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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)

  • 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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Holding good employees back."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "don't want you to succeed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (4)

    "BEWARE - you can do better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Liberal bias galore"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, but I have to fill this space with at least 20 words and I have now fulfilled that requirement.

    Cons

    Being in fear of speaking about Conservative values, God - anything that extreme Liberals find offensive. Journalism should be unbiased.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your high horse, your company is dying and you are going down with it.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy full-time

    Pros

    Unfortunately there nothing good to say about this company anymore

    Cons

    If i could give no stars i would. Narrow minded, top down approach that has cost many people their jobs. Always behind the curb due to having old "Print" people making decisions in a digital age.

    Advice to Management

    You can start by firing all "C" Level positions that think its a good idea to send an email that basically say they are pleased to fire their staff.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Internal communication is horrible"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have a good manager, just like any other job, you're in good shape, but most of them are not.

    Cons

    The companies answer to pretty much anything is to lay people off. Being in print media, they got caught behind the times and instead of adapting with them, they let the digital world move ahead of them and now they're laying everyone off to catch up and shed costs.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of dropping lay offs on top of people as a surprise, keep local managers abreast of changes that could affect staffing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Celebrates the smallest victories, but doesn't acknowledge the downtimes."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prepress Technician
    Current Employee - Prepress Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McClatchy part-time

    Pros

    You'll work and support an institution and industry alongside people who share the same passion. Those people will likely be those at the specific newspaper you work for, not McClatchy proper.

    Cons

    Corporate management won't acknowledge layoffs of staff who have been loyal to the company their entire professional lives. Additionally, they are offering their part-timers no incentives to stick around, cutting jobs and available payable hours in what they refer to internally as their FRED Plan, citing it specfically as "cost reductions in production and newsprint."

    Advice to Management

    The newspaper business is going downhill, and your employees know it. Find ways to cut costs that don't cost others their livelihoods.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "worst company i have ever worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    have nothing nice to say

    Cons

    the company hacked our home town news paper to bits


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Look elsewhere"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Use to be a good company, but currently there are no pros to add.

    Cons

    No work/life balance unless you are in upper upper management. Benefits and compensation are awful and they just implemented at two year wage freeze. No 401(k) contributions either. Company holidays are sparse. I could write a book on all the reasons not to work for this company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A greedy, short-sighted company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a few good people in any company. This one is no exception to that rule. One can find good co-workers anywhere.

    Cons

    The tangible bottom line is everything to this company. Years ago they took on much more debt than they could handle, and they've responded by selling as many assets and laying off as many people as they could. Now their game is to hire as many part-time people as they can so they don't have to pay benefits. They make one bad business decision upon another, then make the rank-and-file employees pay the awful price for them.


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