Philadelphia Media Reviews

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  1.  

    Used to be better but who wasn't

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Philadelphia Media

    Pros

    Multiple tasks and projects for those who are willing to step up
    Open management style that listens to suggestions
    Free Newspapers and discounted subscriptions
    Friendly atmosphere
    No clock punching for certain roles allows freedom of time

    Cons

    Newspapers are in trouble
    Editorial content suffering from cutbacks
    No Pulitzer Prizes
    Smaller and smaller staff size increases workload on the good people
    Unions support of weaker employees hurts those of us who actually care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to suggestion more often
    Offer credit on money saving initiatives
    Push to deliver better content not just bigger names, people want to read the quality investigative material

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, clueless Sr. Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Philadelphia Media full-time

    Pros

    Most of the employees were hard-working and fun individuals. Certain departments developed a real family atmosphere.

    Cons

    The threat of lay offs was constant. Morale was horrible due to the constant lack of job security. If you are in the union, your life was a little bit better. As an independent, it was very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have wonderful, intelligent employees...use them. They will work hard and their opinions could help you turn around the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Dysfunctional

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    Current Employee - Var  in  Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Var in Phila, PA

    I have been working at Philadelphia Media full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Many good folks who will give their best in spite of it all.

    Cons

    Management is siloed, team cohesiveness is fractured and splintered, poor communications, patronizing....In short a new paradigm of organizational dysfunction.
    Bob Hall compromised his character and integrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Too many owners in too little time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Philadelphia Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people who work on the online side of the business know their stuff. They understand that the only way for a local newspaper to survive is to provide real-time, local coverage and monetize it via digital advertising.

    Cons

    Ownership changes have completely demoralized the workforce. Cost cutting and job eliminations have everyone on edge, and great work is impossible. The latest owners -- Interstate Media -- fired the CEO, CRO and CBO and re-installed a previous generation of leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Bringing back Bob Hall and Bill Marrimow was a clear signal that the company intends to move backward, not forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Run away as fast as you can.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Philadelphia Media

    Pros

    One of the oldest newspapers in the country and interested in forward thinking digital products. Coming out of bankruptcy in late 2010, there is a large focus on doing business in new ways with new management. For employees not in the guild, the work hours are very flexible and the small company size means ideas turn into actions very quickly.

    Cons

    The leadership here is atrocious. Most of the C-level employees would be directors and managers at other companies. New management has yet to lay out a coherent strategy and communicate it to employees. The company is rebuilding from the top down, which has led to lots of 'friends' getting high-level positions and consultant gigs with no experience to back it up. The company is home to two newspapers and a website, each which thinks it is the flagship brand of the company. This leads to huge territory battles and tons of confusion among employees. Financial thinking is all short-term, with credence mainly given to ideas that will produce quick gains regardless of their relevancy for the company and potential for sustainability. Salaries are entirely arbitrary and benefits are almost laughable for the 21st century.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Titanic about to hit the Iceberg

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Philadelphia Media

    Pros

    More concerned with final results as opposed to clock punching.
    Flexible if you need a few hours for a personal appointment or if you need to work from home on occasion.
    Recognizable name locally as well as nationally.

    Cons

    This company is like watching a gifted child being taught by unqualified teachers. Lots of potential, but Sr. Management isn't smart or ballsy enough to make the changes or challenge horrible ideas set forth by a revolving door of "many" owners/leaders so we can live up to our potential. Very disorganized, poor communication tactics and too many meetings with very little forward progress, if any. Questionable as to how they picked the Sr. Management team as well as the whack-a-mole style they use to fire them. Poorly ran HR dept with no follow thru and outdated benefits.

    Very little training and you can tell that a handful of people don't have the experience to back up the positions they're in. How they got there or why they were hired, is to be left up to the imagination. Questioning things only turns into another "meeting" with no plan of action or resolution in site. Lack of competent leadership makes it easy for those not pulling their weight to stay under the radar with no accountability. Nil in the raise dept unless you're a director (or above) or unless they have no other choice but to throw you a few bones because you've got them backed up against the wall and they need you in order to save themselves from looking even more inadequate. No action or plan B as to how they're going to keep good employees happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop acting like the popular kids in high school who feel that we all should be happy just to be seen with you. You have a lot of good, talented and loyal people who have chosen to dedicate their careers to you...don't take advantage of that! It's no secret the transition this industry is going through, but completely focusing on the bottom line and putting very little into the ideas and happiness of your current staff is a mistake. A plan of action should be set up not only on the $ side, but the employee side as well.

    Learn how to communicate to your staff and place employee relationships as high on the value chain as $ ones, or else you're going to continue to lose valuable employees to competitors and other avenues, while the quality of product continues to decrease and eventually ceases to exist.

    It's time to stop thinking reactive and start thinking proactive on ALL levels, before this ship sinks completely!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Original management excelent and then new management company deteroriated

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    Former Employee - Senior Acct Executive
    Former Employee - Senior Acct Executive

    I worked at Philadelphia Media full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some good managers. and publishers over the 10 years I was there Enjoyed working with the employees and the independence I was given

    Cons

    disorganized Pooer decison makers lack of advertising knowledge and what would sell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company sold due to poor decison making

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Very fir place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Philadelphia Media

    Pros

    Very professional, customer satisfaction of product is important.

    Cons

    Shift Work, long drive to facility from city.

    Recommends

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