Scripps Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Scripps President, CEO, and Director Rich Boehne
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Pros
  • hiring great people with diversity of thought (in 3 reviews)

  • The overall corporate feel is great (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management does keep the ones beneath them in the dark (in 6 reviews)

  • Higher-ups can be a little out of touch with the workflow of a current journalist (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Account manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Scripps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance is fantastic. Easy, relaxed environment. Great team to work with during hours and happy hours. Casual dress is nice as well.

    Cons

    Not a defined career path. A great stepping stone if you are looking to build your resume. Most grumble about finding purpose. You will most likely be carving out your own path to success.

    Advice to Management

    Management is extremely top heavy, an 80's structure. The company is still family owned and the board members are older. The company struggles as a whole to keep up with cultural diversity and industry peers. Scripps is the awkward parents that linger to long at your first teen party.


  2. Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scripps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Company is navigating some tough waters with regards to the journalism industry.


  3. Lots of Changes

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scripps full-time

    Pros

    The company is going through a lot of change after a merger and spin off. Some of the employees are handling the transition well. Others are handling it very poorly.

    Cons

    It is difficult to get a straight answer that holds true for very long.


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  5. Great Place to Grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scripps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    An environment that focuses on growth of their employees.

    Cons

    There are no cons - Scripps is a great place to work. I feel fortunate to be a part of an inclusive, uplifting company.


  6. Broadcast-Digital Sales Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Broadcast-Digital Sales Assistant in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Broadcast-Digital Sales Assistant in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Scripps full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Managers have the opportunity to be generous and flexible with employees. But they do not. Everybody is working harder. Everybody is under more pressure. Everybody needs more than what they are getting. All the time.

    Cons

    Extremely turbulent work environment. It can be difficult for sales employees to meet targets that qualified them for commissions. There are also internal complaints about how we mishandle customers daily. Work life balance is nonexistent, you are expected to be available to work all the time (weekends/holidays). Also if you enjoy being micromanaged this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    When training employees, it’s important to provide constructive feedback. A good manager is one that is “hands-off” and does not micromanage. Part of your role as a manager is to help employees learn and grow from their mistakes, not tear them down in front of everyone.


  7. Sales Support

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Scripps full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Air conditioned building and Nice location. The staff is generally nice. I have met some nice people. The turn over rate is pretty high.

    Cons

    Not a safe place if you are a female. Consistently getting beat up on from managers and corporate big wigs. Most Account Executives are the worse, they are given carte blanche over the office to curse and scream at supporting staff. I would leave bu I am the bread winner in our family. Avoid at all cost. No career path or advancement for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Management CANNOT be trusted. Anything spoken in confidence to HR is automatically is repeated to your managers. Don't ever trust anyone. I've witnessed a AE manager scream on several occasions and it was even recorded on cell. Nothing happened. The girl being yelled at was given a starbucks gift card and told to come back in the morning.


  8. Low comparative wages bad top management, poor hiring skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Naples, FL
    Former Employee - Editor in Naples, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A job is always what you make it and it's no exception in the newspaper division. The ability and room to do great work is there but you have to fight for it. Technical resources are good, the individuals producing most of the content are talented and there are a few good managers at individual properties. Good paid time off if you've worked there for some time and when I left, there were yearly cost of living adjustments starting to be made. Wages were still low overall.

    Cons

    Constant fear of being laid off. Zero loyalty at the corporate level for anyone at the properties. Do not ever think you are valued at this company in any way shape or form. You're 100% expendable and there to make money for the people at the top. Constant change and pressure to save the company because the folks at the top don't have the talent or the solutions, just the ability to cash big paychecks. Pay is not competitive relative to other media companies and it's like trying to get blood out of a turnip for any sort of a raise. Very shallow long-term news vision and they do tend to hire managers at the local level for reasons other than outright talent.
    Oh, benefits suck. Healthcare in particular. The only plus was the HSA you could open. No pension, small 401K match. Fleecing of the middle class.
    Very little upward mobility, especially to the corporate level. And if you're an actual news manager, and you care about the quality of news your paper puts out, it's a 24/7 job because they're so thin bottom, middle and top locally, you do the work of three people. They sure do talk a good game with values though. Their corporate HR folks are over the top and not in a good way. Make yourself look busy lately? How bout them 2 hour learning modules? Get 15 of those out this week? Hypocrisy is the name of the game at Scripps.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics, pay your people, inspire loyalty and stop protecting your own back at the expense of everyone else below you. Stop pretending to listen and actually listen. Remind yourselves how newspapers are a noble cause and a necessity in a democracy. Promote quality over clicks. Allow the journalists to actually be journalists and make their jobs easier, not harder, more convoluted and compounded with unnecessary tasks. But who am I kidding, no one at the top has the balls to make positive change and quite frankly, they don't care to. They're already making the big bucks. Stop promoting a falling sky and start promoting hope, diligence and a commitment to excellent news.


  9. Photojournalist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scripps

    Pros

    Good place to work at.

    Cons

    No cons to think of.


  10. Changes is the only constant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scripps

    Pros

    Great people in a great city. A lot of exciting changes going on right now.

    Cons

    The station has a specific look they are going for; if you don't fit you won't be around long.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people fairly; care about the work environment.


  11. Downward spiral

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    A few decent managers (those who were hired a long time ago)

    Cons

    Corporate is not looking at the needs for individual stations. They are making cuts if necessary positions to save money while making a budget for ridiculous things. The managers they've hired in the past few years are a prime example that you get what you pay for. Employees are worked to death then asked to attend demoralizing presentations to "encourage the heart". News flash.. They don't need it. You need staffing, support and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the needs of individual stations. Set them up for success. Use that money that I know you have to hire qualified employees and management. Stop those stupid leadership encourage the heart meetings. They are meaningless, demoralizing and don't tackle the real ills.



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