Tribune Company Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
139 Reviews

3.0
139 Reviews
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Peter Liguori
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some great people to work with especially in California and Florida (in 13 reviews)

  • Really good at work-life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The low pay and no increases each year (in 7 reviews)

  • Frequent upper management changes (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome team environment

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    Former Employee - Deployment Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Deployment Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Tribune Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Freedom, great work environment, very structured, awesome family work balance

    Cons

    Coming out of bankruptcy, multiple systems to do the same thing, rework

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in professional developement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, decent company

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    Current Employee - Research Director
    Current Employee - Research Director

    I have been working at Tribune Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent perks and good benefits. People care about each other and like what they do. Management is approachable and it seems that they care about staff opinions.

    Cons

    Company needs to invest in its staff a bit more with better pay instead of focusing on acquiring more tv stations. Being underpaid was a huge result of our company survey and I hope they make changes.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My experience is pleasant and worthwhile

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    Current Employee - Advertising Representative  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Advertising Representative in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Tribune Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The rapport among co-workers make a positive work environment

    Cons

    The low pay and no increases each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stand behind your word.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Large multi-faceted company facing industry challenges and trying to make a profit

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Tribune Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    New leadership appears to be trying to save the company and adjust for current day challenges for a media company that was once a giant in the print industry.

    Cons

    The company is notoriously cheap, Even before their long, drawn-out bankruptcy, they paid employees poorly and failed to spend money on decent equipment. They do not invest in talent and would rather see them walk out the door than give pay raises. There are alot of unhappy employees who are over-worked and miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees feedback and reward those who work hard and have talent. Also, improve your benefits, especially maternity leave benefits. You have one of the worst maternity leave policies in the country.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former Digital Media Specialist

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Specialist  in  Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Digital Media Specialist in Hartford, CT

    I worked at Tribune Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Full Benefits
    Competitive Software & Tools
    Lots of autonomy

    Cons

    Completely Sales Driven
    Very Cut-Throat amongst other employees
    Cutbacks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people but worrying future.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Tribune Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people at Tribune are great. The projects are challenging. If management navigates the current uncertainty well, then there is a lot of opportunity here.

    Cons

    Uncertainty about the future of the company. The company emerged from bankruptcy, took on considerable debt to acquire a large broadcasting network, then started the process to split off publishing. There is plenty of work that needs to be done, but management seems reluctant to commit to projects under the present circumstances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chart out a set of future projects so employees do not feel like there is nothing after the current project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people stifled by corporate problems

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    Current Employee - Account Services Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Services Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Tribune Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, a lot to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Corporate politics, poor pay, best performers leave because they are not recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It's an entry level place to start a career in journalism.

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    Former Employee - Photo Editor  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Photo Editor in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at Tribune Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It is a good place to gain experience for recent graduates. The coverage area provides for a variety of situations for young journalist to build their portfolios and develop skills.

    Cons

    The pay is below what the cost of living is for the area making it necessary to for some to have a second job. The editorial department is understaffed, forcing journalists to work longer hours. Staff is salary so there isn't overtime. Layoffs are common due to the nature of the newspaper business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Helpdesk Analyst - Orlando Sentinel (Trib-Tech)

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    Current Employee - Helpdesk Analyst  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Helpdesk Analyst in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Tribune Company as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - Free 24 Hr Employee Parking (Downtown Convenient)
    - Indoor Gym for employees
    - ATM Inside
    - Flexible Schedules (24 Hrs)
    - Very Laidback with Tardiness and Sick Calls (Just Call With Time)

    Cons

    For Orlando Tribune-Tech Group

    I advise management to really specify the actual day to day services that they support and not hold any information like this during the interview process. Please be specific as it will help the prospect as well as yourselves, there is nothing more frustrating than to be told one thing in an interview and then see something else during the actual job. Don't waste peoples time as it will only hurt your reputation. This goes for the actual Orlando Sentinel-Tribune Technology team not the recruiters. Also PLEASE! Be patient with the new hires or Noobs as you call them, I guess you guys in Orlando Tribune Tech were the only ones born knowing the proprietary media software, well EXCUUSEEE us for not knowing! I have to say that the Orlando Tribune group is very unprofessional in the way they handle the Hire-Fire process, no sit-down, talk or warning when firing or letting you go just a behind the back fire! Also they have a lot of old equipment (laptops, Desktops and desk's) and very short lunch (30-Min) only which means bring your own food everyday or buy from their cafeteria.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I advise the Trib-Tech Orlando Sentinel Management to carefully explain and be very detailed in your interview with any new hires or prospects. Please specify the job description and mention that this is not an IT/Helpdesk Support Position, let the prospects know that they will be supporting Tribune Media/Newspaper-Editorial Proprietary Software 80% of the time and about 20% actual desktop, OS and general hardware, network troubleshooting. Let the Tech and Hardware guys know that this is Software Support, Answering Phones all day and No Hands On work. This position leans away from the technical/hardware support so if you are looking for a future in IT then this is not the place for you. You will gain very little experience in IT and Network Support and that's only when you work with their VPN, Citrix, Active Directory or Microsoft Outlook, other than that you will deal with Boring Software support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dead end job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tribune Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The salary was not bad and I liked many of the people with whom I worked. The benefits were in line with the industry.

    Cons

    Soul-sucking; you are required to constantly document your actions and justify your job. Weeks of 24/7 duty are required, with no time off at the end of rotations. Management's focus seems to be on how they can get rid of your position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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