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Hearst Bay Area Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "In addition to the knowledge base, there's also a great work/life balance" (in 6 reviews)

  • "The San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Bay Area) has been a great place to work this past year" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management refuses to take responsibility for their own poor decisions, passing the blame downward" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Change commission structure to a % of sales and let salespeople actually make some money and not have to live on their base" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place, good people!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hearst Bay Area full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great coworkers
    -Consistent work life balance
    -Good pay
    -Depending on your team the stress level is very low
    -Monthly happy hours
    -Just hired a new publisher, and he seems like a wonderful guy

    Cons

    -Your experience really depends on your management, every manager runs their team differently, so it isn't consistent
    - No office perks, no coffee, no work from home days
    -No clear vision of growth, there isn't a lot of internal movement

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent with your team, little perks do go a long way!


  2. "Layoffs in 4th quarter of every year"

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

    I have been working at Hearst Bay Area full-time

    Pros

    Flex schedule and some departments are run more efficiently than others.

    Cons

    Every 4th quarter raises are given to senior management, and more senior positions are created. In order to pay for those raises and new positions, people are laid off. This month (a week before Thanksgiving) up to 18 people, some that had been there over 30 years were laid off, with an explanation of budget shortfalls.

    Advice to Management

    Too many people in VP positions while the people that actually do the work are being laid off, leaving the remaining staff to pick up the work. There is no loyalty to staff or current subscribers.
     The Chronicle is run like a "Mad Men" episode. No forward thinking because "things have always been done like this". If they want to move forward they need to hire someone from a digital startup and stop hiring directors and VPs from other newspapers or magazines. Forward thinking or get left behind.

  3. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hearst Bay Area full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good base salary compared to other newspapers. Flexible schedule based on manager approval.

    Cons

    Constant changes to commission structure based on comparison to previous year rather than current year revenue. Digital products typically came from vendor not internal development.

    Advice to Management

    Invest internally for product development and not dependent on management fees from vendors. Hire more marketing staff to help facilitate product creation.


  4. "Us vs them"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hearst Bay Area full-time

    Pros

    Good people
    Great location
    Brand recognition
    Editor in chief

    Cons

    Us vs them mentality w leadership
    Forced modernization makes akward mix
    Clunky site full of ads due to monetization

    Advice to Management

    Serious journalism or tabloid for page views needs to be sorted out


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Better than most newspapers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hearst Bay Area full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Management is on board with producing a quality newspaper and website, and having a deep-pocketed parent like Hearst is a lot better than being owned by a hedge fund like other local newspapers. SFGate has a more modern culture than the newsroom itself. Has an "old San Francisco" feel but still adopts to new technology.

    Cons

    Has some people who have worked there forever and aren't very productive, protected by union and culture, leaving others to pick up the slack. Some editors come off as self-righteous. Not the best newsroom for political conservatives, you'll be outnumbered and probably marginalized.


  6. "Great Place Overall!"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hearst Bay Area full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fair pay, overall fair and manageable work load, great benefits, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Offering remote employment would help with commuters from all over the Bay Area.


  7. "On the upswing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hearst Bay Area full-time

    Pros

    Great leadership, a paper that is succeeding and not afraid to push for better reporting and trying to break in to the digital space

    Cons

    Typical ego wrangling at all newspapers

  8. Helpful (3)

    "15 Years must say something..."

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    Current Employee - Sr Multi-Media Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sr Multi-Media Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hearst Bay Area full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at The Chronicle/SFGate for over 15 years. I have always been made to feel as though I am not just working for an iconic print and digital company but more importantly, a family. We are a digital/print company who offers all to those who need opportunities for success - Print/Digital/ PR/ SEO/SEM/Web Creation/Social/Programmatic - you name it, we can helpI
    I have seen and worked through it all and have always been impressed with the level of professionalism in all ways. Our current management team has a vision and their eye on the prize within editorial and sales - we have the team to pull off all goals!

    Cons

    Communication is sometimes lacking but I have been seeing a change lately -
     where those that don't want to "be part of a team" are no longer on staff.
    Be careful of all the bad reviews, those people probably are not here for reasons that have to do with their performance.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep up with the trends and Hearst running in forward motion to success!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hearst Bay Area full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Bay Area) has been a great place to work this past year. As an Account Executive responsible for marketing in Marin County, CA, I go around to local businesses and help them stay relevant in the digital age. While we do sell some print ads, the majority of the solutions we provide are cutting-edge digital marketing tools. I've been able to learn the full marketing funnel of products and become an expert in the space while at the Chronicle.
    In addition to the knowledge base, there's also a great work/life balance. Our team is fun! And while we are top performers, we don't take ourselves too seriously. The Chronicle does great work, and I'm proud to represent them when I go out on calls. I also love to see the tangible results as we help the local business community continue to thrive.

    Cons

    The industry is in transition, and there are some growing pains. You have to be self-motivated to solve problems as we move from a traditional print company into a digital media organization. While the Chronicle is a profitable success story, it's never easy to change a business model. So working here presents new challenges that go along with the changing business.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "By far the worst place I have ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hearst Bay Area full-time

    Pros

    It's owned by Hearst so stands out on your resume

    Cons

    If you're not management you're forced to join the union, which simply deducts money from your paycheck because they aren't much help.
    Management is horrible (especially in advertising). They hire inexperienced people without any managerial experience or background in the digital field. And lots of favoritism.
    Not enough money, no company perks, no company culture.
    There's people who have been there over 10 years who are very unhappy and make the working environment awful as it brings down the energy.
    HR is horrible - lack of patience and correct direction when issues uprise within departments

    Advice to Management

    Admit to your faults, be straight forward on issues, and allow growth for all employees