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  1. "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Landmark Media Enterprises full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunites in many niche print and digital publications

    Cons

    Downsizing quickly and suffering from majortalent drain

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there


  2. "Sales"

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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 Landmark Media Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Great people, hard working folks who genuinely believe in newspapers and media. Lots of skilled people. Was at one time a great place to work.

    Cons

    Management has gotten weaker and is at the lowest point I can ever recall. Only the staff is held accountable, managers have over 100% turn over on their teams and there are no consequences.

    Advice to Management

    Stop holding onto past ways that have not worked. Start inviting different people into the decision making process, all decisions are made by the same group of folks. Start allowing staff to review the performance of managers, no accountability is shown at that level.


  3. "Editorial"

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

    Pros

    Once very family-friendly and a great place to work. Love working with some great people who had amazing talent. Had some great company get togethers and felt like a team

    Cons

    I worked for Landmark for over 13 years, the last time I received a raise was 2004, more work was given to employees without incentives, no cost of living increase while health insurance premiums went up annually, lack of leadership it was more pass the buck between editorial leader and management with no clear progress made, many long-term employees were denigrated while the short term employees and those willing to take the boss to lunch were praised, if you were a yes man you succeeded if you worked hard and had dedication to Landmark you were taken advantage of, management was blissfully unaware of any position at a "lower level" meaning they knew nothing about anyone's position within the company, there was no training and anything that was mentioned about generating revenue was disregarded. Bottom line? This company is not a great company at all, don't apply run fast, run far.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and customers without them you are nothing.


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  5. "Production Manager"

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Gettysburg, PA
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Gettysburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Landmark Media Enterprises (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great employee's to work with lots of talent

    Cons

    Long hours needed more help during holidays

    Advice to Management

    expand staff


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    "Great Company that knows the meaning of teamwork"

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    Former Employee - Publication Assistant in Crystal River, FL
    Former Employee - Publication Assistant in Crystal River, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Landmark Media Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Landmark offers benefits, everyone is a team player who works towards common goals, and the company believes in recognition of those whom go the extra mile. They offer on-the-job training, workshops and betterment programs assuring advancement to those whom stay for extended time.

    Cons

    While the benefits and other perks make this job very rewarding, the rate of pay isn't always as high as it should be for each position.

    Advice to Management

    LandMark always hires from within first. The best way to get in is though a ground floor position and work your way up. The usually advance fairly quickly if you're a person with high skill level.


  7. ""A dying organization seeking relevance, not realizing that people and real journalism are the only ways out.""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was lucky and had excellent team leaders. My group, Interactive Media, worked semi-autonomously and generally had interesting problems to work on. As a designer, I had a fair amount of input in day to day decisions with regard to lots and lots of sites.

    Cons

    - Organizationally, Landmark has a massive, outdated hierarchical arrangement. To get the best work out of their direct reports, managers essentially have to lie and misdirect senior management—who tend to be meddlers and producers of strange, arbitrary goals.

    - The worst part is that the company is in perpetual financial straits, and as such layoffs are a constant possibility. Even so, senior management are routinely rewarded with lavish cash bonuses.

    - The hours can be long (which is normal in any kind of production work), but the goals were consistently unclear; a binge of long hours to finish a project could frequently be rendered pointless once a member of the leader team changed his or her mind on a whim after reading a management best-seller.

    - Stifling meeting and consensus building culture. Untold hours were spent in meetings combing over the most banal decisions in the most stilted language, and still no decisions could be made unless twelve people sat in a room together with the door closed—taking special care not to have anyone who would actually execute the plans within a 30-mile radius.

    - I'm voting "no opinion" on Frank Batten, Jr. because he's really more like a team owner. He gently roots for his team and enjoys his box seats and the Town Car they send to bring him to the games; it's the staff and team that actually wins or loses games.

    Advice to Management

    Set middle managers free to do what needs to be done, or get rid of them altogether. There's no need for so many lieutenants. And (even though this is a long shot) enough with the hair-brained advertising schemes and interactive featurettes. If you hire excellent journos, and not just MBAs, people will come back to your paper.


  8. "Landmark Communications Is A Once Great Company Now Being Badgered By The Economy"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a troubled company right now because of the overall downturn in the media business. Company is up for sale and morale is low in virtually every division. This will no doubt turn around when the company is sold -- and the recession ends.

    Before the economy tanked it was a wonderful place to work. The company is great at sharing financial information with employees. That means there really are no surprises from one quarter to the next. The company is also very family oriented and "takes care" of its employees. It's not suprising that many people have worked their all of their careers.

    Cons

    Currently, as of this writing in March '09, the bad economy is the biggest downside. Also Landmark is heavily invested in newspapers, and that industry is failing.

    Advice to Management

    Find a faster way to re-invent the newspaper business.


  9. "Excellent company in a tough industry."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Landmark was a good place to work because of the company's values of providing good products and service to customers and of having respect for employees.

    Cons

    Some of the company's businesses were being hurt by the shift of advertising and viewership/readership from traditional media to the Internet. The recession has also hurt sales of autos and homes and has reduced hiring by employers, which means that advertising revenue in those categories is down. As a result, Landmark had a substantial number of layoffs, particularly in newspapers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to follow Landmark's values.


  10. "Listen to your employees"

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    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gives you an opportunity to work in your community and help record important events that happen within that community.

    Cons

    The availabilty of advancement is slim and the pay isn't good compared to other companies. In these tough economic times jobs are being cut and it is difficult to work in such a streamlined operation with barely enough people to perform all things that need to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and realize they are on the ground floor working with customers and advertisers.


  11. "Print media is still relevent, useful and appreciated by the masses - even in these days of advanced technology."

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    Current Employee - Graphic Design Team Supervisor in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Graphic Design Team Supervisor in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There's a real sense of togetherness among the designers here at Landmark. Our current structure allows us to "share the workload" within most departments across teams which allows for a greater sense of unity. Most of the people that work here are dedicated, hard-working and talented. In our department, we're not looking for designers with just the abilty to design; we're looking for the full-package designer with design and customer service skills with time management abilility, and a team player mindset. Training opportunities are frequently available, and innovation is appreciated and nurtured. Overall, Landmark is a rewarding place to work.

    Cons

    Currently, our company is for sale, and will probably be sold in parts. This has been an apprehensive, yet hopeful time for us. We're hoping for a strong, visionary leader to step in and take us into their fold and allow us to grow.
    As in any media company, our morale is often reflective of the market. When the market is down, pressure for the advertising staff is up, and stress across teams can increase. Here at Landmark, and at many media companies, we've learned the only constant is change, and one's ability to surf the wave of change is vital to its survival.

    Advice to Management

    Be as transparent as possible in your leadership in that decisions are not blindsiding associates or defying basic logic.
    Promotions should be based on performance, fit, solid work ethic, integrity, loyalty and professional potential - not simple longevity or relationship.



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