Seattle Times Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Excellent place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    A great place to grow your career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    paid well, good people, interesting business

    Cons

    industry is dying, profits are down


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  5. Helpful (2)

    stagnant company provides a stepping stone.

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

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

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

    Pros

    this is a super tolerant company, with a strong mission that's easy to get behind. As an ad sales rep, it's possible to make good money particularly on the digital team.

    Cons

    forward thinking, they are not. this is an old, sluggish company with outdated model of doing things. They have tired to pivot multiple times over the last decade, and have suffered with under performing sales team (that is largely union) and a mixed bag of managers. The old newspaper heyday has passed and the STC hasn't quite figured out how to survive in a competitive environment.

    Advice to Management

    keep the good, and get rid of the bad! Bad middle management that remains in place will disenchant the workforce. hire good people, and trust them to do their jobs. no body likes a middle manager.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Limited Chance for Advancement

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The Seattle Times makes a difference in the community, impacting people's lives across the region, and that gives many employees a strong sense of pride in their work.

    Cons

    Regardless of countless consulting engagements, the company seems unwilling or unable to make large, necessary changes. As the consultant mentioned, there should be shifts, but management seems unwilling to cut low performers that have been in the ranks for decades. They offer noncompetitive salaries that attract misfits.

    Advice to Management

    Be smarter with cost-cutting. Get rid of non-performers rather than freezing all employees' pay. Recognize the skills of internal candidates and move them up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good first gig

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

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere, innovative approach to news, Pulitzer Prize winner, fast-paced newsroom, digital focus, market powerhouse, great coworkers, decent pay, local news leader, and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, poor work-life balance, uncertain future of the company with a declining legacy product, hours can be very bad, Seattle is a saturated news market, pay is not great, union shop


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great paper, not so great employer

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    It's a great daily newspaper and an excellent product

    Cons

    The 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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    This company has a great mission and a great challenge to continue it's mission with the growing change in how readers

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great journalistic and community mission 2. Great challenge in the face of technology and it's impact on the traditional printed product.

    Cons

    1. Affecting change in a fast changing business environment

    Advice to Management

    Urgency


  10. Helpful (2)

    Limited future

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

    I worked at Seattle Times

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

    Pros

    Worthwhile community-focused values and mission.

    Cons

    Innovation is hampered by roadblocks and politics.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Overall, a good company to work for.

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

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

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

    Pros

    Quality employees. Communicative management.

    Cons

    Wage freeze and pension freeze.

    Advice to Management

    Give more credit to loyal employees.



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