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South Bend Tribune Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
8 Reviews
2.7
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Okay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at South Bend Tribune

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and free subscription.

    Cons

    Minimum wage and weekend shifts.

  2.  

    Fun working for peanuts

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at South Bend Tribune full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great gang of reporters and editors. Everyone is always looking for the next best thing to improve. Fun, fast-paced newsroom.

    Cons

    Less-than-competitive salaries.
    Cost-cutting comes in newsroom, not sales or administration

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    "People" people

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    Current Employee - Packaging Assistant  in  South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Packaging Assistant in South Bend, IN

    I have been working at South Bend Tribune part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    free newspaper delivered 7 days a week

    Cons

    few full time positions available

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Employees were good to work with, but declining newspaper industry caused a lot of cutbacks.

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    Former Employee - District Manager  in  South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - District Manager in South Bend, IN

    I worked at South Bend Tribune full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The employees I worked with was great.

    Cons

    Owners reduced benefits and pay across the board and started eliminating jobs. Plus, they cutback severly on all expenses making it hard to run the offices. They continually preached 'doing more with less' while they continued to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Severe decline in job security and pay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN

    I worked at South Bend Tribune

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Free newspaper...oh, boy!
    It used to be a great place to work until the management changed and the decline in newspaper readership.

    Cons

    Hours are not consistent with family life.
    No raises in 5 years.
    5% pay-cut.
    Benefits reduced.
    No one with experience in management positions.
    Laying off the best employees due to higher salaries.
    Culture of part-time employees to save on benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though the newspaper industry is in decline you can't get rid of your best employees to save a few pennies for the higher ups. Management has no vision to get things moving again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Newspaper lost touch with employees and community

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN

    I worked at South Bend Tribune

    Pros

    Many good talented people work there, good benefits and decent salary for area but not for job done. Attempts in-house until past year to do fun things along with necessary to keep moral up. Used to be preiminent source of local news in area and well-respected. Hard-working staff needs better treatment and rewards from management. Many, but not all, supervisors are caring. Excellent sports crew and photographers and ad sales folks. Good communications and ability to work together among departments.

    Cons

    Too much office politics and selection done by favorites and pets for plum assignments. Beat system has been destroyed by bad management resulting in loss of ablity to adequately cover what's going on in community. No longer respected in community. People chosen for layoffs (never had before) were among hardest workers and very knowlegeable with years of experience. Sacrified news staff to detriment of paper in trouble economic times without spreading it around entire staff. Incompetent leadership from top down especially in newsroom where many in charge have no clue. Incompetence or unethical behavior rewarded with promotions. Too much dead weight allowed to remain on staff while other forced out in buyout or layoff. Become an embarassment with stories by sister TV station regularly printed because staff is down so much. Several hard workers in their 20s left in last six months to get out of the place. Exellence and hard work not even mentioned. Too much emphasis on contexts!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of peole who really aren't doing work and have no clue on how to run the place and bring back writers those who know community. Keep being open about situation with company but don't wait until the last minute to try to do something and then when you do, it destroys peoples' lives. Reward folks more than just on top for well done jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, tough times gives South Bend Tribune mixed review.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN

    I have been working at South Bend Tribune

    Pros

    Dedicated professionalism of employees, good interdepartmental communication and knowledge sharing, senior management communicates company economics in a straightforward fashion, there are no real surprises. Annual reviews offer a fair method of evaluating performance.

    Cons

    Professional staff are overloaded with too much work, which results in more wire stories and less local news in a local newspaper. Hiring practices include increasing number or part-time professionals who will receive no benefits and little to no opportunity for advancement: no vacation means rapid burnout. No sick days results in spread of disease. There is no system of recognition or rewards for a consistent job well-done except for sales staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating with your company-wide meetings. We deeply appreciate the candor. Find ways to acknowledge those of us who consistently do outstanding work. Department heads can help you with that by sharing info from annual reviews. A formal "thank you" in a meeting of our peers would go a long ways toward employee loyalty in these difficult economic times.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Overall good experience with coworkers and management producing quality product.

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    Current Employee - Dock Assistant
    Current Employee - Dock Assistant

    I have been working at South Bend Tribune

    Pros

    people oriented environment,employees treated with respect

    Cons

    Some days around Thanksgiving and Christmas due to volume of advertising,people and machinery can really get a workout.Lots of walking on concrete floor.Moderately dusty,noisy.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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