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Updated March 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment with lots of cooperation between different areas (in 2 reviews)

  • Good benefits like PTO and might get holidays off (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • sales goals (which means you make less) (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management is firmly entrenched with new blood and ideas marginalized (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Senior District Service Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arizona Republic full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible work schedule, benefits

    Cons

    Night hours, employee concerns not a top priority

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your best employees or you will fail.


  2. "Auto Sales"

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    Former Employee - Automotive Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Automotive Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arizona Republic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    No more Pros since 2014.

    Cons

    Ever since the Clinton endorsement by Mi-ai Parrish the news papers results have dropped to almost nothing. Also the company hides it's recent circulation numbers from employees and customers for obvious negative reasons. Mi-ai has put the nail in the coffin of product that maybe had a couple more years left of generating a decent profit margin.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to corporate: Why are you letting a single publisher with no business background make substantial revenue impacting decisions? Hire more business oriented individuals that could come together as a successful revenue driving force for this publication/territory of Gannett.


  3. "Conflicting Messages"

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    Current Employee - Digital Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Digital Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arizona Republic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most local management is awesome, highly invested. Most local sales people are smart, collaborative. Decent pay

    Cons

    Commission structure is changing. Increasing micromanagement by corporate. Lots of symbolic changes/ideologies by corporate that doesn't get implemented on a local level. Short term cash grabs implemented by upper management that hurts long term revenue growth and creates high customer churn in a highly competitive marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Try sticking to a strategy for more than a few months at a time. It takes time to change the culture of a 126 year old print behemoth into a digital company. Don't be afraid to make personnel changes, but make smart ones(i.e. don't fire the head of support staff as you make large scale changes to support procedures) and do a better job hiring digitally saavy sales people.


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  5. "A sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Advertising Department in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Advertising Department in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arizona Republic full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers that truly know the meaning of the words "team work"; nice office in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

    Cons

    Extremely low employee morale as rifs (reductions in workforce) happen often; poor healthcare benefits that are too costly for what they provide - employee pays 100% out of pocket for doctor visits and prescriptions until high deductible is met. Raises have been nonexistent for the past several years.

    Advice to Management

    This section gave me a chuckle as Management does not take any advice! All decisions come from corporate office on other side of the country. Local management does not have the backbone to challenge the many poor decisions made by corporate.


  6. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arizona Republic full-time

    Pros

    Great team and work environment. Lots of autonomy

    Cons

    Going through a change in the market, can be confusing and challenging for newer reps.


  7. "Sales Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Sales Account Executive in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Multimedia Sales Account Executive in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Arizona Republic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people they hire are really great and everyone seems to have fun and enjoy each other.

    Cons

    Print is a dying field so numbers and expectations of goals are sometimes unrealistic.


  8. "emplyoee"

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    Current Employee - Mailer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Mailer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona Republic full-time

    Pros

    Its a good long company to work for. Enjoy people and the work.

    Cons

    Its slowly gone down industry. Not much for moving up in the company. Shifts changes a lot not good for family life all the time.


  9. "Customer Service"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arizona Republic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Average hourly pay ($12/hour), possible commission without an earning cap. Good benefits like PTO and might get holidays off. Subscription discount on the newspaper.

    Cons

    Repetitive, poor management, understaffed, hard metrics that disqualify you from commission if you don't make it. Micromanaging during full shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to lead by example


  10. "Decent place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great supervisors, nice work atmosphere, awesome co workers,

    Cons

    work hours, bad metrics, leads


  11. "Too many doing very little"

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    Current Employee - Analyst- Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Analyst- Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Arizona Republic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a company with deep ties within the community, many employees from all departments want to do good work and help their clients or audiences. They have some really, really talented and devoted leaders like Randy Lovely and Nicole Carroll who look at the big picture, try to stay objective and service oriented and really focus on the public aspect of the institution- even if the company leans left (if you are right) or seems right (if you are left)- there is effort there to try to be relevant and provide good information.

    Cons

    There is a decided shift- probably budget- to more institutional content and that takes away from local information that is relevant and meaningful to readers. Upper management, in recent years, have put on a show about how all this consolidation is the company getting bigger and better- providing more content but in reality- it makes them less relevant and the reader can detect the generalized approach. They think that by faking deep content and being loud on singular topics that are buzzing- they can appear to be comprehensive and relevant though leaders. They are not- readers can detect it and eventually will realize that the content is generic and replaceable. Sales is low because there are so many managers, directors and ancillary positions that don't actually contribute to sales growth. They are just really adept at positioning themselves next to a huge sales win and say, "I was a part of that" - it's truly leeching from the people who do the work, help advertisers, and work to make advertisers see success. If we took away half of sales leadership- who spend more time in meetings and reading reports- and replaced that with sales and sales support- there would be more revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Really take the time to figure out how sales truly happened - who was pivotal in securing the win, retaining the business and who was support that, if you were to have removed their presence, the sale would have happened anyways. Take all those roles, eliminate "support" and "leadership" and replace with hardworking sales people and sales coordinators who are constantly selling, prospecting and earning those dollars.



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