Seattle Times

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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 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great environment but could use some improvement

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (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
  2.  

    Positive experience, learned a lot

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Website Producer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Website Producer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Exciting, fast-paced newsroom. Great digital team and mentors!

    Cons

    Sad to leave this job behind.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Print is dead, it just doesn't know it yet...

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, great passion, everyone loves the news and is passionate about the product

    Cons

    Print is dying and management doesn't have a clear plan what to do instead, and the union has a stranglehold on the company and will take it down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would not recommend

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

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

    Pros

    The 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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get on the same page with each other and cut dead weight.

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

    Good development opportunity, short ladder.

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, good cause, ability to make a difference.

    Cons

    Poor long term outlook, low salary, low budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to take chances on technology or people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Newspaper

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    The employees are great people.

    Cons

    Middle management HEAVY. Compensation not competitive with other sales organizations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, collaborative, work hard.

    Cons

    Newspaper industry is facing tough times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  9.  

    Values-driven company

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Seattle Times takes its commitment to journalistic ethics and community service very seriously. Every employee is encouraged to support those values. Peer collaboration is very strong. Employee benefits and work/life balance are good.

    Cons

    Wages in some positions are not competitive with the local market.

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Print heavy needing to move to digital

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Nice people in most work groups.

    Cons

    Their business model is based in the last century.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looked bad when you laid people off the same time you bought a new porche. But hey it is your money.

  11.  

    The Seattle Times

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Seattle Times has evolved with the changing news industry from the time I was hired as a news clerk 20 years ago to now. They are the news organization of record for the Pacific Northwest.

    Cons

    My experience thus far has been positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The more challenging the economy the more difficult and critical it is to cover the underrepresented.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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