Toronto Star
3.0 of 5 15 reviews
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Updated Jun 3, 2014

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John D. Cruickshank

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Where the most talented journalists in the country gather to do important and great work

    Editorial (Current Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsA strong mandate founded on just principles. The people are exceptionally talented, the direction is clear and the paper is well run. Excellence is encouraged and aided.

    ConsCan be high-stress and demanding, which isn't all together surprising for a newspaper. Dealing with labour issues at the moment that - if not resolved - will poison the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great journalists who deserve better management

    Copy Editor (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsSmart, experienced journalists and editors who are given a lot of resources to report and document compelling stories. Liberal (small and big L) editorial perspective is refreshing and diverse readership is also a plus.

    ConsMicromanagement from upper-level editors when it comes to the kinds of stories that should be covered and who should cover them. Much reliance on a small pool of "star reporters" who get to cover the big stories. Favoritism has always been the way of the newsroom and still is.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNewsroom mangers should pay more attention to effectively dealing with HR issues and giving reporters, photographers and editors more regular feedback. Constructive employee evaluations are non-existent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solid Company, struggling to find footing in the new digital market

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    ProsPeople are friendly and work well together.
    Company allows balancing work and home life.
    Benefits and pay are decent.
    Good mix of print and web media

    ConsPlaying catch up to competitors instead of figuring out if it was necessary in the first place
    Outsourcing bottom tiers of company instead of making teams efficient, faster or smarter in terms of keeping up with what the digital market wants (causing confusion in workflow and sales)
    Company structure is also a bit Top heavy...so speedy implementation is hindered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine Strategy, don't follow competitors into making one shot products that won't sell since they are a fad. If we must try this method, find ways to make it faster to market before competitors and measure the results. If its good then continue to implement it. There is a lack of resources to totally build out complex projects, they also take up too much time and budget. Try small things, even pricing to get better results then committing to 6 months or longer projects.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A solid place to work

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsEven after over 100 hundred years of operation and being impacted by the recent disruption of digital content affecting all traditional medias, The Star is still a place that has many touch points in the Toronto market. They offer training, supplemented education programs, in house physio care, on site fitness centre, off-site workshops, overtime pay, benefits, flex hours, maternity leave, disability leave and more.

    ConsWithin the last decade, there have been numerous layoffs and restructuring as The Star adapts to the disruptions in traditional media. Outsourcing key departments has been needed to facilitate the health of the business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay flexible as these are the lean years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Advertising/Prepress

    Advertising/Prepress (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsThis was a heat place to work, great people

    ConsDue to outsourcing it was very difficult to watch how job loss would impact so many people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep jobs in CANADA!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A siloed company in an industry in crisis driven by assigning blame rather than cultivating cross dept. collaboration.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTough environment to navigate - can't think of any.

    ConsSteer clear of IT -- the CIO does not know how to coach reports and blend differing management styles and perspectives into a cohesive, productive team capable of delivering on IT's true potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a risk, hire and support executives who have demonstrated experience aligning and optimizing cross-enterprise functions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bureaucracy is a nightmare

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIncredible opportunity, they give you lots of responsibility, looks great on a resume, the young workers there are absolutely incredible

    ConsOccasionally impossible to get anything done because of tight budgets and infighting among middle management, cubicle-farm office is a desolate relic of 1960s architectural failures, employees often feel their work is unappreciated

    Advice to Senior ManagementLose the politics so everything can run more efficiently.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    There is potential but no unified vision amongst leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood pay. Well known company in the media industry

    ConsNo strategic innovation. No consistent collaboration amongst department heads or publishing areas. Political and territorial management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCollaborate and innovate. Fix your financial model and get on with rebuilding the organization in every media space you can find.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyed my experience at the Star for many years.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsHigh salary, excellent benefits, great co-workers

    ConsMost of the staff is gone due to contracting out and mass lay-offs. The union is almost broken. There have not been any raises in about 4 years. The contract is being negotiated. The union is not asking for anything, including raises. They know the writing is on the wall and everything will be contracted out before long.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mixed blessings

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPays well, good place to work

    ConsPlanning to outsource editing jobs

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