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Ogden Newspapers Reviews

Updated July 29, 2017
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  1. "Great people, but not enough pay"

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor/Page Designer
    Former Employee - Copy Editor/Page Designer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best, funniest, and kindest people I have ever worked with. Great, passionate journalists.

    Cons

    I never made enough to live on, so after 7 months I had to leave, because, despite what corporate thinks, it costs more than barely minimum wage to eat.

    This is a problem for many, many people, so they can't keep good people around. It broke my heart to be begged by the publisher/editor to stay only to tell them that they couldn't pay me enough. I was one of their best employees but I got a better opportunity elsewhere and couldn't pass up the chance to make enough to keep a roof over my head.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. It makes it really hard for the editors and publishers to find good people when it's like a revolving door in there.


  2. "Poor company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Packaging Supervisor in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Packaging Supervisor in Fort Wayne, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The freedom of no worries

    Cons

    Doesn't invest in employees

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and you will have a much better outcome

  3. "Won't invest in weekly newspapers"

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    Current Employee - Staff Writer
    Current Employee - Staff Writer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ogden Newspapers part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, good coworkers, independence with producing news

    Cons

    Low, low, low pay, company doesn't invest in its small town papers, expects the world.

    Advice to Management

    At least let the small papers have new websites so we have the ability to produce multimedia


  4. "Reporter"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Altoona, PA
    Current Employee - Reporter in Altoona, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ogden Newspapers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work is steady, can depend on paycheck, company recently restored 401K match

    Cons

    Running short-staffed, no sign of relief

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to replace a few people.


  5. "Manager"

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

    I worked at Ogden Newspapers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I'm unable to think of any Pros about this company.

    Cons

    FT employees working under the direction of the Publisher are commonly expected to work extremely long hours (greater than 8 or 10+ hrs a day) deal with excessive pressure from upper management and those who sit in the corporate offices. More frequently than not, salaried staff are forced to work multiple weeks in a row without a day of rest. When staff request a day of rest, they are often ridiculed behind their back. Regardless of position, every employee is expected to resolve long-standing systemic problems without sufficient training, resources, help, support or assistance.  Training is nonexistent but upper management (Publisher and above) expect staff to learn the archaic systems which are utulized at their property's.

    Advice to Management

    My only suggestion to the management is they should look very carefully at the Publisher running the problem property. If you're not seeing the needed improvment year after year, maybe that's where changes need to be initiated.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic, drastically undervalued employees"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Warren, OH
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Warren, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Potentially flexible work schedule
    Even when there were disagreements, the direct management was always willing to talk and work to solve problems
    Work-life balance was decent for part timers
    Generally relaxed environment
    Great co-workers who do the best with what they're given
    Seem to actively be working to provide better software and resources (That's more on IT than the company as a whole)

    Cons

    Pay was atrocious
    Outdated systems for time cards
    Upper management overstepping boundaries
    Upper management would micromanage for worthless things and provide no support when things mattered
    Work-life balance was horrible for full time/salaried employees - Some people were forced to work ridiculous overtime due to overstretching resources and acquiring so many additional papers in such a short time span

    Advice to Management

    Pay fairly and respect your employees. You will not keep good workers for long with such high expectations for such little pay.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Quick to invest in new properties, but not ones they currently own."

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    Current Employee - Newspaper in Warren, OH
    Current Employee - Newspaper in Warren, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogden Newspapers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you learn to play their game, advancement is possible fairly quickly and easily.

    They offer ease of transition to move into new positions within the company if you pay attention and work hard.

    Cons

    Outdated technology that makes doing simple things, like social media, quite difficult. For a communications-based company, they don't communicate well within the organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Stop buying new properties and invest in the good places and people you already have.

  8. "Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogden Newspapers full-time

    Pros

    Great organization. Family-friendly work environment with exceptional management and people. High expectations, but not without providing the necessary resources to achieve objectives.

    Cons

    Tough industry with growth of online media. Outdated computer software, and sometimes cuts corners on technology upgrades in order to keep profit margins.

    Advice to Management

    I'd like to see the company be more progressive in expanding to new avenues -- ie., online, social media, video, etc. ... Sometimes by waiting there is an opportunity missed.


  9. "decent place to work, but not the best."

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    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Trout Run, PA
    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Trout Run, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ogden Newspapers (Less than a year)

    Pros

    pretty relaxed atmosphere, and relatively easy work. Everyone is pretty friendly and gets along for the most part. Set work schedule unless you work production at night.

    Cons

    the pay is horrible the company absolutely refuses to pay decent wages. benefits package is also horrible and insurance is about $500 a month. Management does not like to spend money on new equipment that would increase production quality.

    Advice to Management

    in order to make money, you have to spend money. Invest in quality employees and equipment.


  10. "Newspaper"

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    Current Employee - Circulation Manager in Houghton, MI
    Current Employee - Circulation Manager in Houghton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Ogden Newspapers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Monday through Friday hours, some benefits.

    Cons

    Low salary, Team work is non-existent, poor management


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