Hands-on team and supportive staff
Union workers are often in negotiations, many of which never come to fruition. Those in the union are often unsupported by McClatchy
I’ve taken 3 years to write this review, and I have digested my experience, seen my life change and I can look back and see accurately what shaped where I am now. - Sales obvious one, but not only... was I given coaching and help. I was given freedom, to become anyone I wanted. A watch connoisseur, a wine enthusiast, or just someone who was excited to talk to people. This freedom gave me a way to find my style, how to mind meld with people and connect in a very different way. - Negotiation, it’s harder when it’s for deals that you are paid commission on. But now I don’t work for commission I negotiate like a master using things I developed at Ink. - Hard work, I worked hard, no doubt and now my schedule isn’t as hectic I can appreciate it. I put my hours in and I was handsomely paid (admittedly I didn’t think so at the time ha I wanted more, don’t we all always?). The work ethic I learnt at Ink drives me to be better because I WANT TO BE not because I’m being asked to. - Friendship, while there I had great people around me. Unfortunately I don’t see or speak to many from the company any more but social circles evolve over time. That’s ok, I’m sure I’ll see some of them again and have a laugh with a beer. - Travel, I traveled to some of the best and most beautiful places. - I experienced financial freedom for the first time in my life. Within less than 1.5/2 years. - Management, this is a pro/con, they care but sometimes they overuse the tough love. I had many many chances and I thank them for that. Sometimes though for me, a hug would have done better than a scold. They do care deep down, and I genuinely thank Gerry, Simon, Mark and Michael for everything. For without those guys I wouldn’t be who I am today. - Discovered a love of helping people, loved nothing more than smashing goals and seeing my people succeed. I could have been a better leader but I just did what I knew, I worked hard and demanded the same drive from my team. - There’s many more wonderful things but I’ll end with this, I was given the gift of moving from London to the US, this was a momentous and extremely important turning point in my life. Long story short, great company, I look back fondly now though I was admittedly a little salty when I left. Thank you MD for my letter of recommendation, next round of golf/beers is on me.
- Allow more weakness in people, then you can demand more strength when it counts. - Recognize that some folks put on a brave face but inwards they are struggling. - Pay lower salaries and... higher commission, weed out the weak :) - The biggest con, is that when you are there you feel like you are family, when you leave it feels like you have died and disappeared from earth.