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"I can't wait to get out of this place."

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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 Bay Area News Group full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Good original investigative stories. Many improvements on managerial and technological training. Attempts to keep up with technology. Great recent web redesign. Good system set up to deal with breaking news. Good opportunities for advancement. Very flexible with training opportunities outside the organization. Good flexibility for work-life balance. Basic benefits like health insurance still exist. For some time, they had a wellness committee that seemed very focused on improving employees' lives.

Cons

Decreasing oversight of editing process, more reliance on wire services. I wouldn't be at all surprised if something like the KTVU Asiana pilot names happened on our websites. Not as much of a "it's better to be right than first" attitude as I would like to see. Despite training improvements, they are still lacking on some of the basics -- for example, not nearly enough training on ethical issues of photo use. Some editorials seem to be based on what other media report without independent examination of the facts. They try to keep up with technology by having iPad, iPhone and Android apps, but none of them are very well done. Lots of layoffs and a high voluntary turnover rate. Lots of benefits have disappeared -- 401(k) matching, gym membership discounts, public transportation discounts. Wellness committee seems to have disappeared.

Advice to Management

You've lost so many good employees. Make this a place where they want to work forever so that you don't get stuck with a bunch of inexperienced people. You spend a lot of time focusing on the future in terms of technology but not enough of the future in terms of having a strong staff.

Other Employee Reviews for Bay Area News Group

  1. "Good people, low morale."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bay Area News Group full-time

    Pros

    Worked with good people, learned a lot about the business. Was able to advance quickly in the company and work in several departments.

    Cons

    Management is poor. Company direction is not clear, resulting in confusing, scattered messages. Low morale due to constant layoffs, paycuts, benefit cuts, and lack of team building. Not a well run company. Most employees are looking for new jobs, or trying to bide out their time until retirement.


  2. "Fall of Print"

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

    Pros

    "Was" pe-digital information service. Newspapers controlled ad budgets for both local and national clients.

    Cons

    Failed to embrace or understand the change and power of information and communications that were coming. Bureaucratic and stagnation turned once great institutions of journalism and the window of the world to aging lumbering dinosaurs. Wandering endlessly searching for and food ( ad clients) that in the new world, all but disappeared.

    Advice to Management

    RIP

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