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Updated October 30, 2017
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Marisa Porto
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  1. "Good opportunity"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Writer/Editor in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Writer/Editor in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daily Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's always interesting being in a news-gathering environment. Most of the people are friendly and committed to their jobs. Marisa is incredibly committed to "watchdog" journalism and is an incredibly understanding publisher. Being in City Center is fun -- lots going on in the neighborhood.

    Cons

    The hours are long and nobody's getting absurdly rich, but that's just the entire industry. Because it's a lot of trial and error with products, sometimes roles switch quickly.

    Advice to Management

    We have to learn something new every day and apply it. For the most part, it is being done, but that's a must to continue.


  2. "Doing important work"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Editor in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Daily Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Times are tough for news organizations, but this place is fighting the good fight. The Daily Press still engages in serious journalism that makes a difference. Sounds corny, but it's true -- and something to be proud of. High achievers here are rewarded with roles of increasing responsibility and opportunities to stretch their wings.

    Cons

    The hours are bad, and nobody's getting rich. But what did you expect? You're looking for a job in a newsroom.

  3. "Good place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daily Press full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Up to date training programs
    Solid benefits - can anyone say "unlimited time off"?
    Pleasant co-workers
    Perks - who doesn't like Friday's at Four?

    Cons

    Typical corporate cons, i.e. less people do more work, increased time between raises, etc. but this is happening everywhere.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not a happy place"

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    Former Employee - Advertising in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Advertising in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daily Press full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent people
    Nice office
    Benefits are ok

    Cons

    Inexperienced Publisher, constant shuffling of sales managers, and low pay make this a challenging place to work in sales. The newspaper industry is in decline which makes it hard but the internal politics and other distractions do not help. In just the last year the VP of Advertising was replaced and several sales managers have left or been forced to leave. There is no consistency in leadership in the sales department. Anyone who is good at their jobs have left or are planning to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stop turning over sales people. It is not their fault the industry is in shambles.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Awful experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daily Press full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some very good people that work here who are passionate about the newspaper and care about the community.

    Cons

    The toxic work environment is created from the top down. Their has been no consistency in sales management for years and that continues to be the case. The sales department has been treated as second rate employees for years under past and current management. Constant drama from corporate was a huge distraction and has been for years but has been increased with the change to tronc leadership. Salespeople are underpaid and it is hard to earn a living. Even good reps struggle to make ends meet. If you absolutely need a job then okay, but don't leave a decent one to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Act like professionals and stop the drama. Treat all employees with respect regardless of what positions they hold.

    Daily Press Response

    Feb 24, 2017 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for the feedback. As a company we strive to create a dynamic environment where all employees can take pride in their work, collaborate with others to meet their shared objectives and be... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Reporter"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Reporter in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Daily Press full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some great reporters and editors and enjoyed my time with them. I was entrusted with the freedom to find the best stories on my beat and given leeway to develop those. Many of the reporters and editors are dedicated to their work.

    Cons

    Low pay. Ongoing ownership/management turmoil. The newspaper industry is declining and there were no raises for years even though job duties and responsibilities were constantly increasing. The review process was totally bogus also and was humiliating.

    Daily Press Response

    Nov 9, 2016 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We are in the midst of a significant transformation to address the current challenges facing our industry. Our performance review process is being improved to ensure a... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "advertising sales"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Director
    Former Employee - Advertising Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Daily Press back in the 1990s was one of the finest companies I have ever worked at. After leaving and returning in 2012 I discovered that they had become a small time newspaper with many internal problems. The people were great to work with all working hard to keep this paper a strong community News paper and this paper holds a very good reputations within the community it serves

    Cons

    as a 38 year newspaper veteran who served in both outside sales, major accounts and management I am sorry to report that with the decline in readership and other forms of advertising available that the market has dropped significantly. With external problem I found that the Daily Press hired upper level management out of Chicago who did not really have vested interested in the area nor in the employees that have been engaged with this company some for over 30 years. when chicago took over they refused to invest dollars into the employee by giving raises and cutting support staff to the point that the sales staff spent most of their time processing what they sold than being able to sell and have a good support staff. Chicago made a practice of laying off folks to make their bottom line look stronger but in effect went so lean and mean that no one had real time to sell. First mistake was cutting up the presses and paying a competitor to print the product. second was to let a CEO who is more interested in his TV empire and putting all of Daily Press profits into his love and not giving raises or col raises to the folks that are the life blood of the Daily Press. 3 setting high sales expectations while setting up the staff to "sell against themselves, each other" cutting into potential earning potential of staff. 4 Not understanding the Market due to outside management running the game. 5 Not supporting the employees. One vp used to walk in and not even say good morning to staff. I suppose that person thought they were to good for their staff and in reality some of the staff had more knowledge then they did.

    Advice to Management

    accountability for employees but you need to stop selling against yourselves. rehire more support staff instead of having the support staff located in Chicago. You must have a better graphic arts department where you can turn out good layouts for clients and stop micromanaging folks. The pressure of turning sales should be positive learning for your sales staff instead of fear of being let go. I left because of the problems and disappointment of how the outsiders were running and no personal hope for advancement

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Considering the newspaper was slowing dying not a bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Major Accounts Manager in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Major Accounts Manager in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, management mostly understanding, sales goals realistic given declining industry conditions

    Cons

    no job security, high pressure sales environment, no upward mobility or career opportunities, compensation only fair, upper management detached, bad morale due to continuing layoffs


  9. "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daily Press full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Community involved, great position for a networker & a make a difference kind of job!

    Cons

    Just plain office politics...but you can overcome them!


  10. Helpful (5)

    "A mess!"

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

    I have been working at Daily Press full-time

    Pros

    Some very sweet people.
    Nice location.
    New furniture

    Cons

    The Daily Press is a small newspaper that tends to create a manager for every problem. You can't shake a stick without hitting a manager/Vp/director etc. Some of these managers "manage" 1-2 people. The turnover is so high that people joke they spend more money on business cards then salaries. The pay for sales people is really low; at best it's an entry level job. You will be micro managed to death. They are so afraid that you are not working that they constantly have meetings but then yell at you when you don't have sales. You don't have work spaces only a station; you have to pack up all your stuff and move it from your car all the time. The executive team is absent, you will not see them; they will not talk to clients or support you. A manager made a rep bring her child in because they did not trust them to work from home! HR issues are all over the place but people are afraid to come forward. It is not uncommon to hear people crying in the bathroom or hallways. When VPs come in from out of town you are told not come in. It is a sad place to work; lots of turnover, layoffs and people quitting.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce your managers by 1/2. Do a survey (anonymous) to see and hear what is really going on.
    Turnover is due to the managers.
    You don't need all the VP's.
    Stop doing easter egg hunts when your staff is scared to death of being fired or screamed at.
    Help us.

    Daily Press Response

    May 23, 2016 – Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for the feedback. We strive to create an environment where all employees can take pride in their work, engage in meaningful conversations with their colleagues, and, at the end of the day... More


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