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  1. "It is an exciting place to learn many venues of the newspaper business."

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    Former Employee - Ad Assistant in Red Bluff, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews part-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    I won many awards based on my level of experience. My peers were n excellent source of learning my craft.

    Cons

    Lots of driving sometimes, 100 miles per day. Many accounts weren't disbursed very well to the right territories. My ad director had no experience in managing.

    Advice to Management

    Give the right person the job of working with employees. Make sure they are not in conflict with the staff.

    MediaNews2014-02-13
  2. "Another company ruined by a hedge fund"

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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    There are some very dedicated employees who have not left

    Cons

    Massive layoffs, no investment in business, nobody cares, you are just a tool, hedge fund has no loyalty

    Advice to Management

    Treat people nice as that is all you can do for them until the next wave of cuts hits. New CEO is a buffoon. Just a puppet for the hedge fund.

    MediaNews2018-01-23
  3. "Senior Staff Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    It was an opportunity for a different accounting exposure.

    Cons

    Leadership is not very strong; newspaper industry is dying so there are not many opportunities to advance.

    MediaNews2017-11-15
  4. "Cash Applications Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The medical insurance benefits were good in 2016. The 2017 rates however were not.

    Cons

    The computer systems being used were many years out of date. Nothing is streamlined so there is a tremendous amount of time spent trying to make up for the shortcomings of the databases. There were no extra computers so that a broken computer could be worked on without disrupting the workflow. Management was lacking basic people skills.

    MediaNews2017-02-09
  5. "It was okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Good, knowledgeable people to work with.

    Cons

    Management can't stay focused. Ruthless -- even to each other.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say.

    MediaNews2015-07-18
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional, Unethical, and Incompetent Management"

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    Former Employee - Credit and Collections Specialist in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews

    Pros

    Decent pay, but benefits are poor.

    Cons

    Totally unprofessional environment and management (mainly in the credit and collections and cash dept at the SSC in Colorado Springs) has no clue what they are doing. They let people under-perform, call out as often as they want, and basically surf the internet all day with zero consequences. Then once management finds out, instead of punishing the low performers, they dump their work on the top performers, driving them...

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    Advice to Management

    Get down in the trenches and actually learn what your employees are doing instead of just barking orders, having no idea what it actually takes to do the job. Get your sh** together ASAP, otherwise I would not be surprised at all to see this company go bankrupt in the not too distant future.

    MediaNews2015-07-21
  7. "Cash Aquistion Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MediaNews

    Pros

    Left alone to do job.

    Cons

    no review, never a raise. Only have to say something if negative.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employee they got you where you are.

    MediaNews2015-05-06
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Newspaper is dying - fast."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    There are a few really good people. The Denver office is a very nice facility - but only until they are able to unload it.

    Cons

    Leadership is still trying to buck the downward spiral that is newspaper and failing. There is a policy of no performance reviews because a positive performance review might imply that a raise is due. There have been few if any raises for the last three years. They are still cutting expenses, i.e. labor costs at a tremendous rate. And, still no 401k match.

    Advice to Management

    Take a cue from Gannett and Tribune. Consolidate, centralize, and standardize your operations now rather than wait for everything to fall apart on it's own. Stop trying to make a content play in the digital space when the entire industry, especially the advertisers and marketing agencies, is moving toward analytics and operational efficiency.

    MediaNews2014-05-08
  9. "They think highly of themselves"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    They are in a dying industry and trying some really innovative ideas to reinvent themselves. Nice people!

    Cons

    No 401k matching. They will be quick to advise they offer a 401k, but they don't match. Company has many silos, and very poor internal communication.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication, break down the silos, get rid of the old guard, bring in some mid level to high level people from outside of the industry.

    MediaNews2014-03-14
  10. "This company doesn't care about its employees."

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Estes Park, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MediaNews part-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    The company is big enough you can find a niche for your special interest(s) in journalism.

    Cons

    Dean Singleton is a miser. He grew up poor and instead of learning to care about those who work under him, he treats them as expendable. They pay low, poor if any benefits. They jimmied the heater so we couldn't turn it up in the winter. We were pretty cold. People started bringing in heaters and had them under their desks to keep warm. They had us working in the dark. I got eyestrain so bad my vision was blurring....

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    Advice to Management

    Remember your employees do their best job when you treat them with concern and respect.

    MediaNews2013-08-11
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