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Updated September 12, 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)

  • Professional place to work with great benefits (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)

  • Upper management has little idea of how their departments are run (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Interesting field and challenging job."

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Holding good employees back."

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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


  4. "Ouch"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Raleigh"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "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


  7. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at McClatchy full-time

    Pros

    Professional place to work with great benefits.

    Cons

    Too much underlying politics and no upward movement.

  8. "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, friendly co-workers, flexible schedules, good location,

    Cons

    No matching 401K contribution, pay freeze, hiring freeze in some departments.


  9. "Advertising executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to make your own schedule and work at your own pace. Working for a well known brand.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure to sell solutions customers don't want or need in order to maximize company profits.

    Advice to Management

    Train people better to become great instead or churning through good employees looking for the perfect one.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "BEWARE - you can do better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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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 McClatchy full-time

    Pros

    there's some great people in the local markets that really care about their jobs and communities

    Cons

    corporate is a resource blackhole who anoints themselves as "better-thans" even though they contribute absolutely zero demonstrable value to the bottom line. Local properties keep cutting resources because they miss revenue goals while corporate continues to grow....wonder why we keep missing goals? The lack of direction and utter confusion from corporate lieutenants is comical and I wouldn't classify anyone I've come across at the corporate level as an expert in anything. They say digital is the future but their vision is as clear as driving through a downpour without wipers and it's a constant shell game to move around dollars to prop the digital numbers...there's no real growth there. If you have any real talent then I promise you can find better so don't waste your valuable time!!!!! If you don't, then take what they give and use it as a crutch to find something better.
    And last but certainly not least....getting a raise is IMPOSSIBLE and the benefits are better at McDonalds - they haven't matched the 401K since 2009

    Advice to Management

    Cull the corporate management ranks and find real talent and experts to shape your future not a bunch of recycled has-beens that have been collecting dust and fat paychecks for years while delivering zero real value to the company


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