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Updated June 19, 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)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing company, staying on the edge of digital technology and adjusting fast. Leaders have strong vision and leadership. Great training for new hires.

    Cons

    Not matching 401k, currently on pay freeze

    Advice to Management

    Need to get back to taking care of your people, match 401k offer stock options for employees, freezing pay increases is so 2009.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Mcc review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Every paper is different. Sacramento has a lot of friendly staff, people who have worked there for decades. Benefits are average.

    Cons

    Lots of downsizing and outsourcing. Still working through the digital transformation. It's tough to see good people get outsourced.

    Advice to Management

    Got to do what you got to do. Tough time for the newsprint industry. Keep trying.

  3. "Nice people, smart journalists"

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    Former Employee - Various Editorial Jobs in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Various Editorial Jobs in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    For the most part, the people care about doing good journalism. Most are willing and eager to learn new technologies to do their jobs better.

    Cons

    Cutbacks in recent years have really hurt the mission. A lot of good reporters, editors and others have lost their jobs. The newspapers -- and their readers -- have suffered. Also, like many media companies, the older management types don't listen to the younger generation nearly enough.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and trust the younger, digital generation. Don't just say you'll do it -- actually do it. They're smart, talented and have lots of great ideas. There are still way too many old-school white guys in their 50s and 60s making all the decisions. Younger voices in management positions would be refreshing.


  4. "Great company in a tough spot"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Sacramento, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McClatchy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a first-rate organization. People take their roles incredibly seriously, but it's also a very team-oriented community.

    Cons

    Because of the global decline in newspaper subscription, McClatchy has been forced to substantially cut down its workforce. The employees that do remain are stretched pretty thin as it's all hands on deck.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing the best they can to prepare the company to face the new reality of the newspaper industry, but a continued focus on the customer or newsreader is the only real way to ensure longterm success.


  5. "good company with a strong mission"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Reporter in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people who are comitted to the mission

    Cons

    hard industry with a difficult future

    Advice to Management

    please help


  6. "Excellent culture, work environment and performance bonus"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Accountant in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management from which you can learn a lot from.

    Cons

    Could use better support from Corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great selection criteria for candidates and formal employee review process.


  7. "Professional and flexible"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    as a graphic designer, the ability to work a flexible schedule with the deadlines and with my team was a great environment.

    Cons

    the TIGHT Budget crisis that sent our work over seas to be outsources but demanding more from us with less bodies.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanaging the employees after excepting them to know every aspect of every ones job.

  8. "Great opportunities for individuals but a leadership vacuum at the top of the corporation."

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Reporter in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Committed colleagues, rewarding work, challenging assignments, community involvement, potential to shine individually and collectively.

    Cons

    Waffling vision, detached corporate leadership, held hostage by bond debt, crucial error in refusing to charge for premium content.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to team with other newspaper companies to charge for content.


  9. "Media Company Advances Toward Latest Business Trends and Technology"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director/Graphic Designer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Art Director/Graphic Designer in Miami, FL

    Pros

    • An industry leader in media communications.
    • Fast paced with opportunities to shift career positions within the organization.
    • Diversity in workforce.
    • Equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and quality business services for employees
    • Community charitable programs with employee outreach/volunteer opportunities.

    Cons

    • Decreasing value for senior, experienced, full-time employees. Value shift toward entry level, lower salaried, part-time workers.
    • Decreasing flexibility for employees with family demands.
    • Increasing stressful demands on employees due to rapid turnover and lack of support due to positions lost through attrition.

    Advice to Management

    • Stay ahead of the curve. Have working knowledge of latest technology, applications and trends.
    • Lead by example to maintain respect from employees.
    • Keep in mind the advantages of a "healthy workforce".


  10. "it's a job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Circulation Helper in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Circulation Helper in Miami, FL

    Pros

    great co-workers, great AC, flexibility

    Cons

    pay is low and raises are non existent

    Advice to Management

    think outside the box and do more than CYA


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