The San Francisco Chronicle Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Paper, Dying audience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The San Francisco Chronicle full-time

    Pros

    The people at the Chronicle are generally friendly. You'll always have 1 or two people who are more challenging than others, but overall, the people of the Chronicle are friendly and passionate about their jobs. HR has stepped up their game and tried to look for budget friendly opportunities to provide some company culture. Our current Editor In Chief has great vision.

    Cons

    The digital premium product is not premium and there are limited resources to change that. There is nothing to drive the modern 25 - 45 year old audience desired and those who are subscribers are generally older. As they die, so will the paper unless the premium product becomes premium. Owned by Hearst Corporate, processes are extremely frustrating and changes are not easily made because they try to control everything. If you're not in a manager position, you are owned by The Guild. You pay monthly dues if you're in The Guild and monthly dues if you opt out. Either way, you pay dues. Benefits are decent. Cigna is great. Lots of lay offs within the last year in efforts to build a "better" smaller team aka...you wear multiple hats that you probably shouldn't be wearing. Also, the technology is frustrating. My department puts a ticket in weekly for something broken.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that can sell. Completely eliminate all of your sales people and find people who can actually sell the product. Less people, quality people.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Don't do it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Located near public transportation with great choices for restaurants and bars. A few good co-workers, along with decent insurance.

    Cons

    Legacy newspaper tasked with fitting into a new business model. Just because you hire a staff with digital experience doesn't mean you will make any changes at a company with roots 150 years deep.

    Advice to Management

    You're not a start-up, no matter what you preach to your staff.


  3. Helpful (2)

    SF Gate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The San Francisco Chronicle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This was a creative environment that encouraged individuality Most employees were long term

    Cons

    SF Gate was reabsorbed by the San Francisco Chronicle and the corporate environment dramatically changed.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    150 yrs. of quality journalism

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Mgm in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Middle Mgm in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The San Francisco Chronicle (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hearst is very financially sound and continues to invest in the property

    Cons

    Difficulty hiring, no training, constant change at top

    Advice to Management

    Consistent message, don't let corp. make decisions


  6. Reporter

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Passionate, brilliant people who loved their work

    Cons

    Org not moving fast enough from print to online


  7. Service Assurance Representative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The San Francisco Chronicle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The location is easy to reach from virtually any point in the San Francisco Bay Area. The work environment is friendly. There is plenty of work to do there.

    Cons

    There have been severe cutbacks on many positions at both the exempt and non-exempt level. There is always this nagging feeling that your job can get eliminated next.

    Advice to Management

    It's important that management communicate clearly what jobs are likely to stick around and which ones might be eliminated. Employees should have a chance to seek other employment while they can.


  8. Digital Account Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The San Francisco Chronicle full-time

    Pros

    Employees were treated very well, and the company really invested in its employees to get the most out of them. Overall a great experience.

    Cons

    It seemed as though a lot of the employees had been there a long time, so it was a little bit intimidating. The longer-term employees seemed a bit set in their ways to newcomers.

    Advice to Management

    I loved my time at the Chronicle. The weekly training sessions were a great way to keep your employees sharp and continuing to learn and grow.


  9. Working at SFGate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a Chance to work with very talented people

    Cons

    There is still an impedance mismatch between the Chronicle and SFGate. Chronicle employees seem to have their heads in the sand with respect to the relative importance of print media and electronic media nowadays. It is really kind of quaint and even a little charming in some cases.

    Advice to Management

    Print is withering on the vine. Wake up.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Dying a slow death.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Web in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The San Francisco Chronicle part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, good name recognition, solid resume builder.

    Cons

    The Chronicle is past its prime and having trouble figuring out where it belongs in the new media landscape.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and go with it! Either turn into a 100% click-bait publication like the Mirror or stick with the hard news. If you want to do both, then split the company in a more visible way. The differences between the Gate and the Chron aren't apparent to much of the public and it's wrecking the brand.


  11. Helpful (2)

    A very hard place to be successful.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The San Francisco Chronicle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good location. Good benefits. Everyone knows the brand. Free parking.

    Cons

    Very hard to be successful in sales. Big disconnect between executives and people who do the work. Very little investment..HR dept useless. Get used to ducking since there is so much finger pointing.

    Advice to Management

    Try to move into modern management and ditch the intimidation and threats. Try to listen to your employees and not make assumptions. Most employees would quit in a second if they had another offer



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