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Freedom Communications President, CEO, and Director Mitchell Stern
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Pros
  • Good benefits - very competitive for the industry (in 4 reviews)

  • Great people- lots of growth and expansion into new markets (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • High turn-over means the place is perpetually short-staffed, putting larger burdens on everyone else (in 3 reviews)

  • The company was in transition from bankruptcy to being acquired by an investment firm and then sold off by property (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Journalist"

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    Former Employee - Journalist in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Journalist in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    From 1980-2002, a fast moving, competitive organization owned by the Hoiles family. Decent pay, good benefits, outstanding esprit de corps among staff. Really smart, fun colleagues. Lots of innovation.

    Cons

    The management was always very bureaucratic, but beginning in 2003, with the entry of private equity "partners", top executives became fixated on bottom line and pushed out editors and reporters who didn't fit their bland mold. With first bankruptcy in 2009, the company was completely under control of private equity, who started selling off assets, and paid themselves huge management fees. Any gross profits went to a small number of investors at the top. Management turnover left the company to be run by people whose only prior business experience was in greeting cards or casinos. Company went bankrupt again in 2016 and the carcass sold to notoriously tight-fisted Digital First Media, who continued with cutbacks.

    Advice to Management

    The Register is clearly the best journalistic unit in the Digital First group. Use that to you advantage instead of making believe the Daily News should be the Big Dog in the group.


  2. "Standards decreased with the industry"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Insurance and good supervisors. Decent location and co-workers mostly got along and departments worked together.

    Cons

    Bankrupt. No hope for advancement and no training. Nothing but basic benefits. Upper management had zero communication on the state of health of the company.


  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people- lots of growth and expansion into new markets

    Cons

    Changing ownnership caused some uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Digital assets


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  5. "Its was a great place to work for many years!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I got a lot experience in the creations of everything printed at the company.

    Cons

    They laid our department off!


  6. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people and the fast pace keep things interesting. Good exposure to clients across many different business segments

    Cons

    Chaotic changes in top management, company in bankruptcy and restructuring with new ownership for the second time in less than 4 years


  7. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - California in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - California in Santa Ana, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some really good people work at Freedom.

    Cons

    Lots of change in mgmt, especially sales mgmt. Senior leadership team doesn't express gratitude or provide feedback to direct reports.

    Advice to Management

    Build a company that has a heart and soul; treat people with respect 100% of the time, not just when you need something.


  8. "Freedom Communications"

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    Former Employee - Chief Technology Officer in Mission Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Chief Technology Officer in Mission Viejo, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Based in Orange County California

    Cons

    Poorly managed top to bottom

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Account Manager Majors and National"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Freedom Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with a great team

    Cons

    We are in bankruptcy and don't have much direction

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent rightnow


  10. "Freedom Communications Has a Poor Vision for the Future and Its Employees"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well recognized communications company in Southern California

    Cons

    Low Pay, High Turnover, Unprofessional

    Advice to Management

    Hire Consultants to delve more deeply into managements previous roles and experience relevant to the positions for which they are hired. Have a more clear concise, thorough, calculated vision for the company so that tenured and new employees do not have to lose their jobs because of poorly planned budgets.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Bottom line is first priority"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Clovis, NM
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Clovis, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are fairly reasonable about scheduling, they have a rich history and a fairly diverse workplace.

    Cons

    honestly it was all about the money, ethics were second priority, they would mess up printing and not notify advertisers.

    Advice to Management

    pay attention when people make complaints about ethics.


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