Seattle Times Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Challenging at best, depressing at worst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good compensation and benefits. Great reputation as in industry leader in providing news and info to Seattle and western WA Good core groups of people who embrace the company's mission statement

    Cons

    Slow and even unwilling to accept change (processes, tools, etc) - "we've always done it this way" Print and Online depts have an "Us vs. Them" mentality with both sides entrenched in their processes, standards, etc. Company is chock full of employees with 15, 20, or more years of service who think tenure is more important than teamwork and create a horrible atmosphere and work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Assess each person on his/her specific merits and ability to do their job and eliminate not only the non-contributors but especially the cancers who subvert the work and contribution of others; those who feel it's their mission to contradict, argue, undercut, pushback, and play the political game. Given the many challenges and problems facing ST and that industry in general, everyone is either part of the problem or part of the solution - get rid of the former and empower the latter.. Find ways to reward employees who truly do good work and who foster camaraderie and teamwork, especially give the prolonged absence of raises and monetary rewards/recognition.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A great team but limited product horizons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong marketing research support; very creative design team and promotions team. Lots of smart people that want to do a good job. The online products were great until they pulled some of the entertainment coverage

    Cons

    Difficulty innovating new products and approaches that extend beyond the core media of print products; shrinking resources that impact coverage, especially in entertainment

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to try new things and fail.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Talented passionate people work here, but it is difficult for new people to acclimate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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

    Pros

    The people that work at the times are very passionate about serving the public and bringing issues to light that the public should be aware of.

    Cons

    They don't promote information/education sharing among co-workers to grow the teams collective knowledge base. It is also difficult for new people to become part of the work community since most people have worked here for many years.

    Advice to Management

    It is time to embrace new ideas and merge them with the traditional approach you've taken. If we don't change we will become extinct.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    The slow leader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Work for the opinion leader in the Seattle area * Feel pride in your work * Forge a solid live/work balance

    Cons

    * Very slow to make changes * Top-heavy management * Under pressure from the downturn in newspapers across the country

    Advice to Management

    * Reduce administrative/management overhead by half * Build an ambitious new building at the corner of Denny and Fairview, financed by selling all other real estate properties. * Forge an extensive sales partnership with KING 5.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Love the institution-workplace could be better

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Important community resource-4th estate award winning newsroom three weeks vacation after two years employment convenient location non public company-should yield benefits of not managing for short term results 401k match coming back domestic partner benefits

    Cons

    non public company-so financials, long term (more than 1 year) strategy have been pretty opaque morale is (still) not great-save your own skin first management could recognize and thank people more often-it doesn't always mean spending money to do so benefits erosion continues lots of silos prevent sharing of information to groups and departments some astonishing behaviors are tolerated from long time employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to internal people with good ideas about the future of journalism, not just a specific platform Support sales force-it is a tough environment for advertising during the recession, set goals with an eye towards external market conditions


  7. Helpful (4)

    Do it only because you love putting out a paper.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You truly do help keep that 4th branch of government running. The worker bees really love each other and want to do a good job.

    Cons

    It's a rough time to work in print. Many of the great benefits that have drawn solid talent to the company have dwindled away.

    Advice to Management

    There is a ridiculous amount of management compared to non-management at The Times. Redundant managers while good lower level people that do the grunt work get fired. The system has become excessively report and meeting heavy, probably because people want to know where the money is going. Also, the prices of advertising are going up as demand goes down. This is a failing economic model.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great experience, wouldn't go back.

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

    I worked at Seattle Times

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great Benefits (health, vacation, etc) -Great Company History: Long standing locally owned company -Very good training throughout career -Career advancement available for the best employees

    Cons

    -Very low morale at company -Employees have little trust in the judgment of upper management -Sales is not compensated at the industry standard -Some unionized staff are not pulling their weight in the company -Feels like a sinking ship

    Advice to Management

    Your employees need to be energized and rewarded. Remove the dead weight (staff that are not productive) and reward successful sales people like your life depends on it (because it does!). This is a great company with a hard road ahead. You shouldn't have separate print/online teams: just hire sales people that can sell both and compensate them for both!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sales Rep for Seattle Times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility and good commissions.

    Cons

    You have to be a self-starter. Training is ok, but you really need to do it all yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Pay sales rep a base salary so they don't have to write bad orders in order to make a decent living.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Lacking knowledgeable leaders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    conveniently located, dedicated to quality journalism.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Hire someone that actually has successfully led a sales force...(outside of print)


  11. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good experience, but had to figure a lot out myself

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture of respect for employees; good daycare and decent benefits (although that might have changed now). Culture of responsibility and pride in the product. Management is usually good about evaluating priorities and ROI. Lots of people have been there for a long time.

    Cons

    Lots of RIFs lately and uncertainty about where the industry is headed. Some departments are more secure and professional than others.

    Advice to Management

    Offer job-shadowing or connect a new employee with a more senior employee in a similar position for support. There is a culture of longevity which is difficult for new-hires to crack.



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