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Orlando Sentinel Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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 an 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    A long time ago, in an industry far far away

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Prestige. Back in the '80s and '90s, before the industry collapsed, it was meaningful to work at a newspaper. You felt like you were part of something big and important. Not so sure that exists today. Also, I worked with a lot of smart, fun colleagues who made the job enjoyable.

    Cons

    The HR politics were almost unbearable. It was difficult to achieve merit increases - even when the merit was obvious. Recognition and rewards seemed very subjective. But again, this is based on experiences from more than 10 years ago.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    A good company to work for. Great benefits, nice work environment.

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, good benefit packages.

    Cons

    The Tribune Co. is slow to recognize and mobilize for future opportunities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Good company, terrible management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel full-time

    Pros

    Good company, nice employees, cafeteria and gym on-site

    Cons

    No chance for advancement, low wages compared to the rest of the industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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