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Pros – People worked hard and benefits/salaries were good.
Cons – Company was not run well as a business. The layoffs were brutal.
Advice to Senior Management – Don't start up a company unless you have a sales force in place.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – I was an intern with Patch in summer 2013, and my colleagues there treated me like I was on their level. They recognized that I had potential and allowed me to take chances with my work, and I proved that they could trust me to do as they asked. The job is also a great way to get to meet new people, because it was community-focused journalism, which helped me get out of my introverted shell while learning new journalism skills. Was definitely a good fit for me! It kept me as busy as I wanted to be, but working from home was a perk.
Cons – The only disappointing thing was that the sites in Washington state are no longer staffed. My internship ended early because of company-wide layoffs, and it was not fun to go through that process.
Advice to Senior Management – For those regions where Patch still has staff, find ways to keep it going! Get to know your community members, and continue the camaraderie among the staff that helped make it such a fun job.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Plenty of opportunity for career growth.
Cons – The company could not sustain its own growth.
Pros – Started with a great vision for news, but got bogged down in advertorials and yard sales. I liked the autonomy, that they gave us good tools (in the beginning) and that we were covering places that newspapers had long forgotten.
Cons – No real plan for advancement for editoris, too many weird ideas about edit that came from new york and not the field, penny pinching towards the end.
Pros – It was a fun place to work as the company was growing, and many of us were passionate about what we were doing, worked hard but played hard and we learned a lot very quickly.
Cons – Poor communication between HQ and the field and company grew too quickly.
Pros – Great people, inspiring mission, exciting ramp up and some really great work done by a lot of dedicated journalists.
Cons – It was too unwieldy to last for long, despite everyone's best efforts. Not sure why, even now.
Advice to Senior Management – Don't give up.
Pros – There is an incredible need for hyperlocal journalism in the 24/7 model. Audience loved it when we gave them the tailored content that worked in their particular communities. The next iteration could capture this massive market!
Cons – Mixed messages, cross purposes conspired against sustained growth.
Advice to Senior Management – Start small, solidify the model for success, then pick it up and replicate. Do it patiently, with purpose and focus, and it will spread like wildfire.
Pros – The job enabled me to network in Silicon Valley.
Cons – The job expectations led to burn out.
Advice to Senior Management – Management should commit to a list of deliverables for a sprint.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – AOL dumped a crazy amount of money into the idea.
Cons – Nothing like the training you go through. Very inefficient internally and operationally confused. Management is unsure of how to lead from the front. "Do as I say not as I do mentality."
Advice to Senior Management – Train your employees on a regular basis rather than burn them out and hope the numbers fall in your favor from the amount of calls they are making. Educate them on best practices frequently, and encourage time spent AT WORK to research industry statistics. 10 Engaged employees are more valuable to a company than 20 burned out employees. High turnover from poor leadership.
Pros – Many of my co-workers were lifelines during the constant upheaval of working at Patch.
Cons – So many to mention: top management had no clue of what was needed, necessary and viable out in the separate Patch towns. Instead of bombarding the editors with one corporate initiative after another that just caused more work but no results, why not help us do our jobs better? Hiring advertising staff might help to bring in money.
Advice to Senior Management – Go back to business school and learn how to run a business successfully. Don't take millions in pay unless you have good results to show for it.
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