I worked at Orlando Sentinel full-time (More than 10 years)
Years ago, I would have recommended this place. This company used to be thriving and a great place to work. It celebrated diversity and had very talented people working there. My experience there was positive for most of the years I was there, most managers did not micromanage you. You could move around to different departments within the company. I was part of an excellent team and would have stayed there longer if not for the constant layoffs. The office was pretty casual, and you didn't feel confined. There were company wide community events such as Days of Caring and there used to be company sports teams. I miss it as it was.
The downsides included being owned by Tribune/tronc. It felt as if any time our team was successful at a new business idea, our parent company would take it away and take it over. They would take away the customer service part, price us out of the market and we'd lose customers. They regularly outsourced everything, leading to customers' dissatisfaction and these decisions were made overnight without any thought to how it would be implemented or the impact it would cause locally. They decided to charge rent on each of the buildings, further siphoning money away from the local properties. We were supposed to be "One Company" but it seemed as if the money constantly moved up and not down. We were tasked with ways to save every penny, even so much as installing toilets that barely flushed anything. Over the years, benefits were removed, even something as trivial as a free soda machine. In our Town Halls, even if it seemed as if we were on the up and up, raises weren't on the table. They always introduced new and improved ways to manage your career track. This really meant a time-consuming self-appraisal every year that never lead to a merit increase. It's very sad what has happened over the years. I don't necessarily blame Orlando Sentinel. They were always dealing with declining print subscribers but not given the resources needed to try new things. This latest layoff was hard because so many of those individuals had worked there many, many years. Again, this was due to tronc who seems only to be interested in putting money into shareholders pockets.
Advice to Management
Local management has done everything they can to keep their employees working and happy. So I will not unfairly point the finger at them. I've had great managers that kept us employed by doing everything they could with what they were facing. I will say that Tribune/tronc has taken a once thriving company and managed to take as much away from it as possible. The Town Halls never seem to address when, if any raises will be awarded. Most employees have taken on triple the workload but have not had any merit increases. It's a shame that the employees are not treated as if they were valuable to the success of the business.
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Orlando Sentinel.
Three steps. Contacted by HR and had a short preliminary phone interview with basic questions. Met with HR in person and talked about job history and what I could bring to the table. Met with department manager and sales reps and basically talked about myself and answered their questions related to my skills and the job description.
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