Freedom Communications Employee Reviews about "good benefits"

Updated Oct 18, 2016

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

  • "Great people- lots of growth and expansion into new markets(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Newspaper industry struggling and will continue to do so(in 6 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. "From a former employee"

    4.0
     

    I worked at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    The property that I worked at has a great work atmosphere. The company offered good benefits, an awesome 401k and recognized your years of service.

    Cons

    The pay scale is a little on the low side (at least where I worked) and pay raises were becoming non-existent, plus they took away the company match for the 401k

  2. "Journalist"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Journalist in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time for 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.

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    "Was a great company"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    Great people - publishing always attracts the best people Good benefits - very competitive for the industry Competitive Salaries Excellent content - many of the newspapers and TV stations led their markets Lots of exciting opportunities

    Cons

    Fading industry Company had to be broken up Wrong people at the top

  4. "Good place to work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    Great coworkers who are also excellent journalists, opportunities to improve and advance your reporting and writing, educational opportunities within the company to learn from others, good relationship with the communities in Orange County, and most of the supervisors are excellent to work with. Great place for journalists just starting out, or those with already-established careers. Very good benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Not much room for upward mobility. Disorganized management leads to frequent scrambling which could easily be avoided with some forethought. Very few opportunities for pay raises. Under new management new employees seem to be valued more highly than those who were loyal to the company though turmoil.

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