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Black Press Group Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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  1. "Underpaying, soul crushing"

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    Former Employee - Reporter/Photographer in Stettler, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Reporter/Photographer in Stettler, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black Press Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pros of journalism: meeting new people & learning new things. Plus, the benefits were good. I enjoyed the journalism part of the job but the rest, no.

    Cons

    Despite not stunting on benefits, wages were awful. I know our paper paid above average for BP. Our job duties kept increasing but wages did not. Meeting expectations required a lot of unpaid time. Finally, limited to no intervention on staff bullying.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff.


  2. "Zone Checker"

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    Current Employee - Zone Checker in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Zone Checker in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Black Press Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The staff I work with

    Cons

    People complaining, Carriers quitting, Bundles being dumped

  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Creative Manager in Abbotsford, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Creative Manager in Abbotsford, BC (Canada)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for with good upper management team. Good benefits and fair wages

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  4. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Autonomy and support systems

    Cons

    Personal foibles of owner, unrealistic targets


  5. "Job as a carrier"

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    Former Employee - Carrier in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Carrier in Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black Press Group part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A rewarding experience with people during delivery. You learn many great skills for the workforce and for life.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay that much per delivery, and only once a month.

    Advice to Management

    During the hot summer and if it's snowing in the winter, maybe increase the pay a bit because those months can be more difficult during work due to the extremes of the weather and makes it less pleasant to go outside. I think many people would appreciate that for a change.


  6. "vanpress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black Press Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    get full benefits after 3 months. get to face weird workers

    Cons

    get to face weird workers

    Advice to Management

    don't get involved


  7. ""Good colleagues, top people not so much.""

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

    I worked at Black Press Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    day to day, the people were great

    Cons

    The suits at the top have no clue what they're doing, and don't seem to take advice. Treat people like numbers, promote non-deserving buffoons...nepotism extremely high."

  8. "Do not recommend"

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    Former Employee - Reporter/Editor
    Former Employee - Reporter/Editor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Black Press Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    My coworkers were wonderful, and the location of the office was great.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care at all about their employees. You will constantly be waiting for the axe to fall on your head. They know that there are hundreds of journalists that are looking for work, and so they treat you like garbage because they can replace you instantly. They also pay very little, even if you're at the top of the food chain in a publication. During my almost seven years there, I received only 20 cents extra per hour.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your employees are people; treat them with respect instead of as something that earns you money.


  9. "Not for all."

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Black Press Group part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Humour kept everyone going.

    Cons

    High pressure work and low moral/low pay

    Advice to Management

    Investing in your employees will help your bottom line. Really. The amount of time wasted due to using archaic system just gets eaten up in wages. A little more investment would actually make things go quicker and result in less employee burn out.


  10. "Compositor"

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

    I worked at Black Press Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some very fine co-workers

    Cons

    No pay increases, over worked, unappreciated by management

    Advice to Management

    Update autocratic rule - it's very outdated


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