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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. "Senior Market Research Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  2. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Editor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Editor 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

    Chill office, gym, band room, cafeteria, can take public transit

    Cons

    No sign of growth ever. Only shut-downs and lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't compensate with money and promotions, make the office more fun.


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  5. "Jump ship before the Titanic sinks."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Fulfillment Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Fulfillment Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition, impressive to outsiders.

    Cons

    The LA Times is big on hiring from the outside, forget about promotions internally. I felt like I was working at a new job selling different products with a different manager every quarter. This company has an identity crisis as the Newspaper subscription shrinks. It is desperately trying to find it's new identity and space in the Internet market. Expect to see layoffs galore even now.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you are, stick to only a few products. Last time I checked, this paper was trying to be an advertising agency, and not particularly well.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good outlook here or any other newspaper."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good location, good benefits, parking.

    Cons

    Very conservative, lots of long term employees with agendas from 1980's. The rotating cycle of management over the past 4-5 years, in addition to all that came before, makes it impossible to gain and keep any momentum. This on top of the decline of the entire industry and an inability to gain any ground on competitiors in faster moving digital only companies.


  7. "Death of newspapers"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Reporter 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

    Still a great showcase for good talent, despite dwindling circulation and unfocused online presence. If you've got the skills, you can still shine.

    Cons

    Was once an elite news organization. With continued layoffs and legendary bad management in editorial, it is barely hanging on editorially. People are fleeing constantly, especially women. Editorial bosses known for treating women over 50 badly.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the top bosses in the newsroom, put in place ethical people who aren't tyrants.


  8. "Sales Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Los Angeles Times full-time

    Pros

    Big company with great support system and a long history.

    Cons

    Bad management - inefficient, doesn't promote from within, everyone sleeps with everyone...


  9. "So much potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company has some of the most amazing content and loyal employees

    Cons

    They aren't investing enough in technology or focusing on the wrong things

    Advice to Management

    Focus on metadata and rebuilding your legacy systems so that you can rebuild your content kingdom!


  10. "newspapers are not what it used be...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    a good stepping stone to bigger and better opportunities

    Cons

    slow to react to changes in market, customer, and advertisers.

    Advice to Management

    change management immediately...legacy employees don't have the vision to turn around the business


  11. "Don't kill the newspaper to convert the building into condos!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    As a salesperson the name "Los Angeles Times" open doors and calls are returned. It's a fun atmosphere to work in downtown Los Angeles. The Time Mirror Square has so much history and it was product to be proud of.

    Cons

    Instead of embracing the internet, the Los Angeles Times did not move forward. It was a cash cow that did not need to go out and get the business . . .the business came to their doors. It was the Los Angeles Times. Unfortunately, business stop knocking at the door and did not understand how to win it back. They started cutting pricing and did not sell the value of the product. Its in turmoil now and may have been for years prior.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the paper product and respect your loyal readers. The Los Angeles Times has loyal readers and management needs to respect them by providing a good newspaper.


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