St. Louis Post Dispatch Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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    Former Employee - Photographer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Photographer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at St. Louis Post Dispatch

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

    Pros

    people are great, it was like a family oriented place to work, there was lots of laughter and team work atmosphere, since the downsizing it is more like a sweat shop.

    Cons

    lay offs are not great


  2. Overall Solid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Louis Post Dispatch full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible, people are awesome.

    Cons

    Benefits are not that great. Not sure about upward mobility.


  3. Great benefits, but little room for promotion

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Louis Post Dispatch

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Work Flow

    Cons

    time off, perks, no energy in the office


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  5. Very good place to work if you're committed to journalism. If you're just trying to boost your ego and your brand, move along.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Louis Post Dispatch

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

    Pros

    Great editors and writers who are committed to the craft.

    Cons

    A corporate owner that puts profit above quality.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to do more and more with less and less.


  6. A fulfilling, learning environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Louis Post Dispatch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work-home balance and people. True team environment. Always exciting as the industry grows with technology and adjusts to readers' habits for consuming news and information in more ways.

    Cons

    Struggle to overcome the negative stigma of the 'death of newspapers' from those outside the industry. Tight budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Continue fighting the good fight to show the value of what we do!


  7. Its difficult to work in a "sinking ship" atmosphere, especially with managers who are completely self-absorbed.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Department Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing Department Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at St. Louis Post Dispatch full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The medical and dental benefits were (surprisingly) pretty good. There were a few good people there who I enjoyed working with. Freedom to try new ideas, but lots of red tape everywhere as usual within a larger corporation.

    Cons

    I've never worked with such a group of self-important, power-hungry people than in the Marketing Department at the P-D. If you don't suck up, and have the nerve to speak up when you believe something is wrong, you will not go very far. The people who hold management positions are those who suck up to the VP (but are happy to talk very badly about her behind closed doors.) A very unhealthy work environment. I do not miss working there at all. Its a shame, as the paper enjoys a long legacy and is the last daily paper in St. Louis. Lee Enterprises isn't a good parent company, and many old-timers longingly talk of the Pulitzer days. Add to all of this the fact that the newspaper industry is fading fast, and as a result, there are continuous layoffs. And constant furloughs and freezes on raises, promised benefits and bonuses that were never delivered despite meeting the criteria agreed on for them... hard to keep your morale up.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO continuously gets large bonuses and stock options while lower level employees are fortunate to be able to pay their bills. Its amazing the paper still has a number of long-term, faithful employees... only because there's no other newspaper in town to work for!


  8. Was a good, well paying union job that many good people and their families counted on.

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    Former Employee - Union Pressman in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Union Pressman in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at St. Louis Post Dispatch full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Union pressman wage was about 29.00hr. Had to work nights and weekends because of seniority but was easy labor.

    Cons

    Was given a full time opportunity for a union skilled trade position. Was great pay and benefits until Mary junck the old CEO laid off a lot of good, hard working people. Ruining peoples lives but still getting her huge bonuses that was reportedly close to 1 million dollars. Almost everyone we worked with in the union trades were good, nice people. Would not recommend anyone with a family to work there because you never know if your going to be out the door if your not on a union protected contract. If your a part time mailer you'll never make more than 12.00 with no advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with your 2.00 a share stock that at one time was close to 40.00 with Pulitzer.


  9. Ups and Downs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Louis Post Dispatch full-time

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

    Pros

    True team environment. Open door policy to management. Great perks to contests. Great vacation and sick time alotment. Get to attend events with clients.

    Cons

    Sometimes expectations are far fetched. While individual teams work well together, but as a whole sometimes feel very segregated.


  10. Loved this place!

    Current Employee - Classified Advisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Classified Advisor in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at St. Louis Post Dispatch part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very family oriented, Great people to work with/for.

    Cons

    Seemed hard to advance to better positions within the company

    Advice to Management

    I thought Management was great!


  11. A dying industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Louis Post Dispatch full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The newspaper is a long-established entity, with an impressive history. Working for a company that was founded by Joseph Pulitzer himself was interesting.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is dying a long, slow death. Its hard to work in an atmosphere where there are constant layoffs, and challenges due to dwindling revenues.

    Advice to Management

    The practice of politics and butt-kissing is well and alive at the Post-Dispatch. If you are an honest person who doesn't kiss up to those higher than you, it will be a difficult place to work.



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