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Freedom Communications Overview

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Santa Ana, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Unknown
Company - Private
Media
$5 to $10 million (USD) per year
Gannett, McClatchy, Tribune Media
You might say this company really believes in freedom of the press. Freedom Communications is a leading newspaper publisher with more than 30 daily papers mostly in California, North Carolina, and Texas. Its portfolio includes The Orange County Register in California, which ... Read more

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Freedom Communications President, CEO, and Director Mitchell Stern
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    Former Employee - Journalist in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Journalist in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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Freedom Communications Interviews

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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Freedom Communications (Santa Ana, CA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    Phone interview with HR
    1st interview in person with HR and Sales Mgr.
    2nd interview with Sales Director
    Offer from HR

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No real negotiation.

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