Pioneer Press Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Account Executive

    Former Employee - Account Executive in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Pioneer Press full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They provide fairly good training . The people are very friendly. They don't require overtime since it is a union mentality. It can be a fairly stable job if you pass your 6 month probation.

    Cons

    It is a challenging industry right now causing more stress on all the employees. It's a very "top down" management style. Management really doesn't value the employees opinions. It is a union company. Pay hasn't kept up with the times and the benefits have gotten worse. It used to be a better company to work for.

  2. Don't

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    Former Employee - Desk Editor in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Desk Editor in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Pioneer Press full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working on the section fronts was fun.

    Cons

    If you are not in the click you will not be heard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management people who know hat they are doing and have some experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. The transition the company is going through is ethically challenging.

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    Current Employee - News Reporter
    Current Employee - News Reporter

    I have been working at Pioneer Press full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Able to become a part of the communities reporters cover.

    Cons

    No real place to work, so reporters are limited to public facilities like libraries, coffee shops and restaurants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more empathetic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. A shadow of it's former self

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    Former Employee - Editor in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Editor in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Pioneer Press full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people they work hard, write well and genuinely care about the city they report on. They really are the more talented journalists in town.

    Cons

    The state of the newspaper industry and an attempt to turn toward technology a little too late. It has only lead to buyouts and layoffs year over year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trimming, the fat is gone, you are cutting vital organs now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. At one time, this was a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pioneer Press full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Being in The Newspaper Guild meant you got a fair wage and benefits. A union is good for both employees and employers.

    Cons

    As the newspaper industry changed, management put employees on furlough and really shrunk the staff. This drastically lowered morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees in the loop about how the company is doing. Don't keep everyone in fear of losing his/her job, because it's scary and bad for morale. If you're dumping employees, get rid of managers, too, not just the union members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. A media company in transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pioneer Press full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    With a recent round of buyouts and layoffs comes more responsibility and an opportunity to try new roles and develop new skills.

    Cons

    The paper has lost advertisers, employees and news space in the last several years, leaving it a diminished version of its former self.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate strategy and vision with entire newspaper. Our industry is in turmoil and we need a shared goal across all departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. overall satisfied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pioneer Press

    Pros

    good group on team, well organized and willing to share expertise

    Cons

    low end workplace physically - dirty, worn carpets, junky desks, broken chairs

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