I worked at APN News (More than 10 years)
The people are (generally) great. It's fun working in a news room with people who live and breath what's going on in the world. And because of the fact you have to be multi-skilled means that you can learn a lot of different things in the one role. The holidays are good too in you get the six weeks a year deal for working in editorial. And the hours are generally pretty flexible. Overall it's not a bad place to work and grow your skills.
APN has got it's fair share of egotistical editors with bizarre taste in what constitutes news and ad reps who don't respect journalism. Oh and the money -- do not go work for APN expecting to be paid well or even fairly. Interns are used up and spit out, experienced workers are pushed out because they cost too much, and anyone who is on a good salary is probably in management or got in before the industry started taking a nose-dive. Annual reviews? Nope. Opportunities to progress? None. Again, there's worse places to work, but know what you're in for.
Advice to Management
Pay people what they're worth and stop investing in managers to manage other managers. And don't be afraid to weed out some of the less useful people. It's frustrating not just for myself but for the the hardworking people around me who know they can't move up but can name a few lazy (and sleazy) employees who need to go. And it's not all about the money, even just more formal recognition for people to add to their CVs would be good.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at APN News in February 2010.
I went through 3 different interviews with 3 different people and random members of the team. It was a pretty standard interview process you would expect with most big companies like APN. It was a relatively trouble-free process and lasted no more than 2 weeks before I got an offer.
I did not negotiate. I desperately needed a job and this was the first offer I received, so I accepted it.
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