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Fort Worth Star-Telegram Reviews

Updated July 15, 2017
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  1. "Sales Coach / Trainer"

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    Current Employee - Sales Training Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Training Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fort Worth Star-Telegram full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Historically very supportive to employees in that most felt valued. Working for a news gathering organization can be very satisfying, A force for good in the community. Generally concerned about providing quality services. Local brand still has value. Up until recently a very fun work environment.

    Cons

    Resources can be scarce and large industry trends are forcing the local paper to compete more aggressively for advertising dollars. Digital revenue will be the saving grace but it can't come soon enough. My bet is that there will be more industry consolidation and a large digital player may acquire these properties on the cheap and transform them into an entity yet to be defined. In the mean time wrapping sales teams' brains around integrated digital ad strategies and selling them correctly will continue to be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in re-training, Be completely transparent about expectations and their sources. Trust that your ad sales staff is performing optimally and allow them the flexibility to accomplish their work. Review comparable industry income ranges for sales folks and restructure pay plans to remain competitive.


  2. "Environment of constant change and fear"

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

    I have been working at Fort Worth Star-Telegram full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some people who are legitimately trying to save this news outlet.

    Cons

    They are sadly encumbered by out-of-state management which considers only the short-term bottom line. Wave after wave of editorial layoffs come with no warning. There is no clear rubric to follow to success. The pay really sucks.

    Advice to Management

    You'll never grow and retain an audience for advertisers by continually reducing the amount of content on offer. Spend money to make money.

  3. "Major Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior National Account Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Senior National Account Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fort Worth Star-Telegram full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great local employees that are invested in both the company and their readers

    Cons

    Corporate entity that owns the company is leaching what profits are left and consistently letting talented people go and hiring inexperience people for much less money. New employees usually last less than six months to a year. Constant turn over lowers the quality of products and services to both advertisers and readers


  4. "Journalist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fort Worth Star-Telegram full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Still has a lot of local brand identification, although downsizing has significantly diminished the value of the brand. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Senior management and the parent company have no coherent long-term strategy.


  5. "Rewarding Career and Challenging Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Multi Media Sales Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Multi Media Sales Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fort Worth Star-Telegram full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Potential for growth and good compensation. Great people to work within the organization.

    Cons

    Goal setting is sometimes unrealistic. Plan ahead for promotional products by quarter.

    Advice to Management

    Make goal setting a stretch but more realistic and attainable.


  6. "ain't as good as it once was"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fort Worth Star-Telegram full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee loyalty, family atmosphere, integrity of colleagues

    Cons

    Expected to be available 24/7. Work-Life balance is lop-sided. Wage freeze has been re-issued, fair compensation for non-commissioned employees steadily decreases. Upper management does not encourage, reward or praise growth and success.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your core product. Revenue is important, but not at the cost of providing poor content. Give projects and initiatives an opportunity to grow before giving up - invest in your employees, your product and events.


  7. "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fort Worth Star-Telegram full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with time off needed for doctor appointments, sick kids, car/traffic issues, etc. A lot of the people who work there are fantastic and have been there many years.

    Cons

    No 401k matching. No room for real advancement. Raises capped at a very low percentage per year no matter how great your performance is. You have to pay to park to go to work.

    Advice to Management

    Reward other departments/employees besides Sales Reps. We all realize sales is what keeps the dollars flowing in, but the rest of the company is the backbone that keeps everything running and they are not nearly rewarded as often as the sales department.

  8. "Journalist"

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    Former Employee - Journalist
    Former Employee - Journalist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Fort Worth Star-Telegram full-time

    Pros

    A historic news organization with deep ties to the community; top editors work very hard to lead staff in seeking ways to advance product with technology. If you're a hard worker, with proven journalistic chops, you can be trusted to chase great stories on digital and print platforms.

    Cons

    Dwindling staff through budget cuts, buyouts, and lay offs. Frozen pay raises.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to find ways to improve the bottom line, but not by cutting news staff, which generates the core product—content. Pay closer attention to readers.


  9. "Star-Telegram"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    changing work environment, digital first company

    Cons

    management doesn't think through decisions before making

    Advice to Management

    consult sales reps


  10. "Classified Customer Service/Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Classified Customer Service/Sales Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Classified Customer Service/Sales Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Fort Worth Star-Telegram (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment. Previous working knowledge of job position.

    Cons

    The overall bonus & commission structure.

    Advice to Management

    Exceptional Management Team!


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