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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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  1. "Prefer not to disclose"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and incredible marketing and advertising programs.

    Cons

    Lots of transition with new ownership and downsizing

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people that want to be there and allow them to contribute and include them in successes


  2. "Bad Company"

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

    I worked at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel full-time

    Pros

    Great job doing what I loved to do.

    Cons

    Mismanagement, short sighted, forgot their roots in Milwaukee.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the readers better, focus on local news.

  3. "Journal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (More than a year)

    Pros

    its an easy job to learn. and you can get forklift training, use your knowledge you learn there to get a better paying job. it part time only. a good starter job.

    Cons

    you cannot get any promotions or become a full time worker. unorganized management


  4. "Not a great learning experience as an Intern"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (More than a year)

    Pros

    There was room for advancement

    Cons

    Not a great learning experience as an intern

    Advice to Management

    Continue to train interns.


  5. "Senior Digital Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    relaxed work enviornment and hours

    Cons

    little slow on keeping up to date on software


  6. "Sad for the JS"

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    Former Employee - Journalist in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Journalist in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The most amazing people and most talented journalists in the region, if not the country, will teach you so much and help you improve your own skills to an incredible degree. The news guild does a fantastic job of fighting for the rights of all employees and ensuring fair (if not exceptional!) pay for the location and industry as well as proper benefits. The journalism itself is exceptional as the JS has a huge investment in its investigative team and will do anything to win the coveted Pulitzer.

    Cons

    The poor place is going down in flames, and it doesn't seem like anybody will admit it. The only support goes to the investigative team and other reporters, but there are pretty much two designers or copy editors per night left to support those efforts. Soon the whole production team will be outsourced, and nobody who really cares about Milwaukee journalism will be left to help Milwaukee produce great journalism. I'm sad for interns who come in looking for mentorship but are instead expected to fill desks, then they end up with A1 stories not because anyone has helped them learn how to write an A1 story but rather because there were no other reporters available to cover the local news. I love the Journal Sentinel with all of my heart, but I feel the Journal Sentinel's heart has been misplaced, and their only goal is to win awards, when my goal as a journalist has always been to provide an invaluable service to the public.

    Advice to Management

    I wish the JS would show more support to employees other than the former Pulitzer finalists. Recognize that the common reader doesn't really care about awards, and they're really missing the great community service journalism that the paper used to put out. And you're obviously not winning awards as you cut every team besides reporters ... let's not blame the award-less years on non-exceptional journalism. Let's admit that it's because you haven't had the once-exceptional and devoted production team to produce that great content. I'll repeat what I said in the 'cons': I love the Journal Sentinel with all of my heart, but I feel the Journal Sentinel's heart has been misplaced, and their only goal is to win awards, when my goal as a journalist has always been to provide an invaluable service to the public.


  7. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outside of a handful of nice people I met, I can't think of anything...honestly.

    Cons

    Had 5 different managers, except 2, others very inexperienced. Unprofessional, poor leaders, etc...
    demonstrated blatant favoritism, speaking behind employees backs...

    Advice to Management

    No sense wasting my time offering advice when there is no acknowledgement by the co., they are doing anything wrong.

  8. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel full-time

    Pros

    Great brand in the market! Great team of people that care about what we bring to the community!

    Cons

    Nothing negative only tough business environment that is changing everyday.


  9. "Life-long friendships"

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

    Pros

    I worked at the JS in many capacities over many years. Sales, client services, digital, marketing, etc. The friendships I made there are ones I will carry with me always. The people are fun, friendly, hard-working and really work hard to promote a 'work family' atmosphere.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, pay is stagnant and people in marketing roles (not sales) or support roles rarely have the chance to make ANY money. This company has been through so much with mergers, takeovers, layoffs, etc, it's a shame to see so many good people have to find employment elsewhere in order to survive.

    Advice to Management

    Honor and respect all employees -- not just high-level sales reps. Behind every successful sales rep is a team of support staff, marketers, writers, etc, who all deserve equal accolades and livable wages.


  10. "Fun while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Designer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fun, flexible work hours, decent-ish salary, nurturing culture, great place to work if you are a writer

    Cons

    Lack of women in higher positions, buyouts twice a year, lack of understanding about what designers do from people in higher positions, not many opportunities to advance one's career.


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