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Chicago Tribune Media Group Reviews

Updated August 18, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Love this company"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Chicago Tribune Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management was very supportive/helpful. Consistent training, regular 1:1 with manager, higher level managers are very accessible and invested in the success of the team.

    Cons

    Regular increases were lacking, didn't get a raise in the time I worked there and heard similar from coworkers who were there several years longer than I had been. Company working hard to increase revenue by acquisitions. Great idea, and very exciting, but leaving employees to wonder if the company would invest financially in their talent as well.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you so much for being so supportive, I loved working at CTMG. Consider including opportunities for increases in your review process. People who love their jobs are forced to pursue other opportunities (internally or externally) solely for financial gain. May be losing talent unnecessarily?


  2. "Editorial"

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Editorial in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Chicago Tribune Media Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company name is still gold.

    Cons

    Rare cost of living raises that don't keep pace with inflation, anyway; no such thing as merit raises: next-to-zero chance for advancement; ancient, tiresome and truly stupid "do more with less" mantra; and God help you if you're an older, white male employee. You WILL be kicked to the curb.

    Advice to Management

    Why? It's nothing anyone would listen to, anyway.

  3. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Chicago Tribune Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Iconic Company
    Journalistic mission
    Impactful work

    Cons

    Constant changes in leadership


  4. "Advertising Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Chicago Tribune Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Some managers are very laid back

    Cons

    Do not expect a raise, that does not happen around here
    No room for growth or career advancement
    Systems and computers are old

    Advice to Management

    Along with the lengthy review employees are asked to complete a merit raise should come with that. Employees are not motivated to work any harder knowing there will be a review at the end of the year with no raise.


  5. "Advertising finally heading in the right direction!"

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    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago Tribune Media Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at Tribune for many year under lots of different leaders in Advertising. The last 2 1/2 years has seen a lot of change and ups & downs but it is finally turning around for the reps and it seems like the company too.

    There were a few very polarizing and bad Directors that lead by rewarding their friends instead of performance. In the last year the new regime has turned the local team around. Reps are making money again and for the regional folks it feels like a solid team where your bosses actually care about you. The Director rewards hard work, she knows you personally and all her managers are supportive and encouraging. There is finally a career path, if you want it, and an environment where you feel like you matter again, regardless of friendships.

    We have another new VP of Sales, who is also a strong woman that looks like she is here to grow & make change. With the team they are building, its going to be interesting to see what will come from those of us working hard every day. Lots of change but glad I stuck around for the ride.

    Cons

    Ever changing world and if you dont like change, then you cant keep up. However, a lot of the change seems exciting and provides opportunity if you want to work.

    Change is also in Digital. If you dont know or want to know digital outside of print, then you are not towing the company line and you wont be successful. Tronc even certified all the reps with iab. Iab was very difficult to pass for certification for a lot of people. It helped you learn alot with digital but was nerve wracking to take tests again and prove you know your stuff.

    Regional Director is one of the best to work for but expects hard work and accountability. If you dont work hard its been clear this year that this isnt the place for you.

    Comp Plans were updated twice last year and still need a lot of work. Hopeful those change with everything else to allow sales reps to make more money and get away from non-sales tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making change and thinking of your reps first and the money will come. Clients love your reps and they need to be taken care of above all. Fix the comp plans once and for all.

    Try and get the other groups and Directors in advertising to come together as a team as the regional territory reps. Allow our managers to help grow the other teams so there are not groups of reps with different attitudes and ways of working. We all are on the same team whether its local or Major Pods.


  6. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Chicago Tribune Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Casual dress and work place environment, many great people.

    Cons

    Narrow scope - predominantly deals with expense and cost management & analysis
    Lack of meritocracy - don't be surprised if a manager/superior takes credit for your work.


  7. "Regional Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Regional Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Regional Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago Tribune Media Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    *Direct regional management really cares about individual employees feelings and values their feedback. I cannot say much about corporate management, however, as there is never any real direct contact with them.

    *Great colleagues who share best practices and respect each other for the most part.

    *Well respected brand name in the media industry with a very diverse product offering spanning across multiple media channels.

    *Flexible PTO and solid benefits package.

    *I believe that some newer additions to the regional management team will bring about positive change.

    Cons

    *Print/Newspaper industry in an overall decline and the company is still struggling to position itself as a "digital first company"

    *Career advancement opportunities are not very frequent as many of the mid level and senior level positions are held by individuals who have been with the company for many years. Currently there is not a clear cut path of progression per say.

    *Constant change, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it I suppose.

    *Comp plan can be a good or bad depending on your territory and if you are comparing it to the older model. I would say that it is more beneficial for those new to the role or in the major accounts vertical.

    Advice to Management

    *Continue to innovate and listen to the feedback/feelings of your front line sales reps.

    *Create multiple career paths with plans of advancement.

  8. "Sales Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Chicago Tribune Media Group (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was once a great company to work for but now it is just a good company to work for if you are social media savvy. Company is focused and moving forward on presenting news in digital format and killing the printed word. If you have a digital only mentality, then you will work well in this company under current management.

    Cons

    Company has experienced tremendous ownership turnover and employees are caught in the middle of ownership transitions making it difficult to remain focused on company mission. Downsizing was a daily event and company has not given raises to employees for several years. The company would ask more from you and give you less and less.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing bidding games for ownership and get back to the business of news. Good employees are being burned out and leaving due to your downsizing and expense reduction. Decide to keep or sell but stop all the games


  9. "Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Tribune Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Develop relationships with clients, it's not a job where you have to sit behind a desk all the time. there can be nice perks.

    Cons

    Capped commissions, there can be changes made to your job without any notice.


  10. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast paced environment with room for advancement.

    Cons

    Seven day work week, cost of living increases

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth.


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