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"Need to Treat Employees Better for Better Results"

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Current Employee - Various in Lowell, MA
Current Employee - Various in Lowell, MA
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

DFM is innovative and always striving to be ahead of the curve in the digital world. With all the news circulating about the demise of newspapers, it is actually exciting to work for a company that is leading the way for change to enable "newspapers" the ability to not only survive, but succeed again. (I put "newspapers" in quotes because the world of newspapers simply won't be the traditional understanding of newspapers anymore).

Cons

Management, management, management... There are way too many chiefs and not enough workers. This applies not only to DFM the parent company, but also on the local level. And, unfortunately, most of the time, most of the management is so out of tune as to what actually goes on daily within the company. Treatment of employees is terrible. There is no incentive to outperform, except avoiding negative backlash. In addition, the employees are the ones working their tails off day in and day out, only to get barked at and threatened if revenue should fall short.

Advice to Management

I'd love to see management get their hands dirty again and actually be involved with advertising sales, get involved with the local communities (not just at the next golf fundraiser). And treat your employees better! All too often great employees are rewarded with more work and no additional compensation. I have seen great workers come & go all too quickly because they are underappreciated for the greatness that they have done. Positive reinforcement goes a long way.

Other Employee Reviews for Digital First Media

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Always asking for more, always giving less"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Copy Editor/Paginator in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Copy Editor/Paginator in Lowell, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, dynamic environment. You can't help but be knowledgable about what is going on in the city and broader community. Editing staff has many decades of experience, while writers are youthful, energetic. Work is largely independent and can at times be creative.

    Cons

    You are always asked to do more in the same amount of time and for the same pay. You don't get a lot of recognition when things go right, but definitely know when they go wrong. Not much room to move up, since most of staff is veteran and will probably retire in those positions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep telling us how great the company is doing at increasing readership and keeping costs down and generating ad revenue and then say raises aren't possible.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Digital media without a clue to market themselves"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Sales Specialist in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Digital Sales Specialist in Lowell, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent tools/products and certain amount of autonomy

    Cons

    Abysmal marketing support that's very frustrating


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