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Updated May 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great culture, great team atmosphere, great location downtown" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Great people, Free parking, and good location" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Worker"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "Gets the truth to the people, despite internal obstacles"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    “Getting the truth to the people” isn’t just a saying, it’s what the dedicated journalists do every day, several times each day.

    Cons

    Advertising and Marketing department employees have little knowledge of the products, often suggest creating products that already exist, and often attempt to skirt standards — for example, asking multiple managers to approve something, changing their story slightly each time until they get a “yes.”

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that anybody publicly representing the newspaper regularly reads it, and is familiar with its sections, its deadlines, and its standards.

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Jun 12, 2018 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. Our organization prides itself on editorial independence in our community and within our organization. In practice, this means our Editorial team does not engage with our... More


  4. "tronc"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "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


  6. "Worked in Classifieds Division"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "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...

  8. "Account Executive"

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

    I worked at Chicago Tribune full-time

    Pros

    Lots of different directions you can go in.

    Cons

    Lack of professional business development.

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We agree – there are ample opportunities to do great work at our company. We are proud of the initiatives underway to support our employees. We’ve made critical... More


  9. "Salesman"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Tribune full-time

    Pros

    Teamwork was really good
    experience
    sales
    managers
    good time

    Cons

    Not too good during winter.

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Jan 31, 2017 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for the feedback. Glad to hear you had a good experience.


  10. "Great opportunities"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Tribune full-time

    Pros

    Chicago is an amazing place, and the stories to tell are all there. If you hustle and do good work, I think you can have a great experience at the Trib. There are phenomenal folks working there by the bushel.

    Cons

    It's a newspaper in 2016, so it's heading upwind. That entails a lot of financial challenges that, inevitably, put pressure up and down the newsroom.

    Advice to Management

    Double down on the things people look to newspapers for - great investigative journalism, great storytelling, and great community integration. That last one might be the biggest key right now.

    Chicago Tribune Response

    Nov 15, 2016 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your comment. We agree – there are opportunities to do great work driven by our dedicated employees.


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