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"Generally positive until the economic downturn"

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Former Employee - Assistant Sports Editor in Raleigh, NC
Former Employee - Assistant Sports Editor in Raleigh, NC
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

If you are interested in producing good journalism, The N&O is pretty solid for a newspaper of its size. Most of the people who work there are smart and committed to the profession.

If you prove you can handle your job, they generally don't meddle.

Once they decide to cut an employee loose, the severance package is fair. They even let employees who have been axed work two more weeks.

Cons

Job security. Like most newspapers, The N&O is struggling to remain viable but the decisions to lay off or gut most of its personnel have seriously damaged the product. I accepted a buyout, but I would have been let go six months later anyway.

While management has made drastic cuts in the newsroom, all of the top managers remain employed. Some have been reduced to part-time status, only to regain their full-time employment to replace folks who have been laid off. That affects morale in a profound way. The very people who are charged with figuring out how to keep the newspaper going are failing, yet their jobs are apparently secure.

Advice to Management

Start charging for online content. Newspapers cannot continue giving away their product free of charge.

Other Employee Reviews for The News & Observer

  1. "so-so"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good people,good benefits, slow advancement

    Cons

    upper management,hours, weather, declining industry

    Advice to Management

    need to listen to customers


  2. "Ugh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The News & Observer full-time

    Pros

    Drive your own car, after training not bothered by management

    Cons

    Work 365 days a year

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