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  • well, bankruptcy, zero job security (in 3 reviews)

  • There are so many editors here who should have been let go decades ago that it isn't even funny (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Decent but doomed"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Times (Less than a year)

    Pros

    kind, fascinating people, interesting work, great sense of community

    Cons

    well, bankruptcy, zero job security

    Advice to Management

    not sure what you can do. good luck

    Los Angeles Times Response

    Oct 14, 2016 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for feedback. Happy to hear you had a positive experience throughout your internship. tronc, Inc. is well-positioned financially and currently trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange.


  2. "Advertising Account Executivr"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Times (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great management team, grear co workers. Lots of products to sell.

    Cons

    Lots up changes in upper management having to always adjust to new structure and pay plans.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your hard working loyal employs.

    Los Angeles Times Response

    Jan 31, 2017 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you acknowledging the great management team and great co-workers you’ve had throughout your tenure here. We understand that change can be challenging and we ... More


  3. "Challenging Experience"

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    Former Employee - Frontline Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Frontline Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles Times (Less than a year)

    Pros

    On your feet sales in a dying industry presents an amazing challenge that will turn you into a confident and qualified salesman.

    Cons

    Having to transport booth to various locations and finding innovative gifts to convince someone to sign up is kind of annoying. Incentives should be provided by the company


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  5. "Staff Writer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits; competitive salary; high-quality products. 401k plan in particular is a standout among media companies. Perks include on-site gym, cafeteria.

    Cons

    No raises; constant corporate turmoil at parent company. Strategic focus shifted too often. Too little investment to keep core products at top of the market.

    Advice to Management

    Need to work to improve morale. Regularizing raises would help. In my final 6 years there, I did not receive one raise, and I wasn't aware of anyone else who did, either.


  6. "Once a great place to work. Still much potential"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth
    Great people - top notch talent

    Cons

    Revolving door of execs
    Better screening needed for middle management
    Financial uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Let's remember what once made the Times great and use that to build rapport even in these uncertain times.


  7. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Photo Coordinator/Lead Photographer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Photo Coordinator/Lead Photographer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company, result based job.

    Cons

    It was sold to Tribune and everything changed.

    Advice to Management

    Back to good salaries and more focus on Hispanics.


  8. "Senior Executive Revolving Door"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Times (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Non-management staff are all pretty cool. Most managers, too. Journalism staff is the best. Unfortunately, these guys are subjected to the horribly run sales, advertising, marketing teams.

    Cons

    LAT's dwindling revenue, bankruptcy + another potential looming bankruptcy.. continues to put employees in fair of their jobs. LAT is also so behind on digital technology.

    Advice to Management

    Get away from Tribune. Run! Make LAT more local. All local. Go back to smaller, intimate, working environment.


  9. "Senior Market Research Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Boss and co-workers are all very nice and helpful
    Laid back environment, great nice work-life balance
    Lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Low company morale
    Constantly worrying about where the company/industry will go
    Corporate level management (CEO or above) only cares about their profits, not so much about the company or their employees

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring so many CXOs. For each CxO, at least 10 regular employees will lose their job. Yet non of these CxOs really does anything or bring any tangible results to the company, they just come, collect their big salary and then leave with even bigger severance packages.


  10. "Meh."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun being downtown. People were nice. Being surrounded by news all day was great for being up to speed with the world.

    Cons

    Pretty much total chaos from the business and strategy point of view. No sense of direction. Lots of rehashing old tired strategies.


  11. "Account Executive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Times (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun client base and talented employees.

    Cons

    Poor management, too many changes, no consistency & failure to promote talent within.

    Advice to Management

    Honor your staff.


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