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Bay Area News Group Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Worked with good people, learned a lot about the business (in 3 reviews)

  • I really enjoy the people I work with and also the ones I work for (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management provides no direction or recognition (in 3 reviews)

  • Low morale due to constant layoffs, paycuts, benefit cuts, and lack of team building (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Market Research Manager"

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

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time

    Pros

    Open to expanding in digital areas

    Cons

    Some pretty funky location facilities


  2. "Likely fatal lack of leadership"

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    Former Employee - Non-editorial
    Former Employee - Non-editorial
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Earning a paycheck and experience overall. Writing and journalism positions in editorial.

    Cons

    Micro-management without the ability to provide proper leadership skills resulting in extremely low workplace morale and a highly toxic workplace environment. Although based in Silicon Valley, this company lacks true forward thinking and shouldn't be regarded as such with products that merely mimic competitors. Culture is non-existent. Owned by a private equity firm.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making lazy decisions, your employees suffer for it. Take a good hard look in the mirror.


  3. "Bay Area News Group is an awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bay Area News Group full-time

    Pros

    The people and culture are amazing. I love my coworkers, and each day I get to do different types of creative work. I'm also blessed with two fantastic managers. They are supportive, don't micromanage, provide positive feedback, and always make me feel appreciated.

    Cons

    Literally the only con is the salary, which is on the low side.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. :)

    Bay Area News Group Response

    Mar 1, 2017 – Recruiter

    Thank you for your review! It's great to hear that we are exceeding your expectations of being an amazing place to work! We appreciate your candid response!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Administration"

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    Former Employee - Administration in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Administration in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There's nothing positive to say about this horrible place. Save yourself from making a terrible decision. The people working at the top of he chain don't give a damn about anyone in the company! The culture sucks and the employees seem to be drowning in misery.

    Cons

    Managers are way too micromanaging, they don't trust their employees, and lack professionalism. If you see any positive comments it's probably the recruiter trying to get good company reviews. Don't be FOOLED.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees the autonomy so they feel comfortable and happy to do their work. Trust your employees, be more human, and treat your employees with respect and learn how to show appreciation.

    Bay Area News Group Response

    Mar 1, 2017 – Recruiter

    Hello, We appreciate your feedback and will be looking into this more! We are sorry your experience at the Bay Area News Group did not meet our expectations of being the best place to work. We ... More


  6. "Good for entry-level"

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    Current Employee - Staff Writer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bay Area News Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    This position provides good experience for an entry-level journalist

    Cons

    Did not receive any pay raise or bonus in 2 years


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Receiving Department Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Receiving Supervisor in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Receiving Supervisor in Hayward, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bay Area News Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Training and support is good.

    Cons

    Decisions are made from upper Management without full knowledge of exactly how it will affect all involved.

    Advice to Management

    Work in departments to really see how things are before making drastic changes.


  8. "Great Place To Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Bay Area News Group is a fun and flexible place to work! I truly enjoy the people I work with and don't dread coming into work but look forward to it. Even though the Bay Area News Group is a larger organization I don't feel like I get lost in the cracks. The leadership is constantly giving it's employees the freedom grow and develop within the company. Overall, I am very proud to say I am part of the Bay Area News Group!

    Cons

    The Bay Area News Group is transforming from a print media company to a digital media company. There are some growing pains, but it's exciting to see the bigger picture of where the company is headed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging your employees to think outside the box and continue to give them the freedom to try new ideas and innovate the way we do business.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "No raises since 2008"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Now known as East Bay Times. The best part of the former Contra Costa Times/ Oakland Tribune family: Some wonderful talented and hardworking journalists are part of the newsroom team here.

    Cons

    As part of Digital First Media, the East Bay Times answers to the hedge fund Alden Global Capital. Employees have gone years, many of them 8 years or more, without raises, even is the company remains profitable. There are similar issues at the Mercury News and all papers in this chain.

    Advice to Management

    Give East Bay Times workers a raise. Invest in your people and your communities, which for decades have built and supported this news organization. Care more about people than investors.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Some great work still being done, but declining quality, quantity"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Department in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial Department in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Bay Area News Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the editors and writers produce great journalism with a sharp vision and passion, despite huge obstacles. Covers the exciting, dynamic, multicultural San Francisco Bay Area. Quality photojournalism and sports coverage.

    Cons

    BANG is owned by hedge fund Alden Global Capital, which cares only about squeezing profit out of a once-proud institution. Constant cost cutting has hollowed out the company and forced many fine journalists to leave. Nonunion workers got a puny pay hike recently after nearly a decade without -- in fact after several rounds of pay and benefit cuts. Union employees still haven't had a pay increase.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time much more frequently to praise front-line workers in the less-visible roles. When they aren't getting paid salaries that reflect their contributions, a friendly desk-side chat or encouraging email can go a long way toward making people feel valued.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Run far away from this place"

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

    I have been working at Bay Area News Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you like pressure cooker environments, work here. If you don't respect yourself and your time, work here. If you like being bludgeoned over the head to make impossible goals, throughout a soul-crushing career, go ahead and apply.

    Cons

    It used to be a proud company, but now it's just sad how not only employees but their shrinking audience (!) are treated unfairly. Management seeks to find newer ways to paint lipstick on this pig. Until it is owned and run by people who actually care about its true mission of investigative reporting, it will be nothing more than an empty shell with no future. Period.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look in the mirror. Do you like what you see? Didn't think so. Regain some pride and speak some truth, try to care a little more about your audience.



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