Paddock Publications Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. my review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Paddock Publications full-time

    Pros

    Family atmosphere. People really care here. Employees and managers are mostly passionate about their jobs and our industry.

    Cons

    Tight budgets, uncertain industry in general.


  2. Downhill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Paddock Publications full-time

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is it's low-pressure for a daily newspaper. People trust you to get your job done without being in your ear all the time. At least in my experience, it's a pleasant work environment.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is going downhill, wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Stop squeezing your employees


  3. So Much Wasted Potential

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    Former Employee - Advertising in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Former Employee - Advertising in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Paddock Publications full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, in a kind of folksy-dysfunctional way.

    Cons

    Top management lacks good business decision-making ability. Bad management decisions have hurt the bottom line on a fairly consistent basis. Promotions within the company are based on blood line or how much buy-in to the top tier management's BS.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from other departments than Editorial. Explore developing employees who don't have Paddock as a last name.


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  5. Good learning opportunity but limited

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    Current Employee - Editor
    Current Employee - Editor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Paddock Publications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The employees are wonderful. Strong commitment to community and profession.

    Cons

    Corporate leadership is dysfunctional and incestuous. Command-control management style and myopic thinking is disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with true respect by holding yourself to a higher standard. You owe it to them.


  6. Great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company Great people to work for

    Cons

    Salary and comm can be better


  7. Helpful (1)

    Family atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Assistant City Editor in Arlington Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant City Editor in Arlington Heights, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paddock Publications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a family atmosphere at this family owned company. You feel part of a team and that vibe can be inspiring and contagious.

    Cons

    The dress code is fairly strict to the point of being ridiculous. The contracting newspaper industry makes working for a newspaper company stressful at times.

    Advice to Management

    Relax the dress code. Do something about the lack of 401k contribution. Kudos on the efforts to build morale even as the industry faces more and more challenges.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great people, antiquated thinking by management

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    Former Employee - Account Executive-Advertising Sales in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive-Advertising Sales in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    the people are awesome. family like atmosphere. employees stay for a long time

    Cons

    Top sales management and management in general have a poor leadership quality and rationale when it comes to business decisions. It's the newspaper industry so what can you expect, a bunch of know-nothings trying to give advice to the sales staff when they do not even know what is going on in the media industry. The compensation is junk as well. Good place to work if you are right out of school to gain some media sales experience though.

    Advice to Management

    stop promoting "hoaxes and grandstanders" and promote the people who are selling successfully.


  9. Helpful (3)

    You don't want to work for a newspaper.

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    Current Employee - City Staff in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Current Employee - City Staff in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is enjoyable and some of the people who work there are wonderful. You're working on a newspaper; you have a chance to feel as though you're making a difference.

    Cons

    The 10% pay cut. The hiring freeze, which means if someone quits, their work gets divided among those who remain. The threat of layoffs. The inevitable decline of newspapers. At worst, it's a dying industry; at best, it's one that needs to reinvent itself, but nobody seems to know how. People are scared; morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    This company has way too many managers -- if you're looking to lay people off, look high rather than low. You are currently operating with a skeleton staff; how can you expect people to operate in constant crisis mode yet improve the product? And how can you expect people to stick around when there's little to no chance of advancement or a decent raise?



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