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  1. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advance Publications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is working toward the digital age for newspapers. Liberal time off.

    Cons

    Management decisions seem random and arbitrary. They need to pick a direction and stick with it. Need to better communicate with employees. Culture and values used to mean something here.


  2. "No job security"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advance Publications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compared to other media jobs, Advance offers relatively competitive pay and caters to some larger news markets than most community news publications. The branch that I worked for spent a lot on maintaining the company's image, which can feel pretty good.

    Cons

    The company has a great plan for saving journalism. It just changes that plan on a day-to-day basis. If they're not laying off their staff, they're hiring. There's no real job security, and the company seems willing to throw employees away without real thought to the next step.

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan and stick to it. Just because your experiment didn't work right away doesn't mean you need a completely new plan. Be honest with your employees, potential hires and readers about what you are.


  3. "Not like the good old days..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Woodbridge, NJ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Woodbridge, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Advance Publications as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Staff level employees have it pretty good. Not a lot of pressure to perform. Benefits are still pretty good and they have some talented people. The new offices in Woodbridge are nice.

    Cons

    Senior management is out of touch with the marketplace. Decisions are made for internal reasons rather than external. Management is so thin that things don't get done in an efficient of timely manner. Lots of new initiatives but there is a lack of follow through and ownership of projects. Third generation ownership rarely survives, and they are now in their third generation.

    Advice to Management

    Build better solutions for your customers. Realize that your status in the marketplace is not what you think it is. Listen to your employees who are out meeting with customers.


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  5. "Go elsewhere"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Matching 401 K from company

    Cons

    Shifting priorities, uninspiring business model


  6. "Do Not Work Here"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Low key atmosphere together with a small scale operation

    Cons

    Company is a black hole where people go to end careers. Newspaper business is nto what it once was and company is now trying to squeeze every ounce of productivity out of the workers, to their severe detriment


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    "A Bumbling Attempt to Navigate an Ailing Corporation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, excellent benefits, an open and easygoing work environment, some potential for advancement and job training, lots of time off, flexibility, additional perks from advertisers and seminars on retirement, etc.

    Cons

    Most of those "pro"s are good as of ten years ago. Withing the last five, panic ensued and all hell broke loose. Benefits, salary and jobs have been slashed. Upper and middle management, and then sales and news staff, have become a revolving door. Medical benefits are a bureaucratic nightmare and require yearly screening or you're cut. Management grasp desperately at radical solutions and completely lose focus on their main product while not really improving in technology fields. Before, some malcontents existed. Now, a poisonous atmosphere of hostility and bitterness prevails among even the best left.

    Advice to Management

    You need people who understand the publication industry capable of openness and honesty, and who are willing to make rational decisions on what to do about the internet. Instead we get Wall Street expatriates doing a hack job every two years before moving on to a better job. There are people with vision already working in your company. Find them, promote them and nourish them.

    Your employees appreciate your commitment to their benefits, but why do your senior editors not defend your company's rights to run its business, and instead kowtow to whatever way the wind is blowing?


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