Star Tribune Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Tight Knit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New building, tight knit teams within organization. Employees stay at this organization a long time. Phenomenal benefits package. Great pay structure for sales members.

    Cons

    Product training internally is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in products/services that work. Do not outsource anything.


  2. Good but lacks opportunities for upward movement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Star Tribune full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're not in sales, it's stable. Pretty flexible and easy going work environment.

    Cons

    Lacks job training, opportunities to be promoted or get a raise, poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Could use more reviews/evals, annual raises, advanced training, better overall communication.


  3. Could be alot Better, could be worse.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prepress Specialist III in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Prepress Specialist III in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Star Tribune full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Star Tribune has good benifits packages and a PTO structure for Paid Time Off. The enviroment is Relaxed and Business Casual, for Non Sales and Management staff

    Cons

    Only one, across the board, pay increase in the last 8 years. No Performance increases for the last 8 years. Hands off approach dealing with issues, associated with team members with bad behavior. No real room for advancement, unless you are in sales, and even then, it's all about who you know and are friendly with.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so Politically Correct, and start reprimanding the employees for bad behavior, that need it, instead of reprimanding the whole team.


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  5. Newspaper Industry

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Star Tribune full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers were wonderful. Good pay.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is in decline.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Challenging, disruptive and exciting

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

    I have been working at Star Tribune full-time

    Pros

    It's the largest media organization in a 5 state region with a growing audience of print and online readers. Really cool office space in the heart of downtown Mpls. Privately owned by Glen Taylor. They just bought the local alternative weekly, City Pages. They are a 100+ year old brand with a great reputation for providing trusted journalism and advertiser solutions.

    Cons

    You often find yourself defending the brand and educating businesses and consumers on who the Star Tribune really is... too often they associate the brand with a print product that has a declining circulation. They don't realize the overall reach of our print and online distribution, not to mention all of the emerging advertiser/agency solutions we provide to 1000's of companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your people and continue to diversify your product/solutions for advertisers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Features Designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Features Designer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Features Designer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good culture and people. Fun team.

    Cons

    Templated, straightforward production work. Little excitement.


  8. Good Lower management, Too much middle management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ad Operations
    Current Employee - Ad Operations
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Current manager really cares about his employees. There is a lot of different skill opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    There is no upward movement within the company, and raises do not happen often.


  9. Great people and products with an environment that embraces change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive Retail Advertising in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Account Executive Retail Advertising in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Star Tribune full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong leadership team, flexible, happy coworkers, great products, generous PTO, and decent compensation structure

    Cons

    External perception that the industry is dying

    Advice to Management

    Limited room for career advancement


  10. Optimistic, but lacking advancement opportunities

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

    I have been working at Star Tribune full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    company is advancing and working to stay competitive and relevant

    Cons

    it's easy to get more responsibility, but hard to get a raise or promotion. Everyone knows you have to leave and come back to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Create career paths to keep your talent inside the company


  11. Very good until change of ownership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employment Advertising Sales
    Former Employee - Employment Advertising Sales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great employer, good benefits, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Downsized, a lot of people got laid off.



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