Richner Communications Inc. Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
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  1. Growth mode

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    Current Employee - Sales in Garden City, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in Garden City, NY

    I have been working at Richner Communications Inc.

    Pros

    It feels great to work for a company moving in a direction of growth as opposed to selling off products. While those around us in the print media world are selling off, RCI is buying or looking to buy new products. It makes me feel more secure about my job...no layoffs. And as a member of the sales dept, it's nice to always have new products to sell...more oppty to make money.

    Cons

    Not enough time to get everything done...usually very busy. Sometimes long hours just to get all the work done and getting in touch with all clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Overworked and underpaid

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    Former Employee - Art in Garden City, NY
    Former Employee - Art in Garden City, NY

    I worked at Richner Communications Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The editorial staff is made up of some really great people who are very easy to work with.

    Cons

    Management is a problem. Certain managers cannot run their department in the best way to suit the people who work under them and take out their frustrations on everyone around them. The staff is overworked since there aren't enough people to do the jobs that need to be done. The pay is incredibly low for the amount of work you are expected to do. If you ask for a raise you will be told that there is no money, yet they keep buying additional newspapers for you to work on and you are never compensated for this additional work. The health insurance rates are raised every year but you will never receive a cost of living increase to help pay for that insurance. There is no real room for growth and there is a complete lack of training to help you excel at your job. You are barely ever appreciated for what you do, no matter how many 12 hour shifts you will work in one week and then will be denied overtime at the end of that week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your managers are doing and how they treat the people in their department and others in the company. Walking around the office, you will never hear the attitude that comes from them since they will put on a fake front when they know you are making your rounds, so either you or human resources should randomly check in on employees and find out how the managers run the department, you might be very surprised with what you find out. Find out what your employees need to excel at their jobs even more, which would help in benefiting the whole company. Respect your employees, encourage them when they do a good job and pay a better salary for the amount of work you want them to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Stay Away! Far Away!

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    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Garden City, NY
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Garden City, NY

    I worked at Richner Communications Inc. full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people there are pleasant to work with

    Cons

    This company is very unprofessional in it's dealings with employees. The pay is not competitive, so unless you have a spouse that makes enough money, you'll end up needing to get a second job. There are no raises or promotions. You're just a cog in the wheel here. The overtime hours are horrendous, and if you are given a set 'schedule' at your interview, just know that it won't be followed. So if you have a family (or want a social life) look elsewhere for a job where you can leave at 5:00. There is overtime pay, but it must be approved, and many times, it was just left off my paycheck. You have to be careful, as they will try to get away with things like that. The lunch is only 30 minutes, so even if you work 12 hours, which happens often, you still only get a half hour break the whole day.

    Some of the people there (including management) are so unhappy/overworked that they create a very unpleasant atmosphere for everyone else. Lots of yelling and you'll end up feeling like you're walking on eggs most of the time.

    The medical benefits are insulting. Your share will be about half of your paycheck and you don't find this out until after 90 days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to care about your employees and compensate them, and treat them with respect. Get rid of the people in management who can't handle their jobs and who make people miserable. There are many nice unemployed people out there that would appreciate those jobs. Insist on a more professional and pleasant office environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Unhappy since the first month

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Garden City, NY
    Current Employee - Reporter in Garden City, NY

    I have been working at Richner Communications Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you like writing, you get to do a lot of it.
    Staff in lower positions tends to be made up of very good people.

    Cons

    Inept leadership -- CEO runs the business like a petulant child at times.
    No real room for growth
    Management doesn't care about employees
    Ideas discouraged and never followed-up on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try treating the employees like they're people instead of just numbers in a book. The turnover rate is ridiculous, and it says so much about the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Too Much For TOO little

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Richner Communications Inc.

    Pros

    Personable Staff, create small close knit environment.

    Cons

    Too Much work with out enough hands or hours in a day

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Led by Human Beings

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    Former Employee - Editor-In-Chief in Garden City, NY
    Former Employee - Editor-In-Chief in Garden City, NY

    I worked at Richner Communications Inc. full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Bi-weekly management and weekly editorial staff meetings offer opportunities for communication between publishers, editors and staff. Flexibility as much as a career in journalism allows and when I had a family emergency the day before we went into production (husband had a heart attack and went to the hospital), the publishers were willing to let me leave my work to be with him and complete production remotely from home. I will never forget this.

    Cons

    Low pay for the job results in less-than-qualified candidates being hired; there was inadequate staffing for "real" news coverage. Be sure your values are aligned with the management's if you want to be happy. Bullying was allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reflect on your own role in the failure of the staff as you encourage them to reflect on theirs and address it.

    Approves of CEO
  8. Learning experience that ended with closed doors

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    Former Employee - Editor in Garden City, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in Garden City, NY

    I worked at Richner Communications Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible working environment, nice facility, relatively easy-to-reach location.

    Cons

    Poor management communication, weak benefits, little respect for employees' personal situations, low salary, culture of gossip and secrecy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Company with no values

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    Former Employee - Editorial Side
    Former Employee - Editorial Side

    I worked at Richner Communications Inc. full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros to working for Richner Communications -- only pros despite working for this company.

    Cons

    The upper management ranges from incompetent to sadistic, sometimes a little of both. Innovation is punished, creativity is stomped and anybody who cares about the quality of their work is quickly driven out because the management is too short-sighted to see beyond a quick buck. The company constantly blurs the lines between editorial and advertising goals and managers goes out of their way to make the experience of working for them as unpleasant as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. I found the newspaper business to be interesting.

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    Current Employee - Sales in Garden City Park, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in Garden City Park, NY

    I have been working at Richner Communications Inc.

    Pros

    The managers are competent and hard working, and most of the staff are pleasant to work with.
    It gives one the opportunity to meet with a variety of small businesses and professionals.

    Cons

    The work is under appreciated by senior management and the opportunities to earn a good income are limited. There is a shortage of support staff to complete projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Overworked, under paid, and under appreciated

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    Current Employee - Display Sales Representative in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Display Sales Representative in Bronx, NY

    I have been working at Richner Communications Inc.

    Pros

    as an outbound sales person you can leave the depressing office which is falling apart. The best part is building friendships with clients

    Cons

    extremely under paid, lack of leadership, poor management, and a general atmosphere of not caring about employees. They nickel and dime you at every corner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire the management start all over, pay a living wage and stop nickel and dime"n your workers!! Treat them with respect

    Doesn't Recommend

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