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Journal Communications, Inc. Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Food first job out of college, horrible pay"

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

    I worked at Journal Communications, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience, friendly work environment

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement at entry-level position, They make everyone a VP at the higher level, Terrible Salary

    Advice to Management

    Stop making so many people VPs, pay a fair entry-level salary


  2. "Stepping Stone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Journal Communications, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    It can be a good stepping stone to better things.

    Cons

    Lots of meetings with lots of talking but no action. Some staff act like cliche college freshmen. 80% of the leadership is ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Get backbones.

  3. "Soul Crushing Experience"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Journal Communications, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Franklin is a cool place to work.

    Cons

    Lining the pockets of upper management is valued above all else. Willing to sacrifice employees to make an advertising sale. No room for upward mobility. Most magazines are duplicates of previous years. Company tends to strong arm clients. Client service is laughable.

    Advice to Management

    Update your travel standards. $22/day across the board is WAY to little for per diem.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Extremely Political - RUN NOW!!!"

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

    I worked at Journal Communications, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Employees are very nice when you are not talking about work.
    Relaxed working environment.
    It will fell like a second family but you have to watch your back all the time.

    Cons

    - Awful pay they don't offer bonuses or raises.
    - Way to many VP's and Senior VP's.
    - The operations management has no experience or understanding of anything other then magazines.
    - Employees aren't appreciated. They will put the blame on you when you're not to blame at all.
    - While I was there they were trying to make it in the digital industry and by the looks of it they will never make it. This company is going to crash and burn if they don't make major changes.
    - They outsource everything. They can't keep employees long enough to do everything in-house so they have to contract and freelance just about everything they do.
    - They have meetings just to have more meetings. I have never seen so much disorganization in my life.

    Advice to Management

    Fire most the management and get people in that know how to run departments right and know what that departments really needs to do.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Question"

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

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment. and good location

    Cons

    Employees aren't appreciated.
    Too much backstabbing

    Advice to Management

    Get new management


  6. "Productive Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Journal Communications, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, cooperative atmosphere. Good benefits. Very nice office. The work is high quality, and there is always something new to learn.

    Cons

    Salary could be better. Raises and bonuses are small. This is the only reason I keep monitoring for other opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit the salary structure. People will stay much longer if they feel like they are being compensated for what they contribute.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Top heavy organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours and relaxed environment. The office is well decorated and well maintained but lacks personality shine to the management's policies on decorating. Free coffee.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the low end and raises are laughable. With less than 100 employees and almost 20 Vice Presidents this organization will die a slow death. Terrible leadership and no strategic plan. This company is doomed, following an outdated business model and losing major clients left and right.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare a plan for the future and share it with your employees. Eliminate all the titles and start over with your organizational structure. value your employees. You do a great job of hiring talented people and then quickly quash their enthusiasm by not listening to them.

  8. "Content Team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Journal Communications, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you want to work in communications and marketing, this company provides a great place to learn about all aspects – magazine, digital, social, email, etc. The workspace is gorgeous and the open concept encourages collaboration among the team.

    Cons

    When I started here, I was surprised that I would not be responsible for any photography or design myself, which was different than my previous position as an editor. Those responsibilities are divided among multiple departments, and it's to the benefit of all. Having experts for each segment makes the products higher quality, rather than putting a camera in the hands of a writer (for example).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer opportunities for employees to grow professionally and promote from within


  9. Helpful (2)

    "All that glitters isn't gold"

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

    Pros

    The company's office is extremely nice, and the location is good. Lots of restaurants and shops are nearby, which makes it easy to run errands during lunch or after work.

    Cons

    Working here was a miserable experience. Don't be fooled by the pretty facade. All that glitters isn't gold.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. The people who actually knew what they were doing have been forced out. If you actually want to see a change for the better, get rid of many of the VPs and senior VPs -- most of them don't know what they are doing. If you need help deciding who those VPs and senior VPs are, ask the rank and file employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Fraudulent company with Manipulative Managers at war with each other"

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    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Journal Communications, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not many pros - If you want an inflated title like VP or Director this is the place to get that on your resume - but you'll have to give up salary. Ask for it upfront - once in you go nowhere.

    Cons

    Everything about this company is fake (even a couple of the positive reviews below - lol they are word for word tag lines I heard in working there). The managers are abusive to each other. In fact, they are abusive to anyone they deem a threat. They will steal credit for your ideas and hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to your customers. Stop warring with each other - it makes everyone uncomfortable.


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