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Chicago Tribune Reviews

Updated February 1, 2019
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  • "Great culture, great team atmosphere, great location downtown" (in 6 reviews)

  • "You get to work with and learn from a lot of talented and hard-working people who really care about their work and helping the world" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Account manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Tribune full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great team and perks and great location

    Cons

    none the company was great to work with


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Work Here"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was able to work from home.

    Cons

    So many to list. Pay is very low. Many senior sales reps find out that they are making $20,000(base) less a year verses some new hires. The company frequently hires people with flashy resumes but little actual experience. The new hires bounce from job to job every year and somehow become your boss. Senior management at the director level and up are place holders. Directors get a fat salary to make poor decisions, act like they care then they cash out and run to a new company or non-profit to start it all over again. Directors have little experience in the field selling newspaper and digital advertising. Directors typically get lucky with 1 good account(most likely a builder/family friend) that makes them look like an advertising super star. Directors usually have not worked through a recession thus they have no idea what it is like to sell in a poor economy. Sales reps (the people that bring in the money) make less than the CRM police!! Commission is capped!!! Sell your butt off but write a credit do to an error(your fault or not) and if that credit puts you under your goal you get 0 ZERO!!!! Commission. I made $33,000 base afters 14+ years in the business and find out that most people were at $45,000. Some were above $50,000. Customer payments are applied to the wrong accounts all the time. Customer credits (say something did not run or ran wrong) are given fairly BUT they are not applied. The credit sits on the customer's account unapplied until you specifically ask them to apply it. Bad HMO for health insurance. PPO is unaffordable. If you don't hand out with the big shots and drink you are not a member of the "cool kids" thus you become a target for the next round of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Make directors and managers sell!! Stop capping the commission. Pay your reps from dolar one. Pay you sales people a larger base. Stop paying the people with no sales experience top dollar to come up with "digital sales initiatives". Develop your digital sales products based on what your customers say they need.

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Feb 8, 2019 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. As our organization continues our transformation to becoming a digital media company, we are committed to attracting and retaining top talent and providing the right... More

  3. "Low wages, regular layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Pioneer Press Reporter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Pioneer Press Reporter in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Tribune (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At least you get to work in the news business. And they pay driving expenses and have decent health insurance -- better than the regular Trib reporters, because of the PP union.

    Cons

    Everybody is doing more work than they should because of regular layoffs, and it hurts the quality. PP is well on the way to becoming an all-contractor operation, and not a good one.

    Advice to Management

    At Pioneer Press, decide whether or not you're in the weekly newspaper business. It could have a very good ROP. But it has to be run seriously, from audience development to display and digital sales to editorial.

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Jan 16, 2019 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for the review and your service. Although many are focused on the challenges of our industry, our organization remains committed to become a digital company in a quickly evolving news... More


  4. "Not what it once was"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Staffer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Editorial Staffer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Tribune full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working colleagues and shared mission.

    Cons

    Short staffed, current hiring freeze, trying to do more with fewer people.

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Oct 31, 2018 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your feedback and your service. We are a company built on the commitment to excellence in journalism. We understand that our employees are critical to our success and attracting and... More


  5. "Worker"

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

    I have been working at Chicago Tribune full-time

    Pros

    The Benefits ( Medical, Dental)

    Cons

    The Schedule and the equipment need improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to suggestions from workers.

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Jun 8, 2018 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. Your input and the feedback you provided is vitally important to us as we strive to create collaborative work environments.


  6. "tronc"

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

    I have been working at Chicago Tribune full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location. Great co-workers. People have computers.

    Cons

    work environment, cockroaches, trust in employees

    Advice to Management

    work on team building

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Feb 13, 2018 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate you acknowledging your great co-workers and office location. Regarding the work environment, we strive to create an environment where all employees can take... More


  7. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very tech-savvy co-workers, with strong knowledge of what is actually happening in the country and world.

    Cons

    Industry is changing, meaning an extremely uncertain future.

    Advice to Management

    Publicly display wages based on specifics of job, not on negotiating skills.

  8. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chicago Tribune full-time

    Pros

    Caring management. Trying to do things differently around here.

    Cons

    Gotta roll with the punches cause of all the changes


  9. "Worked in Classifieds Division"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service, Classifieds in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service, Classifieds in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Tribune building, the location, there are some cool and friendly co-workers. Company name familiar to many. Fun party of Chicago.

    Cons

    Pay, morale, management had no idea what was going on. Many higher ups appeared to do zero all day. Tried to instill culture of fear. Zero chance of advancement

    Advice to Management

    Don’t take out the industry’s problem on entry level employees. Trim managerial fat.

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Oct 31, 2017 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate your acknowledging your outstanding colleagues. The Chicago Tribune is in the midst of an ongoing transformation as we respond to changes in our rapidly... More


  10. "Tribune review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    * Tribune is nationally known and has a great reputation, which means you don't have the same challenges as reporters who work for smaller media outlets.
    * Despite the issues facing the industry, the Tribune has strong ethics and won't force you to sell your soul to please readers and advertisers.

    Cons

    *Too much complacency and not enough fresh ideas.
    *Before accepting a salary, make sure to get it in writing. The things I've seen...