Orlando Sentinel Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
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  1. orlando sentinel needs focus

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel

    Pros

    lots of perks from big company

    Cons

    very top heavy in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promises are made that are not followed up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. It was a great learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orlando Sentinel

    Pros

    You get to work in the newsroom around the reporters. Pay is good. You know what you're supposed to do and what's expected of you.

    Cons

    It seems with the newspaper industry in a decline, there are few opportunities for advancement. Management seems a bit jumbled.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Company in transition.

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    Former Employee - Ecommerce Representative in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Ecommerce Representative in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People were friendly, work was interesting and steady. Management that I dealt with was sympathetic and honest and tried to help the best they could.

    Cons

    No raises for 3 years, outdated media format as papers are slowly dying. High turnover rate and transition, as positions were always being eliminated, most times without warning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better salaries. More transparency when it comes to the companies financial situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Going, going, gone.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and fun atmosphere. I liked being part of an industry with integrity. It was great to be a part of that energy.

    Cons

    No advancement & very poor salary. I was told by several people that the only way to advance was to leave & then come back with more experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I tried everything to move out of an administrative role, but remained stuck. I took classes, attended every corporate event & training possible, but had to leave in order to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  6. Seen better days

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers, compensation for employees who have worked there a long time, flex time, benefits at one time.

    Cons

    Managers don't seem to care about retention of skilled employees. Horrible morale. Management is inconsistent. Vision is unclear. No raises in years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your longer-term employees better. Be more professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Best of times, worst of times

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    Current Employee - Journalist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Journalist in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Orlando Sentinel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Despite the troubles in the newspaper industry, the company continues to hire -- particularly young people with digital communications skills. For digital and video experts, and those who are social media savvy, the the arrow is pointing up.

    Cons

    Because of the troubles in the newspaper industry, the appeal of traditional journalism is waning. Uncertainty with the company's direction also contributes to heightened stress; only employees who fit the new digital paradigm seem to be valued. Depleted staffing means wearing many hats without accompanying compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel full-time

    Pros

    Great Management. Great stories. Great people

    Cons

    Newspaper are shrinking. Money is tight and the product is changing dramatically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the time that you have left wisely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Watching a great institution slowly die

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orlando Sentinel

    Pros

    The Orlando Sentinel features a casual atmosphere and some truly great co-workers. There is an in-house Nature's Table that is run by friendly folks. The work can be satisfying and being in downtown for lunch is a plus. It's also great to work in the free press and contribute to the intellectual health of the Orlando community.

    Cons

    There is no nice way to put it, the company – like the rest of the newspaper industry – is dying. The customer base shrinks every year and results in more and more layoffs and other cutbacks. The state of the building itself, with it's depressingly grey halls and crumbling exterior, is an ideal metaphor for the health of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of print – yesterday. Double-down on online and internet classifieds, look into the mobile market as the next major growth area, and get out of that building. Sell the prime spot in downtown Orlando to a developer and use the cash to relocate to a smaller, cheaper and better-appointed facility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Think Twice

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    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people who work extremely hard with little resources.

    Cons

    Low morale, no raises in years, poor leadership, and there is less content in the paper and advertisers continue to bail out leading to the decline in revenue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. Total Nightmare

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    Former Employee - Customer Service, Call Center in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Service, Call Center in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Management hosts game events on sales floor to promote competition between employees

    Cons

    Very little pay, No room for advancement, bad location, rude staff, slow computers, maximum stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start all over or just shut down completely

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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