St. Louis Post Dispatch

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St. Louis Post Dispatch Reviews in Saint Louis, MO

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  1.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    I thought Management was great!

  2.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lot of hard work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at St. Louis Post Dispatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small, close knit department
    Open door policies with all managers
    Family oriented work environment
    Ability to make your position your own (within reason, of course)

    Cons

    No sense of complete job security (but who does get that anymore these days)
    Small, close knit department - that's a double edged sword sometimes
    Work of 2-3 people and not compensated for that
    Lack of communication from upper, upper management on the state of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are often too wishy-washy on who we're trying to reach with our internal campaigns. Sometimes I feel like we're trying to convince ourselves of why we want consumer to pick up/subscribe to the paper and not necessarily the customer. It can be frustrating and terrifying to constantly worry about the security of our jobs, sometimes a bit more communication about the state of the company can be helpful and calming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    No longer a nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Journalist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Journalist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Many of the people there are wonderful

    Cons

    Lee Enterprises is one of the worst companies in the United States

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving yourselves huge bonuses while laying off a huge chunk of your workforce and reducing salaries for the rank and file.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Instructive, informative, challenging, but not always invigorating

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    Former Employee - Content Editor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Content Editor in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good product, committed staff, public service, public information.

    Cons

    Rapid downsizing over the past few years due to layoffs, cutbacks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure ways to maintain overall quality despite reduced resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Designer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Designer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at St. Louis Post Dispatch

    Pros

    The employees at the Post-Dispatch are an amazing and talented group of people to work with on daily projects.

    Cons

    The parent company seems to want to close the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. There are very few opportunities for advancement. There is practically no provisions no new training or networking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank all of your employees for the daily good work that they provide.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    4/5

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    Former Employee - Advertising Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at St. Louis Post Dispatch

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Ability to work independently within guildlines

    Cons

    More of a grade school like atmosphere than work environment
    Little interaction between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be better prepared for deadlines

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