a young professional.

    Cons

    I wasn't fired personally, but firings were frequent and seemingly arbitrary -- often coming as RIF percentages from corporate. It all contributed to an atmosphere of fear.


  10. Changes are coming

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    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Columbus, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very positive atmosphere - we WILL beat the odds and all the naysayers for the newspaper business!

    Cons

    Recent layoffs have had a demoralizing effect and increased workloads. Mandatory salary cuts and benefit decreases certainly don't help either.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking ahead and be proactive instead of reactive - but realize your best resource is your employees and treat and reward them as such. Loyalty is no longer a foregone conclusion from the employee when it is not reciprocated by the employer.


  11. Lots to learn in difficult times for newspapers

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    Current Employee - Support Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Support Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people - its like a family, interesting technologies, plenty to learn, easy to ware many hats, ability to think independently and come up with out of the box solutions.

    Cons

    Management is useless and tends to throw unnecessary road blocks in front of progress. No guidance on direction from senior management. You can can be the best and be layed off while other under performing employees remain for years.

    Advice to Management

    embrace quick implementation of new technologies and trends. Reducing head count is hurting you at this point - try coming up with ways of creating larger profits rather than cutting people.



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