The Hartford Courant Company Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. Self-led major learning opportunity

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    Former Intern - News Intern in Hartford, CT
    Former Intern - News Intern in Hartford, CT

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    as an intern, you are given incredible ownership and authority over your work. It is all up to you to find, pitch, and write stories relevant to local audiences.

    Cons

    As a non-journalism major, sometimes the lack of supervision was daunting.
    There was no set schedule or routine, so some days/weeks you were swamped with assignments and some days you sat doing nothing.
    No meetings or team organization, at least for interns. All decision-making beyond the story itself was out of our hands, and that would have been a good learning experience (to see the actual process of managing and producing a daily paper)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invite/allow interns more transparency and awareness of higher decisions
    Try to hold on to the tenacity of a daily newspaper.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Not very good, terrible communication and unprofessional management skills

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Hartford Courant Company

    Pros

    There is no pros to working for this company

    Cons

    Only out for their bottom line, do not care about employees,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the red tape, and get some respectable people to manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. Deliver Newspapers

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Hartford Courant Company

    Pros

    Work at night, part time hours

    Cons

    Work at night, no paid holidays

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  5. Nope.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some coworkers were friendly, sometimes

    Cons

    You are told that you are being hired to fill a specific position, but in reality you will become a "jack of all trades, master of none" within this company (but any skills you may learn will not be transferable to any other company or field). You will be expected to perform the duties of the last 5 people that were laid off, and will receive no training, no appreciation, no pay raise, subpar benefits, no holiday bonus, and be expected to work nights, weekends, holidays, and on your scheduled vacation. You will be the classic example of an overworked, underpaid, unappreciated, and stressed-out employee.
    Management does not respect their employees and only care about their own jobs. Chicago is running the show and laying off employees at breakneck speed. Morale is at an all-time low, and no one cares. Pay is dismal. There are no raises.
    I would not recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out while you can! Chicago is coming for you too!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. newspaper circulation and advertising sales declining so is opportunity

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    Former Employee - Manager in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Hartford, CT

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid company for now. Don't look for long term prospects however, but for someone new to the job market, it could be good for a few years.

    Cons

    It was a great company until Tribune took over. Now corporate suits in Chicago just look how to slash expenses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to advise, I realize when Chicago says jump, you say how high...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. A great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company

    Pros

    The staff is professional, kind and conscientious.

    Cons

    Unfortunately budget cuts led to layoffs, forcing fewer people to handle the responsibilities of many.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    He managers I've worked with directly have been intelligent and forward thinking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Newspaper Still Holding On To Core Values in Difficult Business Environment

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Reporter in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at The Hartford Courant Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some excellent reporters, some motivated, competent editors. Still does some ambitious work.

    Cons

    Local audience increasingly disengaged, very uneven top management, frequent layoffs

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Not great, not bad

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, reasonable work load

    Cons

    Pay and separation from department initiatives were negatives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at The Hartford Courant Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You are always equipped with the latest technology. Cutting edge Multi media solutions for advertisers

    Cons

    Declining readership base eroding advertising revenue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to a hyper local news format. More readers want local news, more local news equals higher revenue,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Sell. Don't Service

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at The Hartford Courant Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were great to work with.

    Cons

    Typical if not worse type of sales company. Servicing your accounts is not important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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