Toronto Star

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Toronto Star Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
17 Reviews
3.2
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    I love the people here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

    Great people who are kind, compassionate and interested in the world

    Cons

    A very difficult industry to be in right now

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    okay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Toronto Star

    Pros

    union presence in the workplace

    Cons

    poor management in the workplace

  3.  

    Where the most talented journalists in the country gather to do important and great work

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    Current Employee - Editorial in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Editorial in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Toronto Star full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    Can 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great journalists who deserve better management

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

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, 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.

    Cons

    Micromanagement 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 ManagementAdvice

    Newsroom 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

    People 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

    Cons

    Playing 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 ManagementAdvice

    Define 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A solid place to work

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    Former Employee - Sales in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Even 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.

    Cons

    Within 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stay flexible as these are the lean years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Advertising/Prepress

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

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This was a heat place to work, great people

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep jobs in CANADA!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Steer 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take a risk, hire and support executives who have demonstrated experience aligning and optimizing cross-enterprise functions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Bureaucracy is a nightmare

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Occasionally 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 ManagementAdvice

    Lose the politics so everything can run more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    There is potential but no unified vision amongst leadership

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

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Well known company in the media industry

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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