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Austin American-Statesman Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Austin American Statesman"

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    Former Employee - Pressroom Supervisor in Bastrop, TX
    Former Employee - Pressroom Supervisor in Bastrop, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company they value their employees

    Cons

    news papers are a dying industry


  2. "Used to be a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Austin American-Statesman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good corporate atmosphere. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Once pigeon-holed, hard to ever move up or grow into a new position.

    Advice to Management

    Remember without the production department- not gets produced.

  3. "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had fun coworkers and felt like my job had a purpose. There was a lot of energy at times. They had good benefits, as well.

    Cons

    Cox made confusing decisions around eliminating roles and where to consolidate positions. You felt like you might lose your job any day, which made morale drop over the years. Unsurprisingly, there were very few career opportunities. Compensation was below the norm for similar roles in Austin.

    Advice to Management

    More communication regarding decisions would have helped.


  4. "Ok career stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Executive, Classifieds in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Executive, Classifieds in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people, challenging work, opportunities for promotion with hard work and self promotion to manager. Good company overall with ok benefits.

    Cons

    Some managers didn't pay close enough attention to who was really doing the work - rather they assigned commissions purely by title vs. effort and who was really managing the account(s)

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to who is actually doing the work.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "poor work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Since this is the primary newspaper of Austin, working at the Statesman is great opportunity for exposure to a large amount of readers. Casual dress code. The paper is well-respected and looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Wages are lower than industry standard. The environment at the Statesman does not foster creativity. The employee training leaves a lot to be desired and does not adequately prepare employees for the work that they will be required to do. Feedback from superiors is not given freely; mistakes are not corrected in a timely manner and enthusiasm is rarely if ever rewarded. As an older newspaper, the Statesman likes to play it safe. The attitude of many of the younger staff members is not very genuine. If you value innovation and a creative and collaborative work environment, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Invest seriously in a concrete, uniform training program for your new employees, even if only for basic tools and programs that they will be using on a daily basis. Place a higher value on frequent and open feedback between superiors and staff. Foster a more creative environment and welcoming attitude between employees. The health of your newsroom would greatly benefit.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "It's tough to be just the writing on the paper"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fun, fast-pace environment. Employs across generations, great opportunities for mentor-ship from both sides. Lots of events and community involvement.

    Cons

    Struggling to stay afloat in the 21st Century. Reactionary decisions (rather than research) have lead to the demise of several departments. Compensation on the lower end of industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in professional development of current employees at all levels of management.


  7. "delivery compliance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman part-time

    Pros

    good pay for part time work, wonderful company, supervisors, and location. would have stayed if this portion of the company had stayed in Austin

    Cons

    company moved all routing to Atalanta to fall inline with Cox media practices. only part time offered, only 2 full time positions available.

    Advice to Management

    Everything was out of their control so, so really nothing they could do for us on the end of our positions. really enjoyed all of their advice

  8. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Paid well, co-workers are great!!!

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs, dying media.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not worth your time and effort. Had 10 managers, 3 VPs, and 3 Publishers in 2 1/2 years."

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    Former Employee - Digital Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Digital Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Austin American-Statesman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some great people that have been there for a very long time, particularly the coordinators.
    Good benefits and a great location downtown.

    Cons

    Extreme turnover. Management hired and fired over 30 people in 2 years. Very few quality leaders, constant changes from upper management. Managers with little to no experience, who pick favorites for no apparent reason.
    Very little tech support on account of high turnover. Change commission structure constantly, 3 times in 2 years.
    Everybody has different vision, and everyone is pulling in a different direction.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your quality people better, you've let too many leave. Learn the foundation of your job, and quit being afraid to get your hands dirty.


  10. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company culture, work live balance is great

    Cons

    lean teams, you wear a lot of hats


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