Press Enterprise

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Press Enterprise Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
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  1.  

    Some great folks, lacking direction

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    Former Employee - Sports Reporter in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Sports Reporter in Riverside, CA

    I worked at Press Enterprise full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great technology, swanky offices, nice location (for Riverside) and awesome people to work with -- for the most part.

    Cons

    It's a newspaper, and while some of the higher management is earnestly pushing to try new things without fear of failure and adaptation, a lot are content with the status quo and more concerned with saving their own skins than trying to define the future of newspapers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Was a fantastic place to work but no longer!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great staff of reporters and photographers.

    New Editor seems to be fair with employees and does care about the quality of work produced. He was a great reporter.

    Cons

    Middle to upper management no longer care about the quality of work produced. Local section is full of stories written by the companies the story is about. Any bylines that say "contributed" are usually written by that specific company, then sent to the paper, then they print it. Hard to be fair and balanced that way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does not care about advice!

    They will do what they want. First managers harass employees about web, web, web and tell employees that print does not matter...... Now these same managers talk about how great it is doing print! Hard to trust editors/management who have no journalistic integrity.

    The paper has no leadership!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people but too small staff for heavy workload

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Riverside, CA

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

    Pros

    -- Flexibility in dress code and time shift starts
    -- Intelligent, creative nature of the work
    -- Exciting news room culture when breaking news happens
    -- Outgoing, collaborative relationship among coworkers

    Cons

    -- High stress
    -- Inadequate office space with no amenities like free coffee
    -- Lack of communication or well-organized planning from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop aggressive expansion of product without keeping or hiring necessary personnel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    New owners are a train wreck

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA

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

    Pros

    Longterm employees still care deeply about providing a great product for the community.

    Cons

    New owners in Orange County cut the top level of management in Riverside and are running it like a bureau. Mid-level managers in OC, already struggling with the unrealistic demands and assumptions of the new owners, no longer care about what happens in Riverside. New owners dismantled the digital operation and dropped the hyper local zoning, two of the few success stories in Riverside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the staff and the market. Be truthful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Delivering papers is great for the anti-social

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    Current Employee - Newspaper Delivery in Bloomsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Newspaper Delivery in Bloomsburg, PA

    I have been working at Press Enterprise part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, nobody to deal with. Early hours, your whole day is free.

    Cons

    Nobody wants to fill in for you, and it is 365 days a year. Beats up your car a bit and eats gas unless you drive a compact car.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find subs to fill time off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Low morale, but good people

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    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Account Executive in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at Press Enterprise full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good people, willing to help you and down to earth.

    Cons

    Newspapers have it rough! Morale can be low at times and I've been through lots of layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real with your staff. They can tell when you are blowing smoke.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Learned a lot, worked hard and met some interesting people.

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Riverside, CA

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

    Pros

    The editors were friendly, knowledgeable and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management (especially Belo in Dallas) had no idea (nor did they seem to care) what was going on in Riverside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry about your "underlings" and "the little people" that make a newspaper go. Look at something besides the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A learning experience

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    Former Employee - Designer in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Riverside, CA

    I worked at Press Enterprise

    Pros

    Coworkers become close friends being down in the trenches together
    Strong sense of journalism ethics among employees
    New building has windows (old building did not and smelled like mold)
    Strong sense of community in Inland Southern California
    Good place for an entry-level position — lots of learning the first two years

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs
    More emphasis on the bottom line than on doing good journalism
    Out-of-touch Corporate bosses in Texas that don't have journalism experience, nor do they care to learn about their product
    Little opportunity or encouragement for skill development — some employees were punished for taking community college classes because management thought if you improved yourself, you'd quit
    Little opportunity for advancement, and some people who were promoted were not qualified for their new positions but were sent up the ladder because of favoritism
    Too much emphasis on web hits via open comment boards on the website — it needs to be better monitored than it currently is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't overlook the hard workers, and don't punish those who want to become better workers. Remember, more skills benefit the paper, not harm it. Work for the people, not for the advertisers.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    great until the management and economy changed

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Press Enterprise

    Pros

    great support, great products available for the end user, great relationships made, great name in the community, they are a giving institution-giving I mean back to the community

    Cons

    mid management at the time had their personal favorite employees and those employees always got the good end of the stick. There was not room for fair advancement unless you were a favorite.I cant think of much other than that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am sure it has changed much more and I have not heard much lately

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Improvement Needed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Press Enterprise

    Pros

    The Press Enterprise tries to do and does good jounalism and the people who work there on a whole are honest and hardworking.

    Cons

    Lack of support at times from managers; not enough ways to move up in the organization; a few mid level and senior managers who really are not qualified for their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step back and let the journalists do good journalism; promote the people who've worked hard and deserve a promotion rather than the unqualified; hire more people to keep others from overworking.

    No opinion of CEO

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