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Updated March 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and good working environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Work life balance was very fair (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management constantly changes, pulling the company in lots of different directions without much thought (in 6 reviews)

  • Impossible to get a raise (even for cost of living) so make sure you really negotiate salary coming in (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "What a place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Tribune full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Direct management has always been helpful in day to day issues that may arise, and also have always been there to assist in finding other opportunities within the company, whether they be within the same team/department or on another.

    Cons

    There are a lot of changes that constantly happen within the company. However, more often than not, most employees don't hear about these changes until right before they happen, even when the changes could potentially impact their day-to-day activities/operations.

    Advice to Management

    Please, be more transparent with your employees. Transparency is the greatest asset of trust you can give them.


  2. "Challenging Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior UI Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior UI Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked on the very first redesign of latimes.com from the ground up. All new code. Management was always supportive and had kind words to keep us motivated. The UI work was very challenging since everything had to be written from scratch with no plugins.

    Cons

    Because the schedule was so aggressive, there wasn't a lot of downtime or mingling among the developers. There was quite a few days of mandatory overtime

    Advice to Management

    More one on one meetings to keep developers in the loop


  3. "Operations"

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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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast pace work getting the news to print. Rich history. Lots of change. Working with a lot of talented people.

    Cons

    Management not in step with employees. Low pay and little chance for advancement. Minimal training.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of talented people are under utilized.


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  5. "Tough job, but trib looks good on a resume"

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    Former Employee - Inbound Ad Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inbound Ad Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I am still close with many of the people I worked with to this day. Also, the Trib looks great on a resume and it can be a great stepping stone to literally anything else.

    Cons

    Working in a call center is difficult and can be very frustrating. Pay was extremely poor. Management seemed determined to squeeze every last penny out of its employees. Unfortunately, I don't foresee it getting better any time soon.
    When I was there, every opportunity for a promotion was met by a dozen equally bright, talented and qualified internal candidates, which was frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that inbound ad reps have a lousy job and cut them some slack. Holding them to frustratingly unbending standards isn't helping morale.


  6. "Chicago Tribune"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Pays well
    -Treated well
    -A very enjoyable work environment

    Cons

    -Company uses bad technique to teach and get customers. Pay is good but not steady

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Apr 29, 2016 – Recruitment Manager

    We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback. We are glad to hear the working environment was enjoyable – that is important to us. We recently hired a dedicated resource for our ... More


  7. "Maintenance Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Third Shift Maintenance Supervisor in Matteson, IL
    Former Employee - Third Shift Maintenance Supervisor in Matteson, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has been around for over 100 years. They do promote qualified people. The work is steady with peaks during holiday seasons requiring overtime.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry overall is on the wane and the company is downsizing. It is not likely ever recover and the stress of getting a paper out on a daily basis takes a toll. Wages have been frozen for 6 years and there are only merit increases given, not cost of living raises. The company runs 24/7 so new hires are likely to end up on 2nd or 3rd shift.


  8. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Tribune full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always looking to reinvent itself and carries a lot of respect for its importance to the community and resiliency.

    Cons

    Has been decimated by decreased revenue streams and that has impacted every department and has stunted progress.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the inevitability of the decreasing revenue streams from National advertisers of your print products and become local brand that all businesses can't survive without.


  9. "Chicago Tribune"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Chicago Tribune full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    At the chicago tribune you learn many new trades and skill.

    Cons

    take a minute to become full time.

    Advice to Management

    continue to be very supportive to the workers


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It's a scam!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Local Journalist Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Local Journalist Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Tribune part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay listed seemed nice for starting out of college

    Cons

    They gave me a check to deposit into my account for expenses, and then the check was returned and I was charged a fee for the returned check. Seems like a complete scam!!!!

    Advice to Management

    The boss was completely unprofessional.


  11. "Used to be a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Feel like you're doing important work. It's fun to work in the news business. Your fellow journalists are a fun bunch.

    Cons

    Fewer people are reading our work and there's constant pressure to make money and a constant fear of layoffs. Management has completely lost touch with decency.

    Advice to Management

    Be decent to your employees. We all know job cuts are a reality, but treat your remaining employees like human beings.


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