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Howard Griffin


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    Reporter (Current Employee) Wilmington, DE

    ProsIt's the only game in town. That is, it's by far the largest media outlet in the state. The pay is good -- if you get a good deal coming in the door. Start at a good level and you can advance.

    ConsPitifully small annual raises, if you even get one. Health insurance premiums are high and increase every year, and for longtime employees, the old defined-benefits pension plan has been frozen. New hires are not enrolled in the pension plan at all, but the 401-K match has been increased for all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit giving away our product! Find a way to make online pay, or go the way of the dinosaur.

     

    Enjoyable for the first couple of years, but the endless rounds of layoffs and top-down management style are terrible.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGet to meet interesting people outside the office; scheduling flexibility can be helpful.

    ConsIn additional to all the typical newspaper problems, the leadership of my department is dysfunctional. Undermining and back-stabbing of colleagues is frequent and doesn't even seem to be discouraged. Teamwork is rarely rewarded or noticed. A stunning lack of collegiality and humane decency in how people treat one another that tickles down from the top.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnd the every man for himself mentality. Give people the space and framework to be innovative and creative, rather than having confined to management's rigid idea of how things should

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    Antagonistic management mindset threatens overall quality, undermines employee loyalty

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Wilmington, DE

    ProsBest place to stand out in a Delaware journalism profession; fairly decent pay; newsroom staffers are generally enthusiastic, talented (but it's on the decline as the best people jump ship). Delaware is also a pleasant, affordable place to live and raise a family.

    ConsComplete disdain for fostering job satisfaction and employee morale permeates every corner, every top management position, seemingly by design. Generally incompetent top leadership routinely misses chances to enhance customer satisfaction; blatantly rewards sycophants and mishandles crucial HR issues; perilously ignores the core producers' aspirations and potential contributions, while focusing instead on pushing for accomplishments that will serve to burnish their own star.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead a contemporary manual on commonly accepted management techniques -- lead by example; recognize earnest endeavor; think of the reader rather than yourselves or your career status; realize that leadership is something more than just saying, "Make it happen," while conveniently ignoring HOW your staff can make it happen, or WHY they should care about making it happen for someone who cares not a whit for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to get Experience....and then move on to make more money

    Lead Video Editor (Former Employee) Wilmington, DE

    ProsGreat place to start out....especially in Online. They give you a lot of responsibility and a lot of work so you learn how to juggle a lot.

    Consi worked my butt off and was given many awards and the best review my supervisor had ever given any one. Unfortunately, when it came time for a raise, it was less than 36 cents per hour!
    My salary was based on a 35 hour work week, but I usually worked 45 without a lunch because we had so much work to do. everyone there was stressed out in every department (mostly in the news room) and there was a high turn over.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the people who are the hard workers and do something about the compainers that whine too much and make other people's jobs that much harder.

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    Ok place to start a career -- but you don't want to stay long

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFor someone entering the workforce, it's easy to get in the door. A handful of senior staffers who were able to guide the younger staffers.

    Consno room to move up with this publication. very low pay. part of a dying industry. Not much of a digital presence (as of a few years ago).

    Advice to Senior ManagementNurture the younger talent that comes through from year to year -- you might be surprised at what they can do. Put a larger emphasis on digital media.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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