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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
10 Reviews

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  1.  

    The best journalism internship ever.

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    Former Employee - Education Reporter  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Education Reporter in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    I was given lots of independence in everything from scheduling to story content. Fantastic editors, warm environment, showers on-site so I could go to the gym before work, and decent pay for a journalism internship.

    Cons

    Even though people were very kind and friendly and supportive, the mood was often subdued as more people took buyouts and did more with less -- like everyone else in print journalism.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mailer

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    Current Employee - Mailer  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Mailer in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    Its easy money to be made

    Cons

    When we run out of work we have to clean up for hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its ok so far

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, good variety of work, poor management, terrible compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    The people and the variety of the work you are able to do

    Cons

    Management is only concerned about one thing: revenue. Leadership is non-existence. There is no guidance or training by managers. The pay is terrible and they undervalue their employees. There is no work-life balance. You are expected to bend-over backwards to work for them whenever they want or need you to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    was good now not so much

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    co-workers, sometimes fun trips and perks

    Cons

    media is changing, you can save the paper with the internet. focus on what was good- great content and delivered to a large audience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you can spin it however you want-- but you need to figure out a new way and its not by hoping the internet, mobile, social $$$ will replace your core business. Classifieds are gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    It is OK for a start in the professional job world

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Worked at the Journal Sentinel for over a year part time. Can be a fun place/environment to work in depending on the department. Decent experience for those just coming out of college with no other experience working in a professional work environment.

    Cons

    - Higher up management does little to help and does not listen to suggestions
    - Increase in responsibility is rewarded with pressure and nothing else
    - Instead of hiring for full time they continue to hire more part-time employees
    - There are those employees who do not do their jobs after years with the company and have not been fired
    - There is very little time for training a new employee
    - Many employees come and go within a year
    - Does not always feel like a professional work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From my point of view it seems like the higher ups really do not care that the company is slowly falling. I do not see any change that will lead to a more sustainable future for a company that is mainly deals with a printed product that is going out of favor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Nothing But a Paycheck..

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    Decent pay. Nice Co-workers. Close to home.

    Cons

    Hard hours. Poor management never willing to help. No criticism or feedback. Lazy leads don't want to help out and just surf the web.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to force us to recite speeches over the phone and lie to our customers on a constant basis and actually fix the problems that cause people to hate our paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying hard to be relevant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people. Creative workplace. Diverse work force. A lot of effort has gone into encouraging use of new technologies and social media. Experience in experimental story forms.

    Cons

    Top-heavy with managers who contribute little and are a drain on expenses as a result of multiple buy-outs/layoffs.
    Long hours, little recognition for long-time employees. A hiring manager once remarked loudly: "A good hire stays 2 years; a bad hire stays 10 years." So much for loyalty.
    Newsroom culture favors outside candidates over internal candidates, leading to terrible morale. Loyal employees denigrated and pigeon-holed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the courage to face up to who really needs to be cut loose.
    Quit favoring outside candidates; give insiders a chance to advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, questionable leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    Experience in dealing with multiple management/operations issues. Great opportunity to assemble a management philosophy in a ever-changing environment. Good experience with managing budgets, human resource functions, and operations.

    Cons

    Leadership provides no support and does little to understand subordinates' jobs or responsibilities. Expectation of being on call 24/7. Mounting responsibilities with very little appreciation and/or monetary increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more and do not go after them after they are respectfully critical about the manner in which operations are running.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    If you need the money it's OK but it is not a career

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    Current Employee - Independent Contractor  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    It is a great second job for people looking to earn some extra money. Most of your work hours will fall between 2am and 6 or 7am.

    Cons

    You can not always count on being done by 7am. If papers are late you will have to wait and you are still expected to do your route even if it causes problems with your primary job. You work seven days a week and are expected to find your own replacement if you need time off. You will never see a raise and in over 10 years I have seen 3 paycuts. By the time you caculate your expences you can expect to earn about $8 or $9 an hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In most cases management is understanding to family situations. Most managers realise that this is a second job, however if you would like to retain quaility employees you might want to consider a reduction in upper management vs. constant reductions in the pay of your delivery force

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Typical cronyism

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good comradery amongst peeps. People making the best of cards they are being delt by upper management

    Cons

    Lack of Direction from upper management. Not necessarily evaluated on what you know and how you perform but who you know

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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