Providence Journal Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. A once-great company has gone downhill

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    Former Employee - Advertising in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Advertising in Providence, RI

    I worked at Providence Journal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's exciting working at a newspaper. Something is always happening. You feel like you are part of an important part of our country's culture.

    Cons

    In the past, when the company was owned by a private family and later by the Belo Corp., it was an excellent place to work with good salaries and decent benefits. However, in 2014 it was purchased by GateHouse Media, and they got rid of many people. GateHouse outsourced many jobs. They want people to work for half the previous pay. Morale went way down and stress went way up.


  2. OWNED BY GATEHOUSE MEDIA. See GATEHOUSE MEDIA

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    Current Employee - Multi Media Advertising Sales REp in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Multi Media Advertising Sales REp in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Providence Journal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Go to GateHouse MEdia for the reviews and truth about what is happening currently at the providence journal newspaper

    Cons

    Great local institution was bought by GATEHOUSE MEDIA. Terrible transaction in September 2014 and is tragic to see a company taken to the chamber.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the paper to a reputable group who are locally based and are interested in the growth of the Rhode island economy


  3. Amazing place to work. Nice area in Prov. near food, etc. Right off the highway. Great IT team. Really nice environment.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Guy in Providence, RI
    Former Contractor - IT Guy in Providence, RI

    I worked at Providence Journal as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay (it's Providence, not Boston). IT director lets you do your job. No micromanaging there. Nice vibe, lots of mostly friendly and interesting people (reporters and photographers). The fact that the majority of employees have been there 20, 30, or more years speaks to what a great place this is to work.

    Cons

    The print industry is suffering and they've downsized significantly. Maybe if some deep-pocketed investor (hello, Mr. Buffet?) swoops in that'll change.


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  5. Salary and colleagues made it enjoyable, more in the beginning than toward the end.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI

    I worked at Providence Journal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You work with some really talented people – writers, photographers, editors, designers, and illustrators (once upon a time). The salaries were once considered quite high because of the union, but they have not increased as steadily as they once did. Also, the 'us against them' feeling never seems to lessen.

    Cons

    Uncertainty is always the cloud hanging over you. There are not that many employees under 30 and longer. Cuts are always in the air and you could be the next one. Management seems wary of making meaningful and bold decisions and rarely asks for input from those in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Ask their opinion. Every person I've ever worked with there cares 100% about the success of the company. Tell Texas why what they think will work best actually won't.


  6. A good thing to do with your life.

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    Former Employee - Artist in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Artist in Providence, RI

    I worked at Providence Journal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Salaries are good, people are great, work is rewarding. All ideas are welcome and encouraged. Just a lot of smart people working together.

    Cons

    Moral is a bit low due to current economic situation


  7. Tough to move the needle

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI

    I worked at Providence Journal

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fair pay package
    good people
    great market

    Cons

    tough environment to accomplish goals and make a difference. too tied to the parten company and not able to be nimble and agile to respond to opportunities in market. environment characterized by how difficult something is/.why it can't be done versus whats possible

    Advice to Management

    communicate with staff on issues and opportunities. foster an environment of whats possible and what can be done. reward innovation and new ideas and risk taking


  8. Poor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director
    Former Employee - Executive Director

    I worked at Providence Journal

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good people that care about journalism.
    good opportunity in the market to deliver audience needs of advertisers

    Cons

    inable to proactively manage change. out of touch with value proposition in the market.
    parent company kills any sense of initiative and new ideas

    Advice to Management

    fish or cut bait- dont pretend you want to change or get better if the only thing that will happen is what the parent company wants. dont have people go through the motions



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