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2.7 of 5 18 reviews
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Updated Jun 20, 2014

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Timothy P. Knight

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Very pleasant and educational

    Customer Survey Representative (Former Employee)
    Naperville, IL

    ProsThe staff and hours of operation were great.

    ConsThe assignment didn't last long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive longer Staffing Agencies Assignment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not worth reviewing

    Copy Editor (Former Employee)
    Aurora, IL

    ProsThe people in the trenches. Those who are left, anyway.

    ConsManagement. The company has long suffered from inept leadership and, before that, unethical and dishonest leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've laid off enough ;people in the past five years and have failed to find a solution. I'd suggest that mayne it's time to give it up, but I still have friends working there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good, Bad and Ugly

    Associate (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsBenefits, downtown location and 401K

    ConsRate card was for show only, always had to sell below rate card and even then it was still overpriced because the numbers in print and online were minimal at best. Upper mgmt had no clue how to run the business. It was and still is a tax shelter for them!

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey do not listen and do not care, so advice is of no interest to them!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is a shame

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsIt is hard to come up with one right now, but there are people who actually care and want to make this place successful again. Just not convinced it is leadership.

    ConsToo many family/friends being hired. Too top heavy. Too much credit being taken for other people's work. Leadership too afraid to really come up & stick their neck out on the line by putting an idea out there. Everyone is operating out of fear of losing their job. The business will never move forward like that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the nepotism and hiring friends. Release the current leadership. The inflated salaries and the addition of these vp titles is not what is going to move this business forward. Recognize the people who are really doing the work and those who are just taking credit for it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away from this company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree coffee, tea, water, dry cereal...

    ConsLong hours, low pay, managers have no comprehension of markets, no recognition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit or close the doors as soon as you can so you do not lose any more money and prevent any further embarrassment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Committed co-workers, ongoing uncertainty

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and very generous vacation time. Committed co-workers dedicated to getting the paper out on time despite constant hurdles.

    ConsFor years there has been ongoing uncertainties about the direction of the paper. Bottom line, this takes a toll on the morale of its employees. Little opportunity for career advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow your appreciation by compensating the many loyal workers that have gone above and beyond despite the many challenges that have been presented to them in the past few years. Recognize their worth.

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    Great Entry Level

    Acoount Executive (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat Pay Structure: community outreach.

    ConsNothing really, sometimes the goals are hard to reach--but if you work hard you will hit them!

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore motivation would be great! Have more events.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful. I was laid off after 16 years, and the Post-Tribune recognized my worth.

    Reporting Correspondent (Current Employee)
    Crown Point, IN

    ProsI was hoping for a full-time position, but the editors worked with me on a correspondent contract that has kept me working and pays the bills.

    ConsThere are so few full-timers that a call to the newsroom goes to voicemail. I have to anticipate breaking news in a competitive situation and let the editors know ahead of time, or the other local paper will beat me to web. Some of my competitive stories are held over to weekend editions, and I get beat. The usual. Having been an assigning editor, I understand it. I just don't like it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell, put me on the job full-time , for starters. Heheh. At full-time salary and exempt from hourly pay, I'd be laying down roots the community and turning out three times the copy I produce now.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, unclear mission

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe big name recognition is great. It can help you move from entry level to mid level if you use it the right way.

    ConsHonestly the company mission seems unclear to me and it seems like the different departments don't work together to make the company better. Everyone is nice for sure but the bottom line would be better served by a little conflict to encourage growth and honesty.

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    Leaky Boat Floundering at Sea but the Captain is More Worried about his Palm Tree

    Information Technologies Systems Support (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsAnything you wanted to learn was available if you wanted it. Peers were helpful and committed to seeing a paper get out every day, no matter the hurdles. If you helped get passed the problem, peers and end users were appreciative and complimentary. Never a dull day.

    ConsLong hours with little or no recompense. Very little in the way of recognition of effort and personal sacrifice from higher management. Pay increases and or promotion only to the selected few. Labor reductions only to the bottom of the ladder; very little labor reductions at the top of ladder. Corporate structure is management heavy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome see what is really happening in the front line trenches. Your generals aren't providing you with the actual information you should have to be making the decisions that have been made. Companies can't be run by looking at the spreadsheet only. Improve your product rather than reduce labor force to stay profitable. Return to local news where Sun-Times made it mark.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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