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Knoxville News Sentinel Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Marketing in Knoxville, TN
    Former Intern - Marketing in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Knoxville News Sentinel as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Learning Experience
    Loved the people
    Hands on

    Cons

    I didn't get to work in the exact area I wanted, but loved where I was put


  2. "Contract writer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Knoxville, TN
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knoxville News Sentinel as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lack of other local opportunities enhance this company's value to contractors.

    Cons

    Slow, erratic pay system, contracted out to former employees.

    Advice to Management

    Since company has already shed this Knoxville entity, there's nothing to add.

  3. "Former media titan losing potential by losing good talent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Knoxville News Sentinel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great training, fast paced environment, feeling part of an important piece of our community.

    Cons

    Declining market, changes in ownership and media consumption along with good leadership leaving for greener pastures leaving only old "newspaper as a media titan" minded folks running a business that needs to be savvy, forward thinking and digitally focused. Poor sales management. Coddling of mediocre performance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop leading with fear and create an environment where good talent wants to stay. Stop allowing mediocre sales people with zero management skills to manage your prime revenue generating areas and people.


  4. "Media Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Media Consultant in West Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Media Consultant in West Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Knoxville News Sentinel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Huge range of advertising solutions for clients

    Cons

    Pay plan has changed 3 times in 4 years

    Advice to Management

    Less knee-jerk reaction to changing market conditions. Way too many Managers for the number of consultants. Stop changing our compensation plan.


  5. "Not bad at all....."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Knoxville News Sentinel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people at the News Sentinel are fantastic. I will have friends for the rest of my life from there. Gives you a tremendous amount of experience in a short time there. I feel like I can do any sales job now. Great Benefits. HR is amazing.

    Cons

    ZERO opportunity to move up
    Micro-managers (some of them anyways)
    Work hard....make an ok salary
    Commission plan sucks

    Advice to Management

    Do not let good people go. It might be the Manager and not the Sales Rep.


  6. "Nice midsize newspaper"

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Editorial in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Knoxville News Sentinel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great communication among departments. Open to creative thinking. Hard working staff -- most are great team players.

    Cons

    At times, felt understaffed, but what paper doesn't.


  7. "Great city, great coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Knoxville News Sentinel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Seasoned senior management that encouraged ongoing training and wasn't adverse to taking risks.

    Cons

    Industry as a whole is having a rough time.

  8. "Once a great place to work; now shrinking markets and moving some jobs offshore is taking a toll on job satisfaction"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Sales in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The benefits have always been great. Historically, KNS has been a great place for career opportunity and great money for the area. Many have worked there for 20 years or more.

    Cons

    The economy has hit this regional newspaper hard. Cost-cutting activities include lay-offs, outsourcing some jobs (some off-shore and some to outside contractors for less money). There is a whole different atmosphere of insecurity and distrust at KNS now.

    Advice to Management

    Too much focus has been on selling advertising. Management should refocus on creating a great newspaper (and web site) that people want or need to read. Do that and the circulation would go up, which would make selling the advertising less of a battle.


  9. "Good people, lots of company mandates"

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

    Pros

    Great team, the editor has a good vision, but doesn't share it enough. The publisher is intense, savvy and community minded.

    Cons

    Lots of corporate mandates, implementing change can be hard when a lot of staff are oldtimers.

    Advice to Management

    The editor should share his vision more. He has smart ideas that the company could benefit from.


  10. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Knoxville News Sentinel full-time

    Pros

    Mature company with great people, everyone is genuinely kind and sales staff care about each other and look out for each other. People on the whole are respectful of each others' territories which is rare in any sales role. They do very extensive training so it is a great job for someone right out of college or looking to transition into a sales role.

    Cons

    We've been through two mergers in the past year and many people are concerned about the longevity of their future employment. Goaling is not very transparent and commission is on a sliding scale so it's almost impossible to be successful two years in a row. But even in a bad month you will be making more in a year than most people in the first job out of school.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending that the print industry isn't going extinct and be more transparent with your employees. Also, managers should do a better job of training others for future management opportunities. Company needs to stop taking such a reactive approach and be more proactive.