Omaha World-Herald Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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  1. Review

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

    I have been working at Omaha World-Herald full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people in the trenches; great brand; impactful in community

    Cons

    hard to get decisions made without having to go through inordinate # of hoops


  2. Omaha World Herald

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

    I have been working at Omaha World-Herald

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Everyone is very nice
    -Hours are flexible
    -Location is prime
    -Friendly staff and management
    -Offers benefits
    -Cafeteria in building

    Cons

    -Pay is low
    -Paying for parking is not fun
    -It seems like we can never get anything approved: computer, printer, plans.
    -Commission plan is low


  3. The company has changed a lot in the last few years

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

    I worked at Omaha World-Herald

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good co-workers,some opportunities

    Cons

    Employee morale is low, many benefits have been eliminated

    Advice to Management

    Become more customer focused


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  5. Okay place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Account Executive in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Retail Account Executive in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Omaha World-Herald full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An iPhone is provided for work and $30 a month will be withdrawn from your check for the personal phone use portion. Or, you can choose the monthly stipend of $50 to keep your own phone and use it for work as well. Mileage is also reimbursed for outside sales reps at $.33/mile. The harder you work, the more you'll get paid. But, if you aren't hitting 95% or higher towards your goal each month, you won't be making much in commission. The big money is when you are consistently hitting above 100%.

    Cons

    The computer systems are highly outdated - by about 7-10 years. Laptops/iPads are not assigned to reps which makes it very difficult to sell the digital advertising side without being able to show the customer the digital product (other than showing them on the small screen of the iPhone that is provided by OWH). The managers tend to be micro managers. The job can be very stressful at times.


  6. Loyal workers but short-sighted leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Editor in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Omaha World-Herald full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly and courteous staff of co-workers. Opportunities for promotion if you match the desired profile.

    Cons

    Company executives and managers impose intimidation tactics over incentives to get their way. Extreme lack of ethnic diversity. Major business decisions gone bad forced the company to be sold a few years ago. Many worker benefits have been slashed or eliminated altogether such as pensions, 401(k) matching, and giving bonuses instead of raises.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot slash your way to prosperity. Cutting worker pay and benefits (via layoffs or otherwise) to protect executive pay and benefits will eventually wreck the company. Consider the teachings of Peter Drucker on executive pay. And reconsider the teachings of Robert McNamara and modern MBA theory.


  7. Beware

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

    I worked at Omaha World-Herald (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    It was once a great and proud profession, so your older relatives will be impressed that you work for a newspaper. There are a few good days where quality journalism rises above the shallow muck that fills the website, but those days are growing fewer and farther between.

    Cons

    Good 'ol boy club style of management where problem managers are promoted up an out of the way. A steady rise in the do more with less mindset. Lack of raises, bonuses or even praise for working long hours under difficult conditions. The future is bleak. The general public and advertisers are not willing to pay for what they currently produce.

    Advice to Management

    You are not as smart as you think you are. Listen to the experienced, productive people in the room, not the political animals who will tell you what you want to hear.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Sales in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Omaha World-Herald full-time

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

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule, decent benefits, great resume builder, paid time off, etc. It's a friendly atmosphere and there are reward ceremonies for sales execs. You see the CEO at many of these, which is rare for large companies.

    Cons

    The goals are increasing from the month before from 4-15%. These goals become very difficult to obtain because you max out your territory. You end up just selling to sell, and losing sight of what is best for the customer. There can be too many tiers within the company. No room for growth.


  9. Good Ol' Boys Club

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

    I worked at Omaha World-Herald

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

    Pros

    Mostly friendly corporate culture. You work with people you can go to lunch with. It's a good place to be FROM.

    Cons

    Men rule, women drool. Non-equal pay for equal work. Men are prized in this bigoted atmosphere. Pay is incredibly low at all levels but that is probably true for other newspapers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally.


  10. If you have a life this may not be the job for you

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Omaha World-Herald part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The peace & quite of early morning and if you're lucky a free newspaper

    Cons

    Bad hours, unsympathetic management, Amount paid is sad for amount of work,

    Advice to Management

    If someone gets injured on the job asking them to finish their job BEFORE seeking medical attention is not a way to win points w/ employees.


  11. Opportunity for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Omaha World-Herald

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Non-stuffy atmosphere. I enjoyed the people I work with.

    Cons

    The Newspaper business isn't doing well, so I was personally concerned for chance of growth.

    Advice to Management

    Marketing and finding ways for the OWH to succeed is key!



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