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"Be a sailor on a sinking ship"

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Former Employee - Reporter
Former Employee - Reporter
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Quality journalism encouraged and approved
Staff members are typically friendly
Editors are fair, bring out the best in their reporters

Cons

Pay is just barely enough to survive on for single person, so if you have a family your spouse/partner better be doing much better than you or you'll need food stamps
Job isn't safe given their constant downsizing over past two years, even for longstanding loyal employees. Editorial staff are seen as an expendable, loss-making portion of the company.
Territorialism of editors/reporters make cooperation with other publications impossible for regional stories.
Working outside your defined role discouraged. For example, suggestions on their websites, which are a sad joke, are completely ignored.
Promotion choices are based MUCH more on favoritism than merit.

Advice to Management

Learn how to make money, especially from the internet. Capital Newspapers' websites are pathetic, hard to use and loss-making. Massive potential for revenue lost there that will NOT be recouped from print.
Cutting editorial staff to save on costs isn't going to bring in more readers.
Consider taking a larger pay cut than the staff, since your inability to adapt to a changing news market is what's sinking the company, not the journalists, print staff, IT people or ad coordinators.

Other Employee Reviews for Capital Newspapers

  1. "Solid"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Capital Newspapers full-time

    Pros

    Great Products, many nice people, company mixes in some fun. Walking distance to the arboretum.

    Cons

    Too much sweets in the building.


  2. "Stressful work environment"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Sales Representative in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Multimedia Sales Representative in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Capital Newspapers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, helpful and friendly. Constant customer interaction was rewarding and allowed me to build long lasting relationships with my customers.

    Cons

    More managers than employees. No company reviews or raises. New employees struggle due to the lack of quality training and don't stay with this company very long.

    Advice to Management

    Value dedicated employees. Provide better training and support.

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