MediaNews Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. It was okay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, knowledgeable people to work with.

    Cons

    Management can't stay focused. Ruthless -- even to each other.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say.


  2. Unprofessional, Unethical, and Incompetent Management

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    Former Employee - Credit and Collections Specialist in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Credit and Collections Specialist in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, but benefits are poor.

    Cons

    Totally unprofessional environment and management (mainly in the credit and collections and cash dept at the SSC in Colorado Springs) has no clue what they are doing. They let people under-perform, call out as often as they want, and basically surf the internet all day with zero consequences. Then once management finds out, instead of punishing the low performers, they dump their work on the top performers, driving them out of the company (I was one of those people who kept getting more and more work, knew more than almost everyone there, but never was appreciated, so I quit). As a result, there has been an excessively high turnover rate with the company and even the temp agencies don't want to send any good employees to them anymore because of numerous complaints by existing employees. Several unethical things going on as well, it's a joke of a company. They never give raises and require that supervisors have bachelor's degrees, which is not a problem, except for the fact that that's all they require because the managers have no people skills or leadership skills whatsoever. I would not recommend this job to anyone in search of any kind of long term career.

    Advice to Management

    Get down in the trenches and actually learn what your employees are doing instead of just barking orders, having no idea what it actually takes to do the job. Get your sh** together ASAP, otherwise I would not be surprised at all to see this company go bankrupt in the not too distant future.


  3. Cash Aquistion Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Left alone to do job.

    Cons

    no review, never a raise. Only have to say something if negative.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employee they got you where you are.


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  5. Newspaper is dying - fast.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a few really good people. The Denver office is a very nice facility - but only until they are able to unload it.

    Cons

    Leadership is still trying to buck the downward spiral that is newspaper and failing. There is a policy of no performance reviews because a positive performance review might imply that a raise is due. There have been few if any raises for the last three years. They are still cutting expenses, i.e. labor costs at a tremendous rate. And, still no 401k match.

    Advice to Management

    Take a cue from Gannett and Tribune. Consolidate, centralize, and standardize your operations now rather than wait for everything to fall apart on it's own. Stop trying to make a content play in the digital space when the entire industry, especially the advertisers and marketing agencies, is moving toward analytics and operational efficiency.


  6. They think highly of themselves

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are in a dying industry and trying some really innovative ideas to reinvent themselves. Nice people!

    Cons

    No 401k matching. They will be quick to advise they offer a 401k, but they don't match. Company has many silos, and very poor internal communication.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication, break down the silos, get rid of the old guard, bring in some mid level to high level people from outside of the industry.


  7. It is an exciting place to learn many venues of the newspaper business.

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    Former Employee - Ad Assistant in Red Bluff, CA
    Former Employee - Ad Assistant in Red Bluff, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I won many awards based on my level of experience. My peers were n excellent source of learning my craft.

    Cons

    Lots of driving sometimes, 100 miles per day. Many accounts weren't disbursed very well to the right territories. My ad director had no experience in managing.

    Advice to Management

    Give the right person the job of working with employees. Make sure they are not in conflict with the staff.


  8. This company doesn't care about its employees.

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Estes Park, CO
    Former Employee - Reporter in Estes Park, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is big enough you can find a niche for your special interest(s) in journalism.

    Cons

    Dean Singleton is a miser. He grew up poor and instead of learning to care about those who work under him, he treats them as expendable. They pay low, poor if any benefits. They jimmied the heater so we couldn't turn it up in the winter. We were pretty cold. People started bringing in heaters and had them under their desks to keep warm. They had us working in the dark. I got eyestrain so bad my vision was blurring. They said they were willing to get me a lamp - as long as the price was under $10. I quit.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your employees do their best job when you treat them with concern and respect.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Low pay, dying industry, but kind of getting their act together

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    Current Employee - Copy Editor in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Copy Editor in Monterey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MediaNews full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    After years of floundering, Media News Group is finally making a serious effort to become a web-based news organization, having partnered with Digital First Media and substantially increasing online advertising sales. They now have a direction and a plan to save a dying industry be transforming it into web - and social media-savvy news organizationl

    Cons

    They pay is low, and there have been no raises for about five years.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to offer more training to your willing and dedicated employees, who work like maniacs for low pay because they love the news business. Work for them even half as much as they work for you, and they will take you to profitability.


  10. A great job, until the paper was purchased by a large media conglomerate and heads began to roll.

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    Current Employee - Design Editor in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Design Editor in Loveland, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great colleagues, and a place where a good degree of autonomy existed in which to do one's job, as long as guidelines and deadlines were met with regularity.

    Cons

    Underpaid profession. Print journalism is not the place to get rich, or even live comfortably.

    Advice to Management

    Management in a difficult position since sale of company to new overlords. New operational policies made it hard to continue to turn out a product in which one could be proud. Advise to management would have been to give greater weight to employees' opinions; they truly cared about their work, but the working culture sometimes created the impression that voicing opinions was an exercise in futility.


  11. It's a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro is you don't have to be that good to keep your job. You basically have to use a really bad word publicly to even get a notice.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. Lack of opportunities. Managment doesn't care and it shows. People who try to do a good job are just put aside so not as to threaten anybody above them. Serious lack of leadership, wimpy in fact. There are maybe two people in charge who can make a decision to save their lives. When mistakes are made, so are excuses depending on who made the mistake. It's always "OK' or 'fine."

    Advice to Management

    It really seems like they don't care.



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