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A. H. Belo Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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A. H. Belo Chairman, President, and CEO Robert W. Decherd
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  1. "Many pros and cons"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Digital in Dallas, TX

    I worked at A. H. Belo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well-established company with many connections, they are growing their product portfolio and diversifying revenue.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between departments and products, constant rounds of layoffs, lack of stability with the newspaper revenue. Everything that is done is done to keep the paper alive, and that's a negative because several important divisions get forgotten.

    Advice to Management

    Communication. There needs to be a more consistent message across management. One second we were told everything is great and on the rise, next thing people are getting laid off and other positions are opening. It's confusing.


  2. "Former A.H. Belo employee"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Designer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A. H. Belo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wage is usually above average. Salaried employees tend to work 30-35 hours.

    Cons

    They have changed a lot in the last couple of years. Recently, they let go of 25 designers to save money by going to a hub to produce work.

    Advice to Management

    Treasure employees. They have the local skills and knowledge that are irreplaceable that can not be found at any hub.


  3. "tech"

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    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at A. H. Belo (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Co-workers. good location, ability to meet people

    Cons

    minimal diversity, minimal pay increases, minimal opportunities


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  5. "System Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team oriented work environment. All the employees in the IT department work together in a team spirited attitude. The production environment of the organization challenges the employees on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Revenue based on advertising in print product vs the competition of online advertising still challenges the bottom line of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the shared content strategy diviersification. All the work done to purchase companies relevant to shared content seems to be working in the long term.


  6. "Belo"

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    Former Employee - Senior Support Specialist in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Support Specialist in Arlington, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A. H. Belo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work for.
    Plenty of vacation time.

    Cons

    Salary cut,
    Constantly laying people off.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the chiefs, not the Indians.


  7. "Good People Out of $$$"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Professional in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Information Technology Professional in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at A. H. Belo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place and people to work for. Learned a lot about Enterprise IT.

    Cons

    No money Print media is going down and every day it was another cut back or financial hurdle. I did like working for them and wish I had worked for them when they were rolling years ago.


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    "A good place to work, that happens to be in a dieing industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at A. H. Belo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of dedicated people with good work ethics. A close knit team that works well together. The management is easy to work for, and stands behind the employees.

    Cons

    The industry is dieing and the company is having trouble reinventing it's self. While they are trying several new approaches to move into the digital realm, the company as a whole is not moving fast enough to stay afloat.

    Advice to Management

    The only way this company will stay in business will be to figure out how to market the trust and knowledge it has sold over the years to the new digital customer. Simply charging for the same content online will not work. You must market your value in the digital realm.


  9. "Innovative compared to its peers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong passion for the company to succeed at most levels of the company

    Cons

    Leadership tends to make reactive decisions and sometimes have unrealistic expectations on execution and results


  10. "Good, but challenging econmic times in newspaper industtry"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, working enviornment, co-workers are competent and diligent.

    Cons

    dying industry, tough economic times for any newspaper


  11. "Like the next generation of The Dallas Morning News, my time here is a work in progress."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best journalists in the country work at The Dallas Morning News, and they continue to produce great work despite all the Internet noise that passes for news out there.
    Senior leadership cares deeply about Dallas and surrounding communities.
    Willingness to experiment in order to engage audiences and create a sustainable business model.

    Cons

    In effort to create new models, sometimes forgets core competencies.
    "Cutback culture" is hard to overcome, especially in light of constant initiatives that don't seem to be managed or measured.
    Overall gloomy outlook for and perception of newspaper industry is a constant pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify and do a better job of grooming younger staffers into leadership positions.


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