SF Newspaper Co.

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SF Newspaper Co. Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Creatively satisfying, but little benefits to support living in an urban environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SF Newspaper Co. full-time

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to choose stories and topic areas of coverage. Strong embrace of social media in news, management encourages you to think outside the box to bring in new forms of digital reach.

    Cons

    Limited space available for what is written because of the tablet format. Stories are held or scrapped completely with little or no warning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont take your employees and their talents for granted. Could be a little more transparent, you are working with journalists after all - they ask questions for a living.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    A learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SF Newspaper Co. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good compensation, simple product, nice people.

    Cons

    Challenging environment. Disconnected senior management. Short sighted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope the current owners can do better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Buyer Beware

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SF Newspaper Co. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good opportunity for junior sales reps interested in establishing themselves in SF Market

    Cons

    High Turn over, no support, high quota expectations, quality of the editorial is an embarrassment and upper management is beyond a huge mess. Lots of politics and favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix internal operations, communication and treat your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Editor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SF Newspaper Co.

    Pros

    High intensity and medium responsibility, a great place to work if you like a fast-paced environment, also very deadline driven

    Cons

    Long hours, late nights, a lot of confusion at some times. But, for a budding journalist this could be a great job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better compensation and more flexible work hours and perhaps employee satisfaction would go up a bit; otherwise great job

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    Considering working for The San Francisco Examiner or SF Newspaper Co.? Read On:

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    Former Employee - SF Newspaper Co. Examiner Advertising Sales Representative  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - SF Newspaper Co. Examiner Advertising Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SF Newspaper Co.

    Pros

    If you are new to the industry. If you really want to get newspaper or advertising experience. If you want to get advertising experience and they offer you a territory with a good amount of existing revenue already established. If you have received and offer and are allowed to interview some of their existing employees before deciding on the position.

    Cons

    They do a great job misrepresenting the income potential by advertising six-figure income for advertising reps when only one rep in the whole company earns that. There is just something about The Examiner that the end user (advertisers) just dont like or respect; changing that perception is a very difficult thing to overcome. Extremely high turn over rate- something like 30 people fired in less than a year including upper and mid management. The high turn over rate makes advertisers wary; right after a relationship is established the advertising representative is no longer working there and then the next rep has to start over from scratch. Sloppy work environment with dated technology makes for inefficient use of time. They tend to blame the employees for lack of revenue when it is actually The Examiner's inability to evolve into the modern world.....they will never really know what potential they could have had because they never listen the employee's feedback....employees are the people who are on the ground-level listening to the advertisers needs, wants and pains every single day, learn from them dont just dispose of them. Also, since you have to pay for your own benefits at The Examiner, shop around outside of what they offer and you can pay less per month for better benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes time and effort to establish a relationship with customers. When an advertiser has had multiple reps over a short period of time it makes The Examiner look unstable and I know I would not want to invest in an unstable company. I have seen this at other organizations and fought hard to overcome it for my own personal growth, and really guys you are shooting yourselves in the foot when you "slash and burn". If you yourself cannot practice what you preach as in close business from the ground level, maybe you should look at yourself and The Examiner's total value proposition and make a change for the better. If you can sell what you insist the ad reps sell, prove it and then fire them....I think you will find it a humbling experience. I mean really, if someone told you that they could do your job better even though they had never really walked in your shoes, you'd heartily laugh at them right? That's what you are doing to your employees. You will never find the "perfect" employee so maybe you should do what successful companies do and invest heavily in the employees that you haven't fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Advertising management is the biggest mess you have ever seen

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SF Newspaper Co. full-time

    Pros

    If you are smart, you can learn what you need to and move on
    Some really great people have worked here

    Cons

    With lay offs of around 85% in only 11 months, constant threats from Corporate that payroll structures/commission will be changing for the worse soon, the environment to say the least, is not a very pleasant one or one I would recommend to anyone.

    Responsibilities among staff are not distributed equally at all. In fact, it is apparent that some workers are blatantly favored in the work place due to "office" politics.. With the ones who are paid the least doing the most work and in turn, not respected for their contributions. On more than one occasion, I have seen employees do all the work for a project, and instead credit taken from someone who was not even part of the project. The worst part is the managers know the environment is hostile, but they keep it quiet because they have no idea how to retain employees.

    Management (includes VPs & Corporate) has found itself in position of managing, although they have no qualifications or skill set. In turn, you see a very high turnaround, low salary offer, and no improvement for a company that is already not profitable at all. When managers who have no ability to think strategically are put in charge, it's no wonder the company loses long term clients on a regular basis.

    Employees are constantly blamed for the company not being profitable and for revenue losses month after month.. if only the company could look and see that the real problem is the management and their inability to work not only with their staff, but provide the company with some type of insight on the needs necessary to bring about a turnaround.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your competitors more thoroughly: I have heard many times the Chronicle directly compared as Examiner's competitor. However, it seems that most of the staff (Including Corporate) has no idea how the Chronicle is profitable; it is definitely not selling print ads like the Examiner does.

    Consider investing in management courses--- Golden Gate offers very affordable options

    Consider investing in a PR firm to counteract the negative connotations associated with the Examiner brand

    Respect your employees or you will never be able to retain the few that you have not already fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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