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Daily Journal (California) Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Daily Journal (California) President, CEO, CFO, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, and Director Gerald L. Salzman
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Never, ever, ever work here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Writer
    Current Employee - Staff Writer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Daily Journal (California) full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros to working here. It's a print newspaper that's about, oh, 15 years late to updating its business model. That's because the money isn't in their newspaper business; The company, I believe, earns its keep from bank stocks it bought during the economic crash, and from court document management software.

    So any opportunities that are supposedly created here are washed away by the fact that the Daily Journal does not care about your existence.

    Cons

    The top editor, of course. Newspapers are a shrinking business, Daily Journal included, and so the company has mandated for as long as I remember to cut costs. How does this happen? Turnover. How does turnover happen? Well...

    Basically the editor makes this place completely miserable to work. Expect to never be complimented for your work, ever. There are also no measurements of success, so one day you could be criticized for the quality of quotes you're getting, while the next it's because you're not pursuing certain stories, or pursuing others too much, or you said something that offended a source. This is niche publishing, so the audience and your sources are one and the same, and they buy the paper. Writing something they don't like, therefore --- and never mind if it's true, accurate, and fair reporting --- could get you chastised, berated, written up, even fired. The editor truly sees himself a dictator of his own little empire (by the way, editor, it's not one), so he'll go out of his way to make sure you know just how bad it is you were doing your job. The truth is, though, his wrath is not about your quality of work. He is a completely unstable person who is kept around because, as I said, his unprofessional actions keep costs down by pushing people to quit. (Which is a little funny, given how often they must expose themselves to lawsuits.)

    Also: NET NANNY IS REAL HERE. Seriously, say goodbye to Twitter, Facebook, and additionally, a bunch of really useful websites that have been blocked because the company's Internet filter decided you were dicking around online.

    Others have pointed out some okay things to consider: "decent pay" (if you consider living in Los Angeles or San Francisco for $35k-$40k decent... Uber drivers make more. So do interns at other reputable papers), steady hours, no weekend work, some health benefits, and an opportunity to write stories. Honestly you can get a lot of this working for a weekly or freelancing. The support that used to be here for feature writing or even decent editing is no longer around, and writers are forced to produce content in a newspaper style that is beginning to become extinct. I'm deadly serious that you'd probably get more satisfaction, pay, and career opportunities as a Starbucks barista.

    Advice to Management

    Stop working. If you're the kind of person who listens to that insane boss of yours, you're probably destroying the spirit of everyone under you at Daily Journal, and it would honestly be best if you didn't take this level of incompetence and pollute it at any other company, ever.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "I did not enjoy working here."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Terrible pay and unpleasant management


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