Seattle Times Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
71 Reviews

3.2
71 Reviews
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Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank A. Blethen
Frank A. Blethen
38 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Urgency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Limited future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Times

    Pros

    Worthwhile community-focused values and mission.

    Cons

    Innovation is hampered by roadblocks and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Overall, a good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Quality employees. Communicative management.

    Cons

    Wage freeze and pension freeze.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more credit to loyal employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Some leadership issues, but overall a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some compassionate leaders, good foresight into changing landscape of news consumption

    Cons

    Some ineffective leaders, outdated technologies used in new media, feel as though follow through was lacking when we went through a department-wide conflict resolution workshop

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I loved the people, culture, and challenges.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Great mission: serving the community with fiercely independent journalism
    Great relationships with good people

    Cons

    Not able to compete in compensation
    Risk averse group-think culture
    Unclear direction to turn it around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back. Look at the bigger picture. Stop throwing spaghetti against the wall. Analyze where to invest and where to stop investing, then do it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's winding down quickly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Subscriber acquisition

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Times

    Pros

    A great family to work for. A good place to grow up.

    Cons

    Salaries and leadership sub-par, infrastructre home-grown and difficult to innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house! Be Bold!

  9.  

    How much longer?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Hopefully they will be remembered fondly in the future.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    Time to implement your exit strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacks integrity

    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Rather 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great environment but could use some improvement

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company values, work/life balance, and employees make working for The Seattle Times a true joy. They are competitive with payment if you're an external candidate and offer a better than average amount of sick and vacation time.

    Cons

    In an industry that is constantly changing to keep up with technology and social trends, The Seattle Times tends to be a little behind many of their competitors. This then puts stress on the staff to constantly try to "catch up" with the newest and latest...whatever it is the company is rolling out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just listen to your employees - take what they say to heart and know they want the company to succeed just as much as you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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