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Kansas City Star Reviews

Updated Sep 4, 2019

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11 Ratings
  1. "Part Time Press Operator"

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    Current Employee - Press Operator in Kansas City, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Star part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fair to Good hourly wage depending upon experience. Benefits are consistent with my experience in this area. Modern production facility with a highly skilled and experienced work force.

    Cons

    Print news industry is under constant pressure from digital transformation and advertising shifts to other media outlets.

    Kansas City Star2017-11-07
  2. "Run away..."

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

    I worked at Kansas City Star full-time

    Pros

    You get to do journalism to a degree. Some of those left in the newsroom care about each other, but it can also be a ruthless environment where reporters become hyper-competitive for clicks, creating a bad work environment.

    Cons

    Older/more experienced staff often laid off and those that aren't laid off are all looking for an exit strategy. A lot of the younger staff leave on their own because they see writing on the wall. Business/click model is broken. So many people in the community don't feel the paper is relevant anymore, which is sad. "Benefits" are abysmal. Management doesn't even attempt to shield you from corporate BS.... It's clear the priorities are the sports department and anything that drives clicks. Top management in the company makes an obscene amount of money.

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    Advice to Management

    Don't be managers anymore. Take your golden parachutes already. If you're going to stay until the bitter end, then treat your employees like people in the meantime.

    Kansas City Star2019-09-05
  3. "Not ideal"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Star full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility to work offsite, good cell phone reimbursement.

    Cons

    Horrible management from the top down. Dying industry that can't seem to find the right way to shift and evolve with the rest of the world.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Actually care about them and create change.

    Kansas City Star2019-08-13
  4. "Good people, lots of shuffling"

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

    I have been working at Kansas City Star full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Fast pace, bad pay, job insecurity

    Kansas City Star2019-06-16
  5. "Administration"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Star full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Transitioning into multi-media rather than just print newspaper

    Cons

    Loss of staff puts extra work on remaining employees

    Kansas City Star2018-11-13
  6. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Kansas City Star full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the nicest engaging people, company credit card for travel and expenses, full events.

    Cons

    You have to work really hard to keep your job because of how much dept the company is in.

    Kansas City Star2018-04-03
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Dont Do It- You've Been Warned!"

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

    I have been working at Kansas City Star full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros. It's embarrassing and humiliating to work for such a vile, sick, and evil company.

    Cons

    It's a dying company in a dying industry. So, you can imagine the type of leadership and management here. No retirement benefits, regular furloughs, layoffs, pay cuts, and income manipulation.

    Advice to Management

    Close the doors already. You've abused your employees and customers long enough. You openly lie and steal from both. You're pompous and arrogant and still think you can throw your weight around. But, you are no longer relevant in this community. Close up shop.

    Kansas City Star2017-12-09
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Star full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well known in the community.

    Cons

    Poor management. Lack of forward thinking or effective planning. Big on "Quick Fixes" without providing teams the resources to be effective. Unreasonable expectations and goals. No real earning potential.

    Advice to Management

    Laying off employees won't solve larger issues. It's a short-term fix for a long-term problem.

    Kansas City Star2017-11-13
  9. "Media company in transition"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Star full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging journalism work that will expose you to many sides of life.

    Cons

    Under market pressure, it's emphasis is becoming more digital and more tabloid.

    Kansas City Star2017-10-10
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Manager"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Star full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I loved my job. It wasn't just a job. We worked as a family as well as a team. I loved helping the customers both in person and by phone.

    Cons

    They are going towards all digital. Soon there will no longer be a physical paper. So sad.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great. It's the top that doesn't have a heart.

    Kansas City Star2017-08-20
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