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Bay Area News Group Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2019

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2.7
27%
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Bay Area News Group CEO 	Sharon Ryan (no image)
Sharon Ryan
14 Ratings
Pros
  • "newspapers across the Bay Area, a production person might work on several different(in 6 reviews)

  • "The work life balance is amazing(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "newspapers in the group means minimal job duplication across the group, so employees may need to travel for HR or training needs(in 6 reviews)

  • "BANG is owned by hedge fund Alden Global Capital, which cares only about squeezing profit out of a once-proud institution(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Nice people"

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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bay Area News Group

    Pros

    The people are nice and digital solutions are on-par.

    Cons

    Management is based on activity, but it's tough to find a sales org that isn't.

    Bay Area News Group2018-02-06
  2. "Working for a newspaper isn't close to what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bay Area News Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    One of the last real newspapers in the Bay Area

    Cons

    Don't expect a raise and don't expect anyone to ever thank you for what you do, especially when dealing with editors in San Jose.

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    Bay Area News Group2019-04-11
  3. "Good people"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive 

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good training and good people.

    Cons

    Too many changes in the industry.

    Bay Area News Group2019-03-29
  4. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bay Area News Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Growing with the most advanced digital solutions in the industry and what would take me 5 yrs to learn at another company I've learned within a year here.

    Cons

    I would recommend this company to anyone looking for growth in digital advertising

    Bay Area News Group2018-11-09
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Cadavera vero innumera: Newspaper chain in free fall"

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

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time

    Pros

    Given the dire straits of this newspaper group -- and all those owned by the vulture hedge fund Alden Global Capital -- the only conceivable benefit of working here would be if you're an entry-level employee (ad sales reps, for example) needing some experience and don't plan on hanging around long.

    Cons

    Relentless downsizing has left BANG with a skeletal editorial staff, far too few in number to produce the hyperlocal content many (now former) readers wanted. The constant threat of layoffs has created a fearful, toxic environment along with ever-increasing demands on the few reporters/editors/photographers left. 'Lean and mean' doesn't begin to describe this company that has so little regard for the backbone of its staff -- the content producers. The focus has shifted from covering individual communities to churning out stories that generate the most clicks and shares -- crime, fires and other assorted mayhem along with sweeping regional stories that have little or no relevance to specific markets. And for their efforts, the rank-and-file are rewarded with subsistence level wages.

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    Bay Area News Group2018-03-28
  6. "Reporter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues with a strong-sense of mission to journalist work Ability to write for a news organization that is recognized for being central to coverage of the San Francisco Bay Area A lot of talented reporters, editors, photographers, graphic artists, multimedia journalists and the like there, who are collaborative and very committed to their work

    Cons

    A lot of economic uncertainty, since it's owned by a hedge fund. Lots of layoffs and buyouts People are overworked and feel underappreciated so morale is low, largely due to the economic insecurity of the newspaper chain Not a lot of openness to new ideas or approaches unless you happen to be part of a more select group of decision-makers at the San Jose Mercury News Can be quite hierarchical in its approach to allowing new and local reporters to produce front-page stories, preferring to allow regional or senior South Bay reporters get more high profile stories

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    Bay Area News Group2018-02-08
  7. "It's ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time

    Pros

    Good place to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Management impedes positive cultural changes. Old school thinking that keeps the business afloat, but stunts growth. Implements unnecessary processes.

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    Bay Area News Group2017-10-30
  8. "Great Salary - impatient management"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Base salary for Account Execs are good. Compensation is good. Very up to date with the tools they provide you to prospect and create presentations. Lots of templates. Coworkers were great. Learned a lot about digital ads and SEM/SEO. Great brand recognition and support group.

    Cons

    Management is very impatient. They have soooo many products and services to offer and they expect you to learn and come up with solutions for clients immediately. They micro manage. Lots of politics involved. Company was transitioning from paper to digital so lots of new services were introduced. Training was thorough but they mix up the roles in the training so you learn a lot of things you tend to not use after.

    Bay Area News Group2017-08-25
  9. "Good place to get started"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time

    Pros

    Some flexibility, ok starting salaries.

    Cons

    Continual layoffs, turnover, and restructuring make for constant chaos.

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    Bay Area News Group2017-08-30
  10. "Poorly Managed"

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

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours (depending on job).

    Cons

    Unable/unwilling to make much-needed changes to grow company, poorly managed, average benefits

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    Bay Area News Group2017-08-17
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