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Updated April 10, 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)

  • There are a few good people in any company (in 3 reviews)

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

  • bad pay, wage freezes, no 401K contributions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Liberal bias galore"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "worst company i have ever worked for"

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    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A greedy, short-sighted company"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Former employee at Fort Worth newsroom"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    I honestly can't think of many. I suppose that the pay could be worse, and it is in some places. But the frequent furloughs tend to negate that aspect.

    Cons

    Corrupt middle and lower management, absolute fools in upper management. Lots of cronyism, favoritism, opportunism. If you're not part of "the gang," then beware. Promotions tend to follow the classic pattern of the Peter Principle, including the targeting of super-competent subordinates for eventual dismissal.

    Advice to Management

    To upper management, get a brain. To lower and middle management, get some moral fiber.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Unorganized, short sighted company which lacks leadership and doesn't care about their clients"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Ability to be out in the community and interact with business owners.
    -Being able to own your territory and be given assigned accounts.

    Cons

    -Horrible leadership
    -Short sighted approach to business
    -Don't care about their clients budget or delivering results
    -Constant turnover
    -Fire successful employees and replace them with someone they can pay half
    -Lofty, Unattainable Goals
    -Motivate through fear
    -No room for growth
    -outsourced most work overseas at this point

    Advice to Management

    -Create an open line of communication with your employees.
    -Strive for success as a whole and not self-preservation of your own job
    -Stop driving away talent
    -Trust your employees to do their job
    -Be willing to try new things and be comfortable with change


  8. Helpful (1)

    "They Screwed Me"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - District Circulation Manager in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - District Circulation Manager in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company Car and Gas Card, Office at Home

    Cons

    Worked 80+ hrs week. No OT Pay, Salary only. Standard was always higher, never good enough. I was promised weekends and holidays off, etc and assured that my district was in good shape. I had a health crisis and communication between middle management about my absence was lacking, leaving me to explain when I returned. Little to no support from my managers and very little control over my territory.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes good enough is good enough.


  9. "Poor environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Uptown location, discount on newspaper subscription, best news web site in charlotte market,

    Cons

    Unfair environment, not fair to all employees

    Advice to Management

    Get new management that cares about employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "STAY AWAY!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Outside sales at least gives you the opportunity to work within the community and not in the toxic office of TSN.

    Cons

    No organization in the company. Lack of care or concern for employees. No recognition. No accountability for errors and mistakes. Poor compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Manage.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "BEWARE - you can do better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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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