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  1. "Not a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Multimedia Journalist in Southgate, MI
    Current Employee - Multimedia Journalist in Southgate, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reporting work is great if your heart's in it. You meet a lot of interesting people both in the community as well as in the newsroom.

    Cons

    The private equity firm that owns Journal Register Company is soulless, life-sucking, and cares nothing about the foundational mission of news organizations. Employees are treated with as much esteem as a lukewarm pile of dung.

    Advice to Management

    This is tough because management isn't really empowered to change much. I guess the best advice would be to keep fighting the good fight and remember that employees are what drive the business and fulfill the customers' expectations.


  2. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Executive in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Executive in Bristol, CT

    I have been working at Journal Register (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get to be out on the road a lot

    Cons

    A lot of paperwork 100% commission

    Advice to Management

    Give a salary

  3. "IT Functional Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Journal Register full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This was a great company in the late 90's as it went public and business was good. Stock options were given to employees , bonuses given to those getting thru the Y2k. The next 15 years were tough - 2 bankruptcies - mergers , massive layoffs which I fell victim to in 2015.

    Cons

    No raises for over 10 years. Many jobs eliminated after Merger with MNG.


  4. "Credit and collections"

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    Former Employee - AR/Credit in Madison Heights, MI
    Former Employee - AR/Credit in Madison Heights, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Journal Register full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great entry level position to gain experience in a mid size corporation.

    Cons

    Once hired you do not get raises or yearly reviews. Absolutely no advancement positions. You will remain right where you started

    Advice to Management

    Learn to promote and treat employees evenly and recognize them for their hard work, then employees will remain as employees instead of seeking new employment.


  5. "Years of uncertainty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yardley, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yardley, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Journal Register full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great co-workers. Due to my specific situation I was able to work from home with flexible hours. This was not standard practice though.

    Cons

    Went through bankruptcies (plural) and a merger (if you can call it that) during my years here. Confusing company structure, uncertain future. Majority of personnel with no raises in 6 years. Major layoffs this year.

    Advice to Management

    Admit that this industry is not savable and stop blowing smoke.


  6. "Difficult company to work with"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Torrington, CT
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Torrington, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Journal Register full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with and meet through community ties.

    Cons

    No communication, deceptive practices to employees and clients. The management cuts circulation without letting employees or advertisers know but continue to charge the same rates for less circulation.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the "feet on the street". We hear what the public is saying and what they would like to see (pay for) in your publications.


  7. "AR / Credit analyst"

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    Former Employee - AR/Credit in Madison Heights, MI
    Former Employee - AR/Credit in Madison Heights, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Journal Register full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Successfully managed a daily newspaper in Ohio with over a million in outstanding receivables. Ran all credit checks to determine credit worthiness, determined credit limits. Maintained aging with making advanced credit calls, placing accounts with appropriate collection agencies, determine and presented quarterly candidates for uncollectable write off.

    Cons

    Uncertainty within the company structure, Journal Register filed for bankruptcy protection and the possibility of the company closing its Michigan operations has loomed more than once.

    Advice to Management

    Strong detailed Bookkeeper AR / Credit analyst from the beginning of the loan or credit request using credit and financial software to determine the credit worthiness of the client. Monitoring Receivables and Credit within the organization and reporting to portfolio manager and upper management, along with appropriate credit reporting agency.

  8. "Things went downhill after JRC bought Daily Freeman"

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    Former Employee - Sports Reporter in Kingston, NY
    Former Employee - Sports Reporter in Kingston, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Journal Register full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    None of my paychecks ever bounced and my co-workers were great.

    Cons

    Upper management liked the backseat driver method rather than using communication and planning.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the newspaper people and digital people equally. Print still has more value than you think.


  9. "Run."

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Journal Register full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing positive except for some of the peer friendships that I formed. When you are made to feel as though you are in constant defense-mode, it tends to help create tight bonds between you and your colleagues.

    Cons

    I would not even know where to begin. As a successful, career-driven individual with a history of promotions in prior companies and a promotion during my time at JRC, I have never witnessed such unprofessional and verbally abusive behavior by management.

    Advice to Management

    Upper-level management in the Philadelphia Region should be completely overhauled. I had observed and been subject to non-stop, verbally abusive treatment for nearly 3 and half years. After taking a tremendous toll on my confidence and family life, I realized that there was nothing I could do to further try and change management and the way employees were treated. Quite disheartening.


  10. "Difficult place to work during bankruptcy."

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    Current Employee - Sales in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Sales in Pontiac, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Journal Register full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good group of people to work with. Everyone is doing their best under trying times. Peers are very helpful.

    Cons

    There is no moral as the company is working through bankruptcy. People are worried about whether or not they will have their job when the company is sold to a new fund owned by the current hedge fund owner. No matter what you do, it is not enough to satisfy management. No merit raises in years. You are micro-managed.

    Advice to Management

    Give people more input on how they do their jobs. Stop micro-managing.


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