Freedom Communications Employee Reviews about "newspaper"

Updated Sep 30, 2015

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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. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Assistant/Graphics in Victorville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Freedom Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Even though you do the same thing every day, it is always different because we are a daily newspaper. The work environment is friendly and not high pressure. We are more like family instead of just employees. There is a certain prestige that comes with working for the newspaper. The benefits for full time employees are decent.

    Cons

    Because we are a smaller community paper, the pay scale here is lower than it is at larger metropolitan papers. Also, there is insufficient training for new hires.

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  2. "Newspaper"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    Room for growth in tough industry.

    Cons

    Newspaper industry struggling and will continue to do so.


  3. "Anonymous but still watching what I say"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Wonderful people who have worked hard through difficult circumstances for many years.

    Cons

    Uncertain future of newspaper business; failure to adjust to changing times; management problems.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Company . Do not think of working at Freedom"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Operations in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Freedom Communications part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Media Company focused in newspaper business

    Cons

    Bad Management - new one . No sense of business and no respect for any personnels. They will chase pennies in the carpet where ever possible when it comes to compensate the employees and on the other side will lavishly spend on their travel/entertainment. Do not think of joining this organization . They will not pay the salaries and on asking will fire you from the position.

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  5. "Poor adaptation to changing media environment"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Reporter in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity for public-service journalism if you pursue it on your own. A number of accomplished professionals as colleagues.

    Cons

    Like nearly all newspaper companies, Freedom has struggled to adapt to a changing media environment. That leaves employees with a high degree of uncertainty about the future.

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  6. "The Times-News is a great place to learn about the news business"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Reporter/Copy Editor in Burlington, NC

    I worked at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    It is a small newspaper, which means you learn how to do everything associated with the news industry (writing, editing, page design, etc.). You can make input into the daily decisions that are needed to put out a newspaper.

    Cons

    The pay is bad and they keep asking employees to do more with less. Management has not replaced recent departures while trying to upgrade their web presence. That has meant asking reporters and copy editors to take on additional roles with the web site while maintaining their productivity for the print edition.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company in the past."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Reporter in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    The company was devoted to producing solid, well-informed articles for their readers before the industry began to tank. Decent equipment to use and a pleasant work environment.

    Cons

    Company really cut back on quality of journalism. Cut reporters and staff and piled work on everyone else. Which led to diluted articles and content. That caused readers to be dissatisfied with the newspaper and its coverage. We made the paper less important, less interesting, while giving our reads less of a reason to read it.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not a suggested place to work"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Financial Analyst  in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    Good people, who are fun and thoughtful to work with. Working for a newspaper company is unique because you are like no other industry in the world. Centralized location for Orange County residents. Nice facilities.

    Cons

    Constant downsizing. Newpapers are not in a healthy place, thus money is VERY tight, and there are little to no perks to working. Wage and hiring freezes are a constant, and are now expected. Cuts to everything is also constant and expected.

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  9. "Very good and smart people having a very hard time dealing with the digital change"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn, a lot of freedom to explore and discover new things, very flexible with schedules, good equipment and tools to work.

    Cons

    It's really unfortunate that the newspaper industry is suffering a hard economic impact that makes working for Freedom or any other newspaper company an experience full of uncertainty about what's going to happen in an immediate future.

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  10. "It is a very good environment to learn and work in. My boss is a very nice guy."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Software Developer 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freedom Communications

    Pros

    Work / life balance; Good environment to learn new technologies. Good manager. People are nice and friendly to work with. I learned a lot while working there.

    Cons

    The industry is declining. Revenue is declining. Executives get huge bonuses. One newspaper was folded, but the executive at that newspaper still get bonuses. Outsourcing tech jobs oversea. :=(

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