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Digital First Media Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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Pros
  • The Mercury and other papers at Digital First Media encourage new ideas and will lengthen the leash if you prove capable of thinking outside the box (in 5 reviews)

  • Many employees have been with the company for a long time and are decent, hard-working people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, constant layoffs, management only cares about web hits and money - not journalism (in 7 reviews)

  • Newspaper Industry is shrinking very, very rapidly, company is looking for new ways to stay profitable and currently is very challenging (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital First Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The local group was great with hardworking employees. The pay scale was very low compared to the going market rates. The group had a lot of top heavy salaried employees that was not worth their pay. The directors are bogged down with lots of paperwork that they cannot function in doing their jobs. They have a great group of underpaid employees and management needs to recognize them.

    Cons

    Everything is based on bottom line and too many lay offs.

    Advice to Management

    The company will only prosper because of the loyal employees. Treat them fairly and recognize them instead of laying them off. The employees is what makes a company a good place to work.


  2. "Good first-time job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunities for recent college grads

    Cons

    Unpredictable corporate structure and the possibility of downsizing

  3. "Advertising Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital First Media full-time

    Pros

    Let you run your own show; digital knowledge and training shared with staff

    Cons

    Unattainable bonus structure, no salary increases

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting staff and invest in somet hings


  4. "Newspaper business"

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    Current Employee - Product Owner in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Product Owner in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, vibe within Denver office is good and productive

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is dealing with a lot of change and shrinking revenues. This can make for a lot of changes in the work place. Budgets fluctuate and directions change quarterly.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with personnel and business changes before they happen


  5. "Poor Mgmt!"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digital First Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the friendships l made.

    Cons

    Poor mgmt oversight and skills.

    Advice to Management

    Treat others as you wish to be treated


  6. "Disjointed and Unorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Digital First Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked for a team with a phenomenal manager who was awesome at managing up as well as down.

    Cons

    The Detroit based section of the company I worked for was as unstable as any company can be. I believed they were in a transition and heading in a positive direction, but it didn't take long to figure out they were floundering; being pulled in too many directions... kind of felt like a multi-headed beast.


  7. "great work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Digital First Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible, easy going, friendly environment

    Cons

    little space to move up

    Advice to Management

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  8. "Company needs to evaluate their field leadership"

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

    Pros

    The people working to better this company - in the field, on the streets, making sales and reporting news.

    Cons

    Poor, poor leadership at the cluster level. Company makes poor decisions on publisher positions and then leaves them in place when the pubs are falling apart - all decisions lead by the publishers.

    Advice to Management

    Inspect what you expect. You terminate the people that make a difference because you need a number, when in actuality you should be looking that the leaders who are doing a poor job of leading.


  9. "No clear vision for the company"

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

    I worked at Digital First Media full-time

    Pros

    Many employees have been with the company for a long time and are decent, hard-working people

    Cons

    The company is so large that bureaucracy and poor communication between teams hinders general productivity. Half of any given day is wasted in meetings, especially so if you work across multiple teams.

    Advice to Management

    Give teams more autonomy, especially on the digital product front.


  10. "Industry on the down trend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good and talented people, fun technology to work with.

    Cons

    The industry is heading south, so perks and salaries are not good at all.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people and get a new insurance plan.


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