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Updated November 21, 2016
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  1. "Great Co-Workers and Valuable Experience Builder"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Indianapolis Star full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brand new building, fantastic co-workers, good technology and good training

    Cons

    Declining core product, not a preferred vendor in digital solutions for auto vertical, creative process is very cumbersome and time consuming when building advertisements for clients.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your support personal, acquire necessary preferred vendor status, allow account managers and account executives the ability to Skype with graphic design artists to build better advertisements & provide a mentor-ship program to develop your tenured staff in to leadership fold.


  2. "Salesman"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Indianapolis Star part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Making customers happy. Understanding the reality and communication skills of being passionate and strong as a individual to manage being a salesman and sales recruiter.

    Cons

    Getting a lot of not interested customers but the lack of selling or any passionate work ethic is within you!

    Advice to Management

    Haven't reached the management level but I've been around the field such as recruiting other workers and being top employee of the month.


  3. "Roller coaster ride due to constant changes and restructuring"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Indianapolis Star full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I would not recommend anyone coming to work here. Management demands and expectations are excessive. Co-workers are good people but need more than that to offset all the problems.

    Cons

    I would not recommend anyone coming to work here. The constant changes that are thrown at people are done so without any regard to training or improving efficiencies. They say that's the reason for doing it but the person receiving the task almost always is left to "figure it out" on their own.

    Advice to Management

    Pushing loyal employees beyond their ability to care anymore is bad for business.


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  5. "It's a newspaper, what do you expect?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Indianapolis Star full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I have ever known work or have worked at this newspaper. The editorial staff pour their hearts and souls into the print and online publications.

    Cons

    It's a newspaper. Do I have to say anymore? Long hours, poor work/life balance, questionable future for the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. They know more than you do.


  6. "Senior Creative Coordinator / Custom Publications"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Indianapolis Star full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, evolving, deadline-driven, longstanding company with excellent work environment, nearby parking and great benefits.

    Cons

    Propensity for restructuring and regionalizing some roles with the company.


  7. "Stuck in the pastq"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Indianapolis Star full-time

    Pros

    Indy Star is part of Gannett. They have very deep pockets and they're not afraid to invest in new technologies or strategies if they sense a profit.

    Cons

    Gannett is focused on broadcast and digital media. They are the largest newspaper publisher in the world, including USA Today, but treat the industry as a forgotten step-child.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the community. It appears as if Gannett uses the Star to siphon money out of Indy to pay the salaries of your executives in Arlington and placate the stockholders. Giving back to Indy is minimal.


  8. "They are good to you"

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

    I worked at Indianapolis Star full-time

    Pros

    The Indy Star is extremely flexible and really good to their employees. You won't be disapointed if you get a job here.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about the Indy Star. It's one of the better jobs I've had

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees more and encourage them to excell at their job


  9. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Indianapolis Star full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office amenities. Solid base pay.

    Cons

    Everything is in transition to digital which is obvious but current client base reluctant to utilize their digital services over others i.e. can't shake the "just a newspaper" stigma. Huge organizational shift. Accounts are spending elsewhere as they don't see value anymore. Swim lanes are not clear and accounts stolen by other teams. If an account doesn't produce it is shifted off to newbies to keep them from hitting bonus. Attrition is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Morale stinks. Everyone is on pins and needles. You should take care of good employees instead of giving them goals with out historical basis. If folks wanted to collect they would be collectors not Account Executives.


  10. "environmental"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Services in Indianapolis, IA
    Former Employee - Environmental Services in Indianapolis, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Indianapolis Star full-time

    Pros

    The work was very easy and there we're a lot of team work.

    Cons

    I had no downsize.i loved working there


  11. "Employee"

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

    I have been working at Indianapolis Star full-time

    Pros

    The environment allows for some flexibility as to the hours you can work, however, this also means there is an expectation you work extra hours on demand.

    Cons

    Employees are expected to work long hours and be happy you have a job. You are expected to take risks but if you're wrong watch out. There isn't any real employee training focus or career enrichment unless your part of the favored group.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership seems to exist in their own world and wouldn't be interested in anything the employees might say. Most don't feel we are anything more than a number. Employees that speak up or dissent frequently find themselves on the out. There's no real effort to garner employee buy in. Most employees are afraid to offer input and generally just go with the flow because that's what is expected.



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