The Columbus Dispatch Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Temporary Position

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Columbus Dispatch provided a fun workplace environment during the short time I worked there. I learned a lot about the printing business and feel that I contributed toward their long-term success.

    Cons

    The location of The Columbus Dispatch is in downtown Columbus where parking availability is limited and costly. It would be nice if The Columbus Dispatch provided free (or heavily discounted) parking to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the voice of the Customers to help guide the direction of the business. These are the folks who are paying the bills and allowing The Columbus Dispatch to remain in business. If their needs are not met, they will go elsewhere.


  2. Company CAN improve, with a management change

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

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    I've had a great career working here. I've learned how small businesses operate; and have developed and established great relationships with my advertisers during my time here. The company has supported me in local professional organizations, as well as contributed financially to my continuing education. I've developed skills that I've added to my resume. It was a great place to work for many years. Until they brought in new management in the mid 2000s.

    Cons

    No foresight, and not open to new ideas. This is why newspapers are in the situation they're in. Management did not see the Internet coming, and the result was a lot of bleeding, revenue-wise. The Dispatch lagged behind when social media was in its nascent stages. There are dinosaurs working in upper management, in marketing and advertising.
    Retail advertising managers are not interested in helping their teams succeed. If they were, they would be out in the field with their reps, acting as coaches, rather than number-crunchers.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest focusing on the advertisers' needs; rather than your own product goals. The Dispatch now owns most of the media in this town. Doesn't it make sense to have the reps provide solutions that helps local business owners grow their businesses, instead of forcing reps to sell products that don't work for advertisers?

    I would also require sales managers to be out with their reps every day. That is the only way real coaching and training can happen.


  3. editor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Editor in Columbus, OH

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

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

    Pros

    The office is in a nice location downtown, and the salary and benefits are above industry average -- such as it is. The industry is dying.

    Cons

    Paternalism and secrecy combine to make The Dispatch the home of paranoia. Everyone expects the ax to fall at any time, and without concern for company needs. Favoritism and ego-building are rampant among managers.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the managers who continue to favor one employee over another simply because he or she likes the other. There has to be a concern for quality of work.


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  5. Large, family owned multimedia operation..

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice people, good reputation.

    Cons

    Compartmentalized, too many meetings, complicated systems, structures and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Attempt to minimize layers and complicated procedures and systems to focus on better efficiency that will result in better ad sales results and profit margin.


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    Account Executive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Family owned business - pay is good. It will look good on your resume and you can handle working anywhere else after surviving a few years here.

    Cons

    A lot of last minute poor ideas to make up lost revenue which make the reps look like idiots. All due to the fact revenue projected incorrectly. Budgets are inflated and only a few "regulars" make their numbers. The rules change daily and in the end they know you are going to leave so they beat you up while they have you there.


  7. Resume Builder, not a life time career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Early leave day before holiday(s).
    Make your own schedule
    Co-workers are friendly
    Owns majority of print and digital market in Columbus

    Cons

    Pay isn't consistent
    Management is awful, no direction
    Training program needs work, doesn't really exist.
    Communication across company on product updates and information
    expect too much, wants lot of new business but wants growth of current client base
    Goals are highly unreachable
    Company overlap with reps and clients. You will compete more within the company, fighting over clients than other competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Give direction, be creative but don't micro manage the reps. Have more realistic goals so the turnover won't be so high. Stop being two faced, acting like you want the employees to be happy but then acting like you hate it as much as we do.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Ad Designer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not For Everybody

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

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.



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