McClatchy Company Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A greedy, short-sighted company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX

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

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

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good people in the newsrooms, but corporate ... ?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Reporter in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

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

    Pros

    Depends on the newsroom. Talented and experienced journalists and editors in many places. More autonomy for papers to cover their communities and maintain unique identities than other large newspaper chains. Credibility in the industry and really does attempt to "speak truth to power" when necessary.

    Cons

    The cuts. The salary freezes. The lack of 401-K contributions. The worsening health insurance. The layoffs. The lack of new blood and manpower due to hiring freezes. News web sites with more pop-ups than any except porn sites.

    Advice to Management

    Jeez. Where to begin? Your assets are your people. A 23-year-old college grad is cheaper than a 20-year veteran, but the difference in work shows - and the readers know it, too.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Better off elsewhere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    poor environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Nearly dead IT Staffer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McClatchy Company full-time

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Where IT professionals go to die

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer
    Former Employee - Programmer

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

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

    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.


  8. good company with a strong mission

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Reporter in Charlotte, NC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people who are comitted to the mission

    Cons

    hard industry with a difficult future

    Advice to Management

    please help


  9. Excellent culture, work environment and performance bonus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Accountant in Miami, FL

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great management from which you can learn a lot from.

    Cons

    Could use better support from Corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great selection criteria for candidates and formal employee review process.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Typical Newspaper Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McClatchy Company

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

    Pros

    dental and vision are pretty good. vacation time can be pretty good if you stay with the company long enough.

    Cons

    Company promotes work/life balance, but I have yet to see that actually demonstrated. medical coverage is not good - at all. they recently stopped contributions to 401K accounts. some divisions implementing mandatory furloughs. and I have been stuck at the same salary for the past 5 years. all bad signs.

    as an employee I feel pretty disrespected and abused by my boss and the company. All work, never any thanks.

    Advice to Management

    Bring some new blood into the upper ranks. You need to embrace some of the ideas from the "younger" generation in order to survive in these changing times.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Former employee at Fort Worth newsroom

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX

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

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

    Pros

    I honestly can't think of many. I suppose that the pay could be worse, and it is in some places. But the frequent furloughs tend to negate that aspect.

    Cons

    Corrupt middle and lower management, absolute fools in upper management. Lots of cronyism, favoritism, opportunism. If you're not part of "the gang," then beware. Promotions tend to follow the classic pattern of the Peter Principle, including the targeting of super-competent subordinates for eventual dismissal.

    Advice to Management

    To upper management, get a brain. To lower and middle management, get some moral fiber.



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