I worked at The Oregonian full-time (More than 3 years)
Beautiful view from office
Awesome & talented coworkers/ employees
Reliable supervisor who had my back
Website gets good engagement & has a strong reach
Good work-life balance
Somewhat flexible schedule (working from home, etc)
Little sense of direction/ no mission statement
Lack of reliable tools to adequately do my job
Brand identity crisis (currently being addressed)
Pay was on low end of scale with minimal raises in 3 years
No opportunity to expand my career path locally
Advice to Management
Overall, I enjoyed my time at OMG. People make the place run - I would find ways to address & retain your talent first and foremost. I believe they've found the right President to lead OMG into the future, but would suggest introducing a mission statement - many of my coworkers would agree that they didn't know what our company goals and values were besides to generate revenue. Lastly, continue to define who you are. An agency? A newspaper? A website? A media group? The majority of the people in the Portland area can't tell you who or what Oregonian Media Group is or does.
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at The Oregonian (Portland, OR) in August 2016.
It's no surprise that the majority of reviews of working at the Oregonian on this site are negative. The same can be said for the interview process.
For starters, the interviewer didn't confirm our meeting until the morning of. I had been under the impression that I would be having a 1:1 interview, but upon sitting down in the interviewer's office, I was face to face with a panel of 3 people. Thanks for the heads up...
Although frustrated and surprised by the lack of professionalism displayed thus far, I kept my cool and prepared myself for the team's questions. What I thought would be a conversational session turned out to be the group taking turns reading stale questions off a piece of paper and writing down my responses. I felt like I was being subjected to an interrogation rather than an interview where the company was interested in what I could bring to the table. It came off as just plain disingenuous and robotic. The interviewer even cracked a few jokes about how this was a "grill session."
The way the Oregonian conducts interviews is a textbook example of how a company should not go about the process. Do you really think you're going to get an accurate representation of a candidate's personality and skills by making them feel extremely uncomfortable? The print industry is dying, and if the Oregonian hopes to regain some of its former glory and enter the digital age, they need to seriously go about updating their culture and hiring process. Give people a reason to want to work (or stay working) for your company!
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