Capital Newspapers - Just ok. Must love what you do to work for peanuts | Glassdoor
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"Just ok. Must love what you do to work for peanuts"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Hours were ok and benefits were comparable to an average company in the area. Company was organized and employees had a fair work / life balance.

Cons

Pay was low and work was stressful due to numerous deadlines. May have changed though as it has been a few years since I left.

Advice to Management

Hire competent management not just someone that can talk their way to the top. Make sure management actually shows they care about their employees. Try not to fly off the handle in stressful situations.

Other Employee Reviews for Capital Newspapers

  1. "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.


  2. "Good Delivery work"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Madison, WI
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Capital Newspapers as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's pretty easy to get the job. Just have a good personality and show up on time when you agree to meet and be at the distribution center. It's a easy job once you got the routes down and you can listen to music or audio books while your driving from stop to stop.

    Cons

    You work 7 days per week. Any fill in's are your own responsibility. The pay isn't too great but a lot of people do it as a second job. Lastly, the job is early in the morning. The distribution center is open from 1:30 to 4:30 am to get your papers and put them together and the routes have to be done by 5:30 am on the weekdays, 6:30 on Saturday and 7:30 on Sunday. So it's an early morning job for some people this is a pro for others it's a con.

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