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The Columbus Dispatch Reviews

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  1.  

    Financial perks of a large company, with the personal attention of a small family business.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Category Specific Account Sales in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Key Category Specific Account Sales in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay if you work hard and plenty of extra incentives for motivation. A wide variety of products allow for greater opportunity to meet your clients needs. Management is concerned with creating a happy work environment and listens to feedback in regards to improvement. Several properties within the media group allow for employment change without losing your benefits. If you act like a professional adult, you are treated like a professional adult.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be slow with internal processes which can be frustrating, although that seems to be improving. Not many management opportunities for someone looking for possible advancement due to limited positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Category Account Sales
    Current Employee - Key Category Account Sales

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours.
    Holiday leave
    Opportunity to make money if guided right

    Cons

    Money isn't consistent
    Management isn't helpful at all
    Training program needs work
    Expects a lot
    No room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not to micro management staff but at least give some direction and help when needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Ad Designer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Artist in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Production Artist in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice facility, beautiful grounds with jogging path and volleyball area. Lots of vending machines, nice Christmas dinner. It was a great place to work and paid well. All benefits from health and life insurance to 401k and pension.

    Cons

    Corporate environment, stiff - not casual dress. Outsourced the entire Art Department to India in 2007. Was very management heavy - 6 or 7 managers for about 30 workers. Management was predominantly male - and not very supportive of females. Management was extremely resistant to updating technology; it took a great deal longer to complete the task with archaic procedures, equipment and methods; it was very frustrating.. and then they tried to justify outsourcing by calling the staff "inefficient"! The paper is owned by a private family and is unmistakably Conservative. They literally bought up all of the competition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Circulation Marketing Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Circulation Marketing Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company with interest in employee health and well-being. Very old company with deep community roots.

    Cons

    Not run by professionals. Nepotism at it's worst. Management is not interested in contribution and believe they know everything they need to know. Sad thing is they don't even know what they don't know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a serious business manager, someone who actually makes decisions based on facts and figures - not on gut reactions. Take the time to understand and learn about your business. Magazine and newspapers are two different entities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not For Everybody

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch full-time

    Pros

    -private company, family-owned
    -ability to entertain clients through connections with local sports / events
    -owns most of the print products in the market
    -good product training and analysis of market
    -pays well when you have monster accounts
    -once you have a good set of accounts, you can coast
    -a few of the managers are very, very, good (please also look below in regards to management)

    Cons

    -does not think too highly of smaller competitors in central ohio
    -territory account executives are on a gauranteed draw (strictly commission) while other advertising reps are on salary plus commission
    -no gas reimbursement or car allowance
    -no benefits until after 90 days of employement
    -budgets are set yearly and goals are set quarterly and are based on year over year numbers; decline in advertisers' spend is not factored into goal setting, this also works with increase in spend which can be a positive. This becomes luck of the draw for your big accounts which will make or break you for your first year.
    -management stays in their office and does not go out in the field with you UNLESS it is a monster account that they have to brown-nose to.
    -there is a disconnect between the departments which can be counterproductive
    -very little movement up within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time in the field with your associates and help them close new business and you will not have as much turnover with your account executives in both the retail territory, auto, and the magazines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    My time there was good, but now it's over.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Director in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, learned a lot, made some friends

    Cons

    Bad corporate culture. . Toxic environment. Poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate certain managerial positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The Columbus Dispatch is a great organization to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Lewis Center, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Lewis Center, OH

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays well, treats employees with respect, owns many different properties so there are a lot of opportunities to move around. They are privately held. Free tickets to sporting events!

    Cons

    The print media industry is becoming more and more difficult in this age of digital information and the convenience of smart phones and tablets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sucks the life out of people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch

    Pros

    The only print medium for all intents and purposes in Columbus, OH
    Involvement in community activities, whether you want to or not

    Cons

    Management has proven to be manipulative
    Management practice does not follow distributed policy
    Some one has to be at fault
    Feel the need to always be looking over your shoulder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "It's only business" should not be considered a management philosophy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Still a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporter in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Reporter in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch

    Pros

    still a place where you can do good journalism

    Cons

    uncertainty about the future of newspaper industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more proactive with new media

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    They outsource - used to be a great place to work - not anymore.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Ad Designer in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Ad Designer in Columbus, OH

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch

    Pros

    They used to be a good place to work but not anymore, they are outsourcing like crazy, including to India. They can't innovate their only solution is to cut as many corners - and people! - as possible.

    Cons

    No job security, no innovation, no dialogue between management and employees, no care for employees only for their failing bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times and improve instead of screwing people over, get creative instead of resorting to corporate chop tactics.

    Doesn't Recommend

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