I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (More than 10 years)
From 1980-2002, a fast moving, competitive organization owned by the Hoiles family. Decent pay, good benefits, outstanding esprit de corps among staff. Really smart, fun colleagues. Lots of innovation.
The management was always very bureaucratic, but beginning in 2003, with the entry of private equity "partners", top executives became fixated on bottom line and pushed out editors and reporters who didn't fit their bland mold. With first bankruptcy in 2009, the company was completely under control of private equity, who started selling off assets, and paid themselves huge management fees. Any gross profits went to a small number of investors at the top. Management turnover left the company to be run by people whose only prior business experience was in greeting cards or casinos. Company went bankrupt again in 2016 and the carcass sold to notoriously tight-fisted Digital First Media, who continued with cutbacks.
Advice to Management
The Register is clearly the best journalistic unit in the Digital First group. Use that to you advantage instead of making believe the Daily News should be the Big Dog in the group.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Freedom Communications (Santa Ana, CA) in November 2012.
Phone interview with HR
1st interview in person with HR and Sales Mgr.
2nd interview with Sales Director
Offer from HR
No real negotiation.
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