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Updated Apr 11, 2019

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Bay Area News Group President and Publisher 	Sharon Ryan (no image)
Sharon Ryan
14 Ratings
  1. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Bay Area News Group part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Co-workers have always been really great and a generally nice place to work.

    Cons

    If you're Part Time consider yourself stuck there, not much advancement. Working Holidays can be a pain. Work schedules vary.

    Bay Area News Group2014-07-21
  2. "Decent place to work given the industry"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Account Executive in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent training programs and support. Good place to get a start out of college with adequate opportunities to advance if you are motivated. Not an extremely competitive work environment.

    Cons

    Tough job given the downward trend in the industry. lacks sales support programs and technology. The company seems to be shooting itself in the foot with cutbacks.

    Bay Area News Group2014-07-11
  3. "Under-resourced but full of good people"

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    Current Employee - Reporter 

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

    Pros

    On a good day, this is a top-notch organization that works to produce news of interest and value.

    Cons

    Resources are spread thin and so employees are overworked, underpaid and not always able to do the investigative work that the public needs and that's rewarding to a journalist's career.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the smaller newspapers in the chain as bureaus and not as second cousins. Work to create a more holistic and bigger vision for the entire network of newspapers.

    Bay Area News Group2014-07-10
  4. "For the most part, BANG's been good to me."

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    Current Employee - Reporter 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bay Area News Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Exposure, brand recognition, commitment to quality journalism.

    Cons

    General morale, room for growth

    Advice to Management

    The wrong people are leading the charge into the digital age. Upper management, try as they might,, not looking to the people equipped to usher in change. A little out of touch.

    Bay Area News Group2014-05-19
  5. "Over all good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bay Area News Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule , great training , really good tools to help you succees

    Cons

    very cutthroat , always changing

    Bay Area News Group2014-05-06
  6. "My professional opportunities were stagnant."

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

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The older/last tenure employees were extremely professional, high quality and cared about their roles at the company and the company's perception in communitieis.

    Cons

    Industry is in transition -- digital v. print -- and overall outlook is questionable. Ups/downs/lefts/rights. Difficult to navigate strategy/products v. individual performance.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Bay Area News Group2014-05-12
  7. "Good company with a poor owner"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bay Area News Group for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Local People are good employees.

    Cons

    Bad owner who knows only how to cut and not how to grow business.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Bay Area News Group2014-05-02
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Behind the Times"

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

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some really great hardworking people, very dedicated journalists.

    Cons

    Poor management. No vision for the future online. Slow to make needed changes. Poor treatment of employees (salary freezes, salary cuts, expensive benefits.)

    Advice to Management

    Pay people wages that they deserve.

    Bay Area News Group2014-01-25
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great company; great product. Needs some help."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offered a great sales training program. Has open door policy. There are limited chances for advancement but they do exist. They are a forward thinking company yet has roadblocks with senior management trying to run business like it was 30 years ago that seems to hold the company back.

    Cons

    Bonus structure was always changing. "Old men's club environment" where more women are let go and more men are promoted regardless of successful track record. HR didn't seem to respond to complaints with regard to lack of ethics and integrity on a specific high level individual, likely to do with his connection his boss's boss and their weekend relationship.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees but then act on it. Break the bond between upper management and others within company to bust the favoritism barrier. Don't wait so long to make decisions on personnel changes or new product development. Have Ivory Tower walk around ad visit with workers to get a feel of how hard they work and thank them for that work. Appreciate goes along way.

    Bay Area News Group2013-12-28
  10. "I can't wait to get out of this place."

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

    I have been working at Bay Area News Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good original investigative stories. Many improvements on managerial and technological training. Attempts to keep up with technology. Great recent web redesign. Good system set up to deal with breaking news. Good opportunities for advancement. Very flexible with training opportunities outside the organization. Good flexibility for work-life balance. Basic benefits like health insurance still exist. For some time, they had a wellness committee that seemed very focused on improving employees' lives.

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    Cons

    Decreasing oversight of editing process, more reliance on wire services. I wouldn't be at all surprised if something like the KTVU Asiana pilot names happened on our websites. Not as much of a "it's better to be right than first" attitude as I would like to see. Despite training improvements, they are still lacking on some of the basics -- for example, not nearly enough training on ethical issues of photo use. Some editorials seem to be based on what other media report without independent examination of the facts. They try to keep up with technology by having iPad, iPhone and Android apps, but none of them are very well done. Lots of layoffs and a high voluntary turnover rate. Lots of benefits have disappeared -- 401(k) matching, gym membership discounts, public transportation discounts. Wellness committee seems to have disappeared.

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    Advice to Management

    You've lost so many good employees. Make this a place where they want to work forever so that you don't get stuck with a bunch of inexperienced people. You spend a lot of time focusing on the future in terms of technology but not enough of the future in terms of having a strong staff.

    Bay Area News Group2013-08-11
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