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Portland, OR
1001 to 5000 employees
1950
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N. Christian Anderson
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    Former Employee - Research Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Research Manager in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Oregonian full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good location
    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)

    Cons

    High turnover
    Low morale
    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.

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The Oregonian Interviews

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    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at The Oregonian (Portland, OR) in August 2016.

    Interview

    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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