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Morris Communications Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Ok.

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    Former Employee - Associate Art Director  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Morris Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers and location in Charlotte was great.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive relative to similar publishing companies.

  2.  

    good experience within each market but corporate is a nightmare and out of touch

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at Morris Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great office environment and colleagues were very professional. decent work life balance. you get great experience in the tourism and travel industry.

    Cons

    management is totally out of touch. vastly underpaid compared to the market and give out no raises nor any reviews. no leadership from the top they don't care about growing their employees. its a lot of cut and replace if you are not making numbers. everything is all about the numbers. no budgets for anything. do not give the sales team the tools they need to be very successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no personal growth for employees hurts morale. could spend a little more money of taking care of your employees who are overworked currently anyway. nickle and diming everything is frustrating and again hurts morale that the corporation is not supporting their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Old media company out of touch with new world media technology.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Augusta, GA

    I worked at Morris Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Office was nice.

    Cons

    Little investment in new publishing technology. Was like pulling teeth to get a broken computer replaced. Very slow decision making process, a lot "red tape" with a over staffed executive group. Meetings to discuss having meetings. By the time a decision is made the world (competitors and customers) have leap-frogged ahead. Downtown Augusta is a nasty pit and I never really felt safe there even during the day. Family owned company with typical dysfunctional family dynamics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get lean and mean with the executive staff. Streamline the decision making process so company can be nimble and responsive in a fast changing media business environment. Listen and act quickly on input from front line employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company. Tough industry.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morris Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of resources to make the sale.
    Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Tough industry nationwide.
    Not a fan of some of the management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Management can be funky

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    Former Employee - Advertising Department  in  Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Advertising Department in Augusta, GA

    I worked at Morris Communications full-time

    Pros

    Interesting place to work. There is always something new and there are benifits

    Cons

    Management is strange. People get shuffled around easily. Lay off's are not uncommon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company that does not value their employees where it counts

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Morris Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Talented, good people across the divisions--everyone is friendly and helpful

    In my division, there is opportunity to innovate, which has been important in publishing's uncertain environment lately, but there is little support for technical innovation at the corporate level

    Publishing provides interesting, satisfying work, no matter how discouraging the work environment is

    Cons

    Salary cuts and no raises for 6 years has resulted in very low morale and many of those good, talented people have jumped ship.

    Corporate micromanagement has made it impossible to replace staff positions. And forget promoting from within--this is not encouraged--or you get a promotion with no increase, which is really about taking on more work and responsibility for the same pay. The message is: If you are a manager, you are not trusted to make any decisions for your staff. In general, as an employee, you are not valued here.

    Bad corporate business decisions have led to waste and misuse of valuable resources. Technical resources, both hardware and people, have been gutted. Very sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Publishing as an industry is still in rough waters, but to succeed, you need to identify your most valuable assets and steer your resources to them. Your assets are the talented, hard working people who continue to create and produce high quality content. Identify the people who have the proven skills and vision to move your company forward, and give them the trust and tools to innovate. Or, continue to distrust and devalue your employees and you will continue to decline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Part-time and low pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morris Communications part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people I have met at work are all very nice. The building and facilities are all very nice too.

    Cons

    They seem to prefer to hire part-time only employees at least for the Control Board Operators. The starting pay is well below (nearly 50% below) the national average. The equipment is about 10 to 15 years out of date even though they claim it is fairly new. The equipment is clumsy to operate and hard to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade the equipment and automation systems, especially the Traffic and Operations systems. Increase the starting pay and hire full-time employees. The full-time employees will be better motivated and better able to stay in practice and thus perform better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great, talented people that are being hurt by a toxic corporate culture

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    Former Employee - Editor
    Former Employee - Editor

    I worked at Morris Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Wonderful, bright talented people in local and regional offices.

    -Lots of editorial freedom.

    -Publications are high-quality and are products you can be proud of. One can accumulate good clippings here as a writer, editor and graphic designer.

    -The company is fair when it comes to reimbursing employees for travel expenses and gas mileage.

    -You will meet a lot of great people from all across the country and expand your network here. A good way for a young person to get a sense of how corporate America works.

    -Several women hold high-level positions in this company, not common for a company of this size.

    -You will learn all the ins and outs of publishing.

    -After working here, you will develop such a thick skin that you'll be able to work anywhere, and no one will be able to scare or intimidate you.

    Cons

    -Upper management bullies employees, and the company tolerates this, and this negative energy trickles down and affects everyone. Shrewd, nasty emails and conference calls that ended in screaming matches were commonplace during my time with this company.

    -Because the company is pretty large, there's a lot of red tape to get things done for your specific market and to get a question answered.

    -You will be doing the work of 3-4 people, especially as an editor, graphic designer, account coordinator or production manager -- and you won't be compensated for it. You can also expect them to dump more new projects on you over time without a raise.

    -This company spreads everyone, in all departments, way too thin, including people in high positions. Everyone seemed overwhelmed all of the time and had a short fuse. I'm sure this had a lot to do with the layoffs -- but once a company sees that it can get away with less, it will.

    -Telling upper management that you are overwhelmed and need help or assistance is looked down upon at this company -- you will get zero empathy and will be told "too bad," and will hear how rough everyone else's workload is. The company just cannot seem to understand why one person can't handle an amount of work that is unreasonable for one person to do by themselves, and that the amount of work expected sets anyone up to fail. There are editors who work alone in the entire office -- and have to write all the articles, gather all the photos, approve all the layouts and be responsible for the final copy editing, on top of that, for several magazines. Each graphic designer has to layout a ton of magazines, for several different cities, at once. One production manager is responsible for tracking several products in numerous cities.

    -You will be on the phone, a lot. Conference calls with offices in other cities will take up a lot of your time -- which majorly detracts from getting any actual work done while you're in the office.

    -Because of what I've stated above, work-life balance at this company is non-existent, there is no sympathy for working parents here -- I noticed many people in upper management in this company do not have children. The workload and demands makes it very hard to make and keep basic appointments, like going to the doctor, much less take a vacation -- even for a person such as myself who was single when working here. This company also does not believe in or enable employees to work remotely from home.

    -There were quite a few layoffs, around the country, with no warning.

    -Employees were forced to a pay cut and their 401Ks were not matched when the company was having financial problems. I don't know if this has been fixed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Each local office could use some autonomy from corporate. Georgia is not the center of the universe. Recognize that each market you do business in is very different. A one-size-fits-all approach does not work for each part of the country.

    -Upper management has to stop bullying employees. I don't know why this style of management is pervasive and allowed in this company.

    -Make your employees feel valued with a decent benefits package.

    -Each office that has a magazine should at least be able to outsource for a part-time copy editor. It's ridiculous to expect one person to write all the stories, listings and copy edit several publications.

    -A company-wide instant messaging system could help employees in different cities and time zones communicate much easier, and could alleviate the time-wasting conference calls and hundreds of emails.

    -Let your employees work from home or remotely when they need to. It's 2013 and many companies have embraced this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    An Okay Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Representative

    I worked at Morris Communications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You will get good experience and get to work with a variety of people. The company offers okay benefits while the pay is not ideal.

    Cons

    The compensation was a lot lower than I thought it would be when it was explained to me. While most people were great to work with there were some unprofessional individuals who thought cussing and bullying was the ideal way to get their point across.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your employees both financially and with more organized training. Also don't tolerate those who cuss, bully, or act in an unprofessional middle-school like manner that makes the work environment hostile and unpleasant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morris Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    there are nice people that work here who want to put out a good product. the work is interesting and can be exciting and engaging.

    Cons

    lack of communication with upper management and those who do the work. there is a great lack of project management and little to no proper training of new employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get advice from employees about work flow and efficiency. involve the employees in contributing to the evolution of the company. there may be tidbits of genius that are not being explored due to ego of upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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