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Updated Jul 5, 2014

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3.1 68 reviews

63% Approve of the CEO

Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank A. Blethen

Frank A. Blethen

(38 ratings)

39% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee benefits and work/life balance are good(in 6 reviews)

  • paid well, good people, interesting business(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Newspaper industry is facing tough times(in 6 reviews)

  • The business model is broken, and has been broken for many years(in 4 reviews)

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    How much longer?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsHopefully they will be remembered fondly in the future.

    ConsIt's been heartbreaking to see the company fall apart over the last several years. The Seattle Times once stood for something and was a company you could be proud to work at, sadly that has changed rather dramatically in the last 3+ years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to implement your exit strategy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Company at War With Itself

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company is divided by the Newsroom managed by the Writers Guild Union and a hodgepodge of adrift employees organized under what was once called the New Media Department. The Newsroom is by far the best part of the company. It has somehow managed to stay professional, independent and excited despite the economic realities of the industry.

    ConsThe New Media department was a short lived experiment. Its incompetence in management and the war Frank Blethen continues to wage with the Newsroom Unions has left the future of the Seattle Times in doubt. What is left is a group of nepotistic appointees by Frank Blethen and a few middle management directors struggling to remain relevant within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs the company sells of the remaining assets to stay afloat it needs to double down on its online strategy. In the past the Newsroom has had to use strikes to correct the mismanagement of the Blethen family. They may need to do that again order to gain control of the online strategy and hire a *single* general manager to advance that strategy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low morale, even lower pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe people--met a lot of great friends and enjoyed working with most people
    The work (when we had it)--lots of variety
    The location--up and coming SLU

    ConsTerrible conditions. The company was always telling people how terrible they were doing. I worked there for almost 5 years and never heard a positive word. It was depressing. There is a union that a lot professional jobs fall within--it creates an odd dynamic--the union workers vs. the management. It's not comfortable at all. I'd never work anywhere that has a union again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out how to get rid of the union. It really creates a lot of animosity that is unnecessary. Plus the union does nothing except take money from people who need it! Figure out how to be positive in a depressing industry.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lacking knowledgeable leaders

    Sales Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prosconveniently located, dedicated to quality journalism.

    ConsThe executive team is out of touch with current marketplace with regards to sales. They rested on circulation and national advertisers for so long that when the advertising well dried up to other, more proven advertising options...they chose not to react and instead stayed the course on the sinking ship.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire someone that actually has successfully led a sales force...(outside of print)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    IT Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prospaid well, good people, interesting business

    Consindustry is dying, profits are down

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great paper, not so great employer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsIt's a great daily newspaper and an excellent product

    ConsThe business model is broken, and has been broken for many years. Little feedback is requested or considered from current employees and support staff, and recent management decisions have left little confidence in the paper's future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to your support staff instead of eliminating them and hiring management teams with no plans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Limited future

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorthwhile community-focused values and mission.

    ConsInnovation is hampered by roadblocks and politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's winding down quickly

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsIt is not a cut throat culture. Think the movie "Wall Street" and take the opposite and that is much of how the culture is at The Times. Currently, the health care benefits are really good. As a category (news), it felt good to be contributing to that effort.

    ConsPoor leadership... risk averse... still living in 1985 in how they (leadership) thinks they are perceived by both the community and the advertisers... comp is not competitive... Having more than two years of "Seattle Times" on your resume isn't considered positive with many employers... Unless you NEED a job today, don't send a resume.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf Frank wants to set up the Times for the 25 years after he retires, he will hire outside the newspaper industry to make the difficult decisions he has been unwilling to do to reshape the company. If not, just sell to McClatchy and let them straighten things out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lacks integrity

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe people I worked with were awesome. I have made some great lifelong friends at the Times. Convenient location, close to bus lines. Brand recognition.

    ConsRather than venting about everything I didn't like about this job, I'll say that overall the Seattle Times lacks integrity in relation to their employees. I worked here twice---two years the first time, then I moved out of state to care for family members. When offered the sales position, I was told that I could easily make the money I was looking for. A few days into the job, I learned that it wasn't even possible to make that amount because of caps on commission. When I left, they tried to deny my unemployment, which I appealed and won.

    A few years later, I came back for a temporary position that was supposed to turn permanent. When the permanent position became available, I was told that although I was meeting my goals and was a great contributor, they were not offering me the position because I have a foster child with special needs and I took too much time off for my child's doctors appointments. How much time is "too much" you ask? Once a month I had to take off an hour or two early to take him to the doctor. I always made up my time and finished my work, yet although several others required special accommodations, the one accommodation I needed "didn't jive well with their busy call center environment"...by busy they meant about 20 calls a week between 6 account reps. They actually told me that FMLA doesn't apply to my family...doesn't the "F" stand for "Family"? So, they won't employ a foster parent who cares for special needs children, but they sure will boast about their donations to their Fund for the Needy.

    There are so many issues in this organization--micromanaging, managers who won't listen to employees' ideas yet blame those same employees for the failures of the organization, it takes forever to get promoted or move to another position within the company, management spends lots on money on band aid solutions that don't work, but will not even consider long term proven solutions if they cost money. While I was there the second time, they hired a "consultant" that had just been terminated by another failing paper, to come in and consult on how to get more business. Her consulting consisted of taking some of our ideas and relaying them to management. They spent money on this! Yet when I actually researched what other successful and GROWING papers were doing and made suggestions based on what they were doing, my ideas were laughed at.

    Ah well, so Seattle Times is not the employer for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire your managers based on their qualifications and expertise, not based on who they are friends with. Listen to your employees and trust that sometimes they know what will work better than upper management does. Stand behind your word.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Would not recommend

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe benefits are pretty good, and they provide you with tools, ie, laptops, ipads, etc to do your job. Flexibility to work out of the office

    ConsNot a forward thinking company. Not a good place to work if you are an innovator or want to embrace the new digital age.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet on the same page with each other and cut dead weight.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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