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Updated January 11, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Working for McClatchy Newspapers."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Dedicated Employees who work hard and have the best for the community they serve.

    Cons

    The Newspaper industry is in freefall. Reinventing a hard print media company has been challenging in this digital age. Many layoffs, missteps and changes of direction. Too much advice from outside media consultants has created most of the direction changes. A lot of news functions are lost.

    Advice to Management

    One big mistake has been the isolation of core readership and poor customer service, poor service to advertisers. This will have to be corrected.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional and Declining Performance"

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    Former Employee - Local Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Local Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a pretty healthy health insurance policy, along with disability, vacation, and some opportunities for advancement based on your performance. Plus, with multiple locations throughout the U.S., if you do need to move, you might be able to transfer to a different office.

    Cons

    Advertising departments across all papers are in the process of going through a "restructuring" meaning all new titles, job functions, salaries, etc and its not to the benefit of the employees. Instead, sales employees are jumping ship like crazy, leaving half a staff to still support day to day activity. Upper management is so far removed from those day to day actions that they truly have no idea what the staff does or some of the challenges they're facing. Also, McClatchy is typically last to go to market with new technologies, leaving their sales reps with little opportunities to actually hit their goals and make money


  3. Helpful (2)

    "No future."

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Relaxed time requirements.

    Cons

    No hopes of retiring from there.
    No upward mobility.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Sales in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I really enjoyed all the sales people I worked with, good at helping each other out when needed, provided sales guidance and tips.

    Cons

    The carrot was always a little to far away to reach. The product was continuing to slip lower and lower, and was hard to keep any advertiser when the ads did not work.


  6. "The employees seem as replaceable as the ID numbers they"

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    Current Employee - Operations Department in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Operations Department in Miami, FL

    Pros

    As with any job in journalism, you're bound to meet a bunch of interesting and intelligent people. Here is no different. A bunch of experienced and professional people help run a tight ship, and go out of their way to help any fellow co-worker in the trenches. Working in operations, your job is to get the paper out on time, every time. It's not glamorous, and the work is rather uninteresting, but you'll have great people trudging along with you in the trenches.

    Cons

    Operations have become the target of a lot of budget cuts as McClatchy has begun transforming itself into a digital-first company. That means lost jobs and no bettering the quality of life for the lucky few still employed, like that's a benefit.

    In my time with the company, seven full-time positions were cut from the operations department and refused to promote part-timers to full-time. Another handful of positions were cut from editorial. On the other hand, the advertising and sales departments get a whole slew of fresh hires, a re-branding, and additional amenities. All of this in line with their 2020 Plan, starting with redesigning papers like the Sacramento Bee. To what end?

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are people, even if you don't see all of them. You may be a major news conglomerate boasting a high share of the market, but let the newspapers operate as local entities. It'll better the quality of life of their employees. Also, show me on the doll where it makes sense to cut the people that get the paper out!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good people in the newsrooms, but corporate ... ?"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Reporter in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Depends on the newsroom. Talented and experienced journalists and editors in many places. More autonomy for papers to cover their communities and maintain unique identities than other large newspaper chains. Credibility in the industry and really does attempt to "speak truth to power" when necessary.

    Cons

    The cuts. The salary freezes. The lack of 401-K contributions. The worsening health insurance. The layoffs. The lack of new blood and manpower due to hiring freezes. News web sites with more pop-ups than any except porn sites.

    Advice to Management

    Jeez. Where to begin? Your assets are your people. A 23-year-old college grad is cheaper than a 20-year veteran, but the difference in work shows - and the readers know it, too.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Life-draining, talent draining employer who doesnt care about work-life balance."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits and the people that are left are very hard working people. Of course you have to be to take on all the added responsibilities.

    Cons

    The company is always downsizing or taken from the employees such as increased costs of health coverage, pay cuts, furloughs, increased workload with no added benefits (except be happy you have a job). Even though you may have a vacation balance, its difficult to use it when there is no one to cover, therefore losing any vacation at the end of the year. Perhaps, if they cant get their employees their vacation time, they should at least pay them for what they lose.

    Advice to Management

    Present a case to McClatchy and show how the Eagle has done more with less compared to some of their sister newspapers. Enough said. I dont want to kick a company when they're down.


  9. "Its been good until the recent cuts"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training and opportunities are pretty good

    Cons

    NO TEAMWORK and communication is zero

    Advice to Management

    hire lawyers and research the purchase from Knight Ridder!!!


  10. "KC Star used to be a good place to work, now it's not..."

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Reporter in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Before the hammer fell on the newspaper business beginning in 2008 (management missed five million signals in years running up to the debacle) The Star was a good place to work. Opportunities and some support from management

    Cons

    Acts like a company in the midst of a panic, which it is...

    Advice to Management

    Stop the panic mode, and when you make cuts, make intelligent ones, not ones based on frieds of fill-in-the-blank


  11. "Not a promising career choice."

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    Former Employee - Journalist in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Journalist in Fresno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits with the freedom to do good journalism. They are a large newspaper chain that can offer opportunities to transfer to other cities across the nation. Perhaps working here in a good starter job can lead to better opportunity elsewhere.

    Cons

    The downward spiral of the newspaper business has cut budgets and reduced manpower. Management is top-heavy. Reporters and others have to do more with less. Right now, they have instituted a one-year wage freeze. There have been at least two rounds of buyouts and layoffs at most papers this year alone. Many of the advertising design jobs were outsourced to India last year. The company is still looking for every possible way to outsource its printing and prepress operations. There is even expressed doubt that they will want to continue printing any newspapers down the road. Online revenue is promising, but barely supports the journalists needed to deliver the news. And the pay for online expertise lags others in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Drop a few editors down to work the trenches. How many AMEs do they really need? Every reporter should maintain a blog, but don't expect it to drive views. I guess there's no way to clear the clutter off the home page. Try word ads, they get better hits and are less obtrusive.


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