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Pros – great co-workers and supervisor at one DC
Cons – No set policies, constant turnover of carriers, some co-workers very lazy
Advice to Senior Management – Stop holding the presses so late that carriers can't make the delivery deadline
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – The staff reporters and editors are generally creative and smart people which makes the working environment enjoyable. In addition, the job can be very rewarding when you publish a piece makes a difference in someone's life.
Cons – The newspaper industry in general is going through a tough period financially. Because of this there are lay offs on a regular basis which is stressful to everyone involved, including those NOT laid off. At The N&O people have to take on more responsibility, are not getting raises, have to take furloughs (which are unpaid), and are in constant threat of being laid off. It causes low morale and deep frustration. They are also hiring mostly part-time people so that they don't have to offer benefits.
Advice to Senior Management – Think outside the box in terms of acquiring new revenue sources.
Pros – Great Management Team with extensive knowledge. I learned a lot from Management..
Cons – Company not as stable or solid some uncertainty
Advice to Senior Management – Make sure that employees feel that they are safe in their positions.
Pros – Dedicated sales staff who try desperately to meet unrealistic goals set by management who has not come out from behind their desks in 20 years. Staff sells products such as reputation management to help clean up online reviews of our customers, yet the N&O does not even buy the product themselves in order to clean up the bad reviews left on them. Makes it a hard product to sell.... Along with the dying newspaper and an online staff of 2 who simply cannot keep up with the sales that the reps make. Most online sales end up running wrong or not running at all.
Cons – Managers rule by humiliation tactics. They make the entire group suffer for the lack of effort of a few slackers. Kind of like being in middle school, where if one group of kids act up, the entire class has to suffer... They try to get rid of the people who speak the the truth and prefer to keep those who are quiet and keep their heads down, even if the quiet people do not meet their numbers. They are looking to replace the seasoned reps with young faces fresh out of school who do not know any better...
Advice to Senior Management – Retire! Hire a new group of young fresh managers who enjoy their job and appreciate the sales staff that they manage!
Pros – Great co workers, family oriented environment
Cons – Management needs to be completely revamped. No room for opportunity to advance in careers. There is no fair treatment between assistants and reps.
Advice to Senior Management – Treat your employees like you want them there.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – I've never worked alongside a more dedicated, caring, knowledgeable group of people.
Cons – The company is disintegrating from the top down. There is no care for the employees. Very stressful work environment. Employees are paid less and less, but are required to do more and more.
Advice to Senior Management – Please realize how valuable the "little" people are in your company. There are so many extremely talented, very hard-working people in your organization that are leaving as soon as an opportunity arises. Management seems to rule by fear and threats instead of good leadership. This is such a huge change from 10 years ago. If the company were still run as it was a decade ago, I would have gladly retired with McClatchy. Now, I'm sad to hear of how badly things continue to be within the company, but am happy to be on the outside.
Pros – If you are interested in producing good journalism, The N&O is pretty solid for a newspaper of its size. Most of the people who work there are smart and committed to the profession.
If you prove you can handle your job, they generally don't meddle.
Once they decide to cut an employee loose, the severance package is fair. They even let employees who have been axed work two more weeks.
Cons – Job security. Like most newspapers, The N&O is struggling to remain viable but the decisions to lay off or gut most of its personnel have seriously damaged the product. I accepted a buyout, but I would have been let go six months later anyway.
While management has made drastic cuts in the newsroom, all of the top managers remain employed. Some have been reduced to part-time status, only to regain their full-time employment to replace folks who have been laid off. That affects morale in a profound way. The very people who are charged with figuring out how to keep the newspaper going are failing, yet their jobs are apparently secure.
Advice to Senior Management – Start charging for online content. Newspapers cannot continue giving away their product free of charge.
Pros – good people,good benefits, slow advancement
Cons – upper management,hours, weather, declining industry
Advice to Senior Management – need to listen to customers
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