The Morning Call Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. They need management training

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

    I have been working at The Morning Call full-time

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

    Pros

    There are many nice people here who are willing to help you out, but few will stick their necks out for you due to being burned in the past. The pay is reasonably good compared to other media companies in the area. The benefits are much better than other media companies in the area.

    Cons

    There is a all for ourselves attitude among the staff that is the result of past layoffs and some clearly bad office politics. The management claims they don't like drama, but don't deal with real employee performance issues. There is clear favoritism among the managers and staff and many managers are selected not based upon their abilities but because they were present at the time a position opened up. Many of them have little to no management training and behave very badly when dealing with problems that arise with employees. Some original editors are still there and good at their craft, but overall this paper isn't what it could be due to poor leadership that refuses to acknowledge lack of staff training resulting in a poor quality product.

    Advice to Management

    Do not put someone with no management experience in a manager's position. It will drive good employees to leave.


  2. advertising sales

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

    I have been working at The Morning Call full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation could be great depending on the territory. So many reps come and go in a matter of months. High turnover. even management has has turnover.

    Cons

    Unfriendly coworkers, office drama, goals are set to only be attained a few months of the year. Poor training. Follow up from supervisors is like pulling teeth.

    Advice to Management

    Management is out of touch with reality. Managers and Directors are constantly pushing the blame on others. No one wants to be accountable. VP just doesn't get it.


  3. Run! This Company is Doomed.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Reporter in Allentown, PA

    I worked at The Morning Call

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

    Pros

    This used to be a great place to work and it used to be a great newspaper.

    Cons

    All of the editorial staff people who made The Morning Call a great newspaper are gone. There are a few old and infirm people left, but for the most part the editorial leadership is made up of the slackers that stayed behind after all the layoffs because no one else would ever hire them. The managers / editors all protect each other and do very little work, and there are very few reporters left. The editor / reporter ratio has to be about 2 to 1 at this point... It's so sad to see a once great newspaper become so flaccid.

    Advice to Management

    You should be ashamed of yourselves for the way you treat the employees under you... Giving them no raises while you continue to get bonuses for not doing anything When will you realize newspapers are no longer relevant and there is nothing innovative or creative about the website? The television news websites have more news stories than mcall.com


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  5. Fast-paced environment.

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

    I worked at The Morning Call

    Pros

    Good company culture with special events like pot-lucks. Fast-paced environment with sales quotas that determine commissions.

    Cons

    Sales quotas increase year after year. There is a high level of turnover with the sales staff. Owned by Chicago Tribune so many functions are controlled remotely.

    Advice to Management

    Have better communication within the various businesses at remote sites. While sales quotas are good, the economy has a big impact on the ability to make quotas.


  6. Great news team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at The Morning Call full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, co-workers are very kind and talented. It's easy to be successful at this company.

    Cons

    Not a very exciting location compared to surrounding areas, salary freeze for several years. Not sure what the future holds company-wide with recent spinoff into separate broadcast and publishing business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  7. Great Camaraderie but unrealistic goals, undefined territories - make sure you ask a lot of questions before joining

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Allentown, PA

    I worked at The Morning Call full-time (More than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Everyone is a joy to work with -You won't be glued to your desk all day - Good money (if you make goal) - Ad assistants are great to work with

    Cons

    - Unrealistic goals--sometimes double of previous year - Some managers need to get a grasp of their reps territories and not assume that there a 1000 of advertisers - Territories are not defined to a particular Rep. This means that you won't have some advertisers that are prominent in your turf. You're stuck calling on small places with limited budgets. - Good accounts are given to some "chosen" reps - Training is Blah - Way too many daily reports - Newspaper is losing its reputation with LV residents

    Advice to Management

    - Listen ,I mean really listen, to your reps - Before setting goals, analyze each territory


  8. Helpful (1)

    Company does not care about employees

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

    I worked at The Morning Call full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    easy commute, got to meet a lot of people (good & bad). pay not great but not bad.

    Cons

    management doesn't care about the safety, or well-being of its employees. way to much butt kissing and favoritism. There is no confidentiality between management and it's employees, and if you associate with the right crowd you can get away with murder!

    Advice to Management

    get your heads out of each-others butts and learn to appropriately manage your departments.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Get ready to do five jobs for the pay of one

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Editorial in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at The Morning Call full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people work in this building. They bust their tails day in and day out to get the news out in digital and print. Many have a team dynamic and thus the newsroom functions well when we're not micromanaged. Paid time off, floating holidays and sick time are generally never questioned.

    Cons

    Editorial employees are micromanaged at every turn, and mostly by people who don't have a clue how to actually do their jobs. Rah-rah meetings are often held to try and placate employees in lieu of raises, bonuses and OT. As mentioned above...bonus? What's a bonus? Money in this place doesn't filter past the top tier. No raises in years. Everyone forced to take a pay cut. Most people doing 3 or 4 jobs at once. No room for advancement. Unethical practices taking place here every day. Customers aren't getting papers delivered and digital subscriptions don't work as advertised. We are told to ignore all the complaints.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees AND customers with the respect we all deserve. Give raises for strong performance. Stop expecting a continually shrinking staff to step up and do 3-4 jobs per person. Stop pretending you don't know what's going on at corporate. Give us the information that's filtering down instead of leaving us in the dark!


  10. The best Job I ever had! Wish I stayed there.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive- Retail Sales in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Account Executive- Retail Sales in Allentown, PA

    I worked at The Morning Call full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great products- that work well for advertisers- never felt like I was being pushy or overally agressive when calling on prospective clients because I knew it would work for them. Lots of options for every advertiser- small to large. Big office with very diverse staff. They are very involved in the local community, always tons of fun events going on. Lots of great people on the team.

    Cons

    The industry- while I think The Morning Call has a great job in diversifying it's portfolio of products (digital,direct mail, ect).... newspaper revenue is declining.

    Advice to Management

    Get out in the field and meet with customers more- that is how you get the great ideas!


  11. Bad Experience

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

    I worked at The Morning Call full-time

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

    Pros

    Nice people within the organization.

    Cons

    Company is not trying to pay a decent wage to live on.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a decent wage and you won't have to worry about employees leaving.



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