Seattle Times

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Seattle Times Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
75 Reviews
3.4
75 Reviews
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Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank A. Blethen
Frank A. Blethen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee benefits and work/life balance are good (in 7 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The biggest negative, of course, is what's happening to the newspaper industry (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Continuous improvement and a great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has been reinvigorated with new mid and senior level management, new technology & digital products, an emphasis on excellence, and a drive to be the best. The integrity of the paper and the news team in unmatched.

    I've worked at great companies and horrible companies, and I honestly rank this one as one of the best. The people, atmosphere, culture, work-life balance, and initiatives really make this an enjoyable place to be. I have only been here for under 1 year, and have heard stories about the way things "used to be". I can't speak to that, all I can reference is what is going on now - which is great!

    Cons

    The parking lot was sold and parking at some point in the future will be, interesting. While not really a con because it is good, the 401(k) match could be a little more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice that comes to mind is - have some company-wide social events. Holiday party, summer BBQ, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent, ignorant and idiotic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Display Advertising in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Display Advertising in Issaquah, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times

    Pros

    None...oh WAIT!...unless you don't want "management" to notice that you come in to work at 10 AM... three days a week,,. and don't bother to work two days a week, or more. That goes for employees AND management. What a gig!

    Cons

    Not dying...dead. Utter incompetence in management. They hire any warm body who dares to darken the dungeon door of a dying beast. Ignorant drunks who show up at 10 am for "work", check out two hours later to golf, ridicule and demean competent employees because they are so threatened by them, drive away any employee with an I.Q. over 10, and then wonder why revenue is down. Probably the most crippled, incompetent company in Seattle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. Work/Life Balance is a big 5 because management is so ridiculously stupid that some (pampered) sales people don't come in to work for DAYS, and "management" looks the other way, because they are doing the same thing! Works for them. Yahoo!! But EVERYONE gets punished for their affairs and hangovers. Looking for revenue? Try waking up to what is really going on. Duh!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Seattle Times Response

    Feb 2, 2015Director of Employee Relations

    Thank you for taking time to share your perspective. Needless to say, your description of the environment at The Seattle Times is inconsistent with our philosophy, efforts, and commitment toward a ... More

  3.  

    Editor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Editor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Prestige, demanding, lots of resources

    Cons

    not a good creative environment, a lot of projects are not collaborative unless it's Seahawks-related or something the paper makes money with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think they should be on the ground more, think they don't have a true grasp of how their team works.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    like the indepence and responsibilty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Paper Carrier/Cusomer Service in Kent, WA
    Current Contractor - Paper Carrier/Cusomer Service in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work hours are pt mostley

    Cons

    have to work 7 days a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sometimes it would be nice to have a day off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place I ever worked

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

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Great newspaper and getting better despite industry downturn. Interested in reporters' ideas, a lot of talented editors, kind and smart and funny coworkers.

    Cons

    More of the Seattle chill than some workplaces, and not all the editors are brilliant -- but most are, and most are kind. The biggest negative, of course, is what's happening to the newspaper industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the people who aren't excellent. You're good enough to attract the best and can't afford to hold onto the rest.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Suffers from too much consensus, can't get things done

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Community mission is good. Lots of positive talented people work there. Great location. Excellent work / life balance. Can get some decent experience if you're in the right role and empowered.You can feel good about the work you're doing.

    Cons

    Because everything is by consensus or decision making is misplaced (IT makes business decisions without consulting departments affected, sales so focused on making monthly goals and have final say in decisions that affect long term viability--which is at conflict, etc.) everything takes 10 times longer than it should. Everyone thinks they can do everyone else's job, so lots of second guessing decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people's expertise--they could get paid well, but choose to work for the mission. So don't walk past the UX expert to get the editor to make UX decisions. Get ops involved in decisions that affect ops' work. Be sure to ask all business units for their needs in a project before launching the project. Set business goals for projects and base decisions on those. Get level of efforts on development work and build timelines on that, instead of pulling dates out of a hat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Truly values-based company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Times

    Pros

    This is an ethical journalism company that truly cares about serving the community. It's an honor to be part of a genuine mission-based company.

    Cons

    Leadership is fraught with dysfunction.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Seattle Times has an excellent work-life balance and great opportunities for career growth. Very friendly co-workers and work environment, a family-oriented culture. It's an exciting time as we re-invent ourselves in the news industry, and there are many opportunities for doing new and exciting things. Managers give you freedom to work on things that can make an impact and creativity is encouraged. From what I've experienced there's a very cooperative and non-hierarchical work environment.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything negative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to grow your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Advertising Operations in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Digital Advertising Operations in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome people, strong company culture, always new projects and ways to expand your experience and vidibility within the company if you're looking to do so. The Advertising Operations team has some awesome managers.

    Cons

    Newspaper industry is on the decline, perks are few (but very appreciated.) The recent sell of the once Times-owned parking lot means parking is no longer better than anywhere else in the city (but no worse either).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some really talented, imaginative and devoted young professionals among your employees--leverage their enthusiasm, intelligence, and knowledge of what is happening in news media and the digital advertising space. I promise they won't disappoint you. Also, the union is bringing you down--cut them loose as soon as you can.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    paid well, good people, interesting business

    Cons

    industry is dying, profits are down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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