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Updated November 17, 2017
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Pros
  • there's some great people in the local markets that really care about their jobs and communities (in 7 reviews)

  • Great place to start out, some cool people, nice office in downtown raleigh, relaxed dress code, decent work/life balance when I was there (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Also, the wage freeze has prevented some individuals who do more work than his/her peers to be able to stand up and demand a raise (in 7 reviews)

  • While understandable, upper management has not been handling this well (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging and Rewarding Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Market Development Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Market Development Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McClatchy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    McClatchy operates in a challenging and rewarding work environment. McClatchy has a very detailed sales process, use industry-leading CRM system in Salesforce, and operate in some of the best markets in the United States.

    Cons

    Industry is going through transformation so you need to have strong digital acumen if you are going to succeed.


  2. "Great people, tough industry conditions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McClatchy full-time

    Pros

    Really good people. Extremely important mission. Lots of creative potential.

    Cons

    Bad industry economics. Not willing to change fast enough.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre at best"

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    Former Employee - Digital Advertising Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Digital Advertising Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start out, some cool people, nice office in downtown raleigh, relaxed dress code, decent work/life balance when I was there.

    Cons

    This company has been slow to move into the digital environment, and thus has growing pains. While understandable, upper management has not been handling this well. There is a massive lack of transparency, and lay offs are a constant storm cloud hanging over everyone's heads. I got the impression through what little information was shared with me that upper management is flailing in the dark until they grab hold of an arbitrary idea and run with it. Terms such as "fail forward" have been use a lot. On top of this perceived lack of direction, benefits leave a lot to be desired (no bonus incentives, no 401k match). Career growth is limited too - no clear ladder to climb.

    Advice to Management

    Be open, be honest. Do not treat your underlings as a cog in a machine. Don't blindside with layoffs - instead, encourage career growth in the employees you actually want to keep on before firing them and then making them compete for new, but limited positions.


  4. "A mixed-bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McClatchy part-time

    Pros

    Some meaningful projects. Some really great managers. Truely

    Cons

    2 managers were unprofessional. I was introduced to one on the first day. He was in the business unit. He asked where I went to school. I replied. He said "I'm sorry. (scoughed)" I asked why, he said "its a poor excuse for a university!" I asked where he went to school he said ECU. (I wanted to reply, well, that's not even in the 5 best school in the state.) But, I just bit my tongue. Another manager apologized to me for the interaction, and said I'm not sure why he would do that.

    Another yelled at me for leaving a meeting and not pushing in everyone's chair and throwing away their cups and drinks. (I didn't know they would not return for them btw) When I explained he said I need to take accountability. Really...?!

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone w/ respect


  5. "Holding good employees back."

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

    I have been working at McClatchy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of paid time off. Still a few dedicated employees.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company. Sure, it's hard with cuts in all of the newsrooms. But it feels like if you want to advance, you have a better chance leaving the field all together.

    Also, the wage freeze has prevented some individuals who do more work than his/her peers to be able to stand up and demand a raise. We know we'll get shot down and that any argument for a raise is shot down.

    Advice to Management

    When employees want to advance, at least provide tips to help them. Don't let them feel useless.


  6. "Interesting field and challenging job."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McClatchy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits - Medical/Dental/Vision/EAP/STD/LTD/Wellness Program and Supplemental life policies for self, spouse and children. A great team environment. Managements provides support and without micromanagement. Work/Life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    No 401k match. Wage freeze in 2015 and 2017. But promotion opportunities help offset that. Morale can be low at times.

    Advice to Management

    Try to find ways to boost morale in local markets that have seen cuts.


  7. "Reporter"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Reporter in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are a handful of excellent journalists in the newsroom who have hung on through waves of staffing cuts, but turnover has increased and management is increasingly looking to hire young journalists for cheap who will work hard for little pay.

    Cons

    Exec editor isn't digital savvy, but demands the rest of the newsroom be so. Pushing click quotas for stories, which reduces content to lowest common denominator of intelligence. Exceeding expectations isn't rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    give reporters more support, and understand what you are asking of them before you ask it

  8. "Ouch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McClatchy full-time

    Pros

    Its a job and pays the bills

    Cons

    lack of communication, and training, corporate HR is lacking the ability and skill to build a team. New hired employees are not given all disclosures

    Advice to Management

    Don't just think of your self...Be transparent, include all employees in the plan not just favorites or selected ones. Everyone wants to belong, and feel they are part of the company.


  9. "Raleigh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McClatchy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging and rewarding work environment.

    Cons

    Lower salaries and constant instability.


  10. "don't want you to succeed"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at McClatchy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits that's about it

    Cons

    changes take forever.
    goals are unreasonably high and if you don't hit you don't get paid

    Advice to Management

    should have never sold out to mcclatchy


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