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Johnston Press Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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Pros
  • I had the pleasure of working with some really nice people at Johnston Press (in 6 reviews)

  • Nice working conditions and good people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Sales staff stuck in there old ways and resistent to change (in 3 reviews)

  • everything, the managers, unrealistic targets and fleecing innocent people out of money (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "not good pay for a field sales rep"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnston Press (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    johnston press have changed the way they are working

    Cons

    I have been there 14 year and the field sales wages are no where near what other companies pay

    Advice to Management

    make it better pay


  2. "RUN AWAY! while you still can...."

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    Former Employee - Media Sales Executive in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Media Sales Executive in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Johnston Press full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Some nice people outwith the management team
    -Intensive training
    -First 6 months are a 'honeymoon period'

    Cons

    - No career progression
    -Poor salary
    -poor bonus potential
    - company not performing
    -bullying management team
    -depressing/demotivating environment
    -unrealistic targets
    -unhealthy atmosphere that will cause mental anguish
    -no support from management
    -hostile HR team
    -no benefits
    -pay decreases and targets increase 3 fold in year 2

    Advice to Management

    Get another job... PRONTO!

  3. "Sad Times"

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and could be an amazing business

    Cons

    Let down by lack of investment and poor top-level management decisions


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Rep"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnston Press full-time

    Pros

    Regrettably I have worked in the industry for a long time and cannot think of any pros this company offers

    Cons

    Constantly changing their minds on strategies. Micro Managing. Lots of pressure for little reward.


  5. "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Executive in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Executive in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Poor management leads to a relaxed working environment

    Cons

    Sinking like a stone- don't try


  6. "Worst place I've ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in North Sunderland, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in North Sunderland, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnston Press full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They seem to pay well and offer a good bonus structure. Nothing else good to say but I need to write at least 20 words!!

    Cons

    Management - living in the 80's. Aggressive micromanaged management style.
    Unbelievably Naive business model coming from the CEO down. They talk the talk about promoting digital in a world of declining print, however they are so far behind their competitors it's frightening.
    I'd be surprised if the business is still here in 5 years. Share price at 13p down from 40p in 18 months doesn't fill anyone with confidence.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. Get rid of pointless weekly papers/websites with low traffic and spread circulation of more established titles. Invest more in Facebook advertising as that's where our customers budget is going


  7. "poor managment"

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    Former Employee - Media Sales Consultant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Media Sales Consultant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Johnston Press full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    lots of very nice people to work beside, in the centre of town.

    Cons

    incompetent managment that would sooner bully you than help with any issues, managment favour some employees over others, unrealistic targets that change every month!

    would not advise staff are not valued even staff that perform well every week and have beeen with the company still have issues and are still treated unfairly.

    Advice to Management

    treat employees the way you would expect to be treated, managment need training on 1 to 1s and how to motivate teams not depress them

  8. "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really nice people to work beside, flexible working

    Cons

    Impossible to hit targets and management unable to tell you why the target for your territory is that exact figure. Senior managers make promises that they can't deliver on and don't deliver any support or understanding of the market .
    Drive to sell digital products but products offered are poor. Staff morale very low, everyone looks so sad in the office.

    Advice to Management

    No point giving any advice to management but my advice to my talented former colleagues is to find something else.


  9. "Difficult times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnston Press full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good sales teams and characters

    Cons

    Like being back at school - repetitive reporting when all figs can be seen on Salesforce

    Advice to Management

    Get real.


  10. "poor outlook for the future"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnston Press full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company has some great people and managers working in a tough environment.

    Cons

    The papers are local titles with not so local news and this having a negative effect on both the readers and the advertisers alike, add to this the drive to sell more digital

    Advice to Management

    your plan is not working, talk to the people who are in the field and doing the job and change it. Give your titles local news.


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