OPUBCO Communications Group Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. No place like The Oklahoman

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OPUBCO Communications Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with a lot of nice and competent people.

    Cons

    It's a newspaper, so where will it be in 5 years?


  2. Understaffed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Manager in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Service Manager in Norman, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at OPUBCO Communications Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company car with insurance and fuel paid for. Simple and not complex mentally. Nice people for not a lot of workplace conflict.

    Cons

    Position I have is salaried and they will work you 70 to 80 hours a week if need be and because they have shorted the staff it typically always needs to be. Upper Management not responsive to field staff concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your Field Staff and fill the positions that you said you would fill. Also Independent Contractors need better communication as well.


  3. Loved the people I worked with

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OPUBCO Communications Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people who care about the quality of the work they do, innovative/creative company over the years, community-minded, always interesting work with interesting people, place to learn and try out new skills. Looks like downtown move has sparked employee morale.

    Cons

    Struggling as most newspapers are (layoffs, cutbacks, uncertainty), so much work to do with fewer people, high-pressure daily-journalism environment, sometimes frustrating as leaders try to find the magic combination that will work long-term. while many outstanding people remain, so many have left in recent years.


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  5. Staff Writer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Being a reporter at a newspaper is a fun job. You never know what you will be doing from one day to the next. I also met many lifelong friends while working here. The other reporters and copy editors are generally talented and friendly.

    Cons

    Newsroom management is clueless at best and tyrannical at worst. There are certain top managers who have clung to positions for decades despite constantly killing morale by treating people in ways that no one deserves. The newsroom staff is less than half what it was a decade ago following several rounds of layoffs, but there actually added a top level manager that was totally unnecessary. Turnover is incredibly high as many experienced younger reporters have fled rather than face more rounds of layoffs and abuse from managers. The new owner is a snake who forced the newspaper to run a hit piece on a presidential candidate in 2012 from another of his publications that was extremely unethical, unfair, inaccurate and tarnished the newspaper's already tenuous reputation for lack of objectivity.

    Advice to Management

    Slim down top level management. We all know the realities of the newspaper industry. But the least you can do is make the job pleasant for those who have stuck around. The best thing that could be done is to wipe the slate clean on top level editors in the glass offices.


  6. Reduce pay and how's the loss looking?

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

    I have been working at OPUBCO Communications Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They now have as many managers in sales as reps. You have 3 new managers that are enthusiastic. 6 managers to 25 reps. Good job.

    Cons

    They've reduced base salaries of all reps by 35%+. You cannot earn commission, the goals are set wrong. You have a Sales VP that doesn't know what to do. The plan is hope. We all know about hope. Where is accountability for management?

    Advice to Management

    The owner better wake up. The sales reps have stopped working. Funny, cut pay, cut morale, cut sales effort. Duh. You have a bad reputation and no wonder. Advice to management? Look for a job. You're going to need it sooner rather then later.


  7. HR Coordinator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture. Competitive wages and benefits. Employee engagement driven.

    Cons

    Lack of engagement and accountability from upper management.


  8. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, coworkers and work enviroment

    Cons

    Upper management was hard to work with

    Advice to Management

    Don't micro manage


  9. Digital Marketing Dept.

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    Current Employee - Content Marketing in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Content Marketing in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growing segment of the company, forward thinking, isolated from conservative newspaper.

    Cons

    It seems like the department doesn't know what it wants to be yet.


  10. Excellent, family oriented employer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Newsroom Developer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Newsroom Developer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OPUBCO Communications Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong corporate culture, focus on people's home life, heavy emphasis on development and free thinking

    Cons

    The media industry is a slug fest right now, the external environment is hard to navigate


  11. Supported Growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OPUBCO Communications Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great HR team in a company looking for positive action to survive in a challenging space. Doing some exciting things to grow revenue. Are at the center of the community with proven commitment to Oklahoma City.

    Cons

    The decline of the newspaper business model. Salaries and benefits are supposedly not great, but they seem fine compared to other non oil and gas companies in Oklahoma.

    Advice to Management

    There are no silver bullets.



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