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Orange County Register Reviews

Updated October 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "The vast majority of frontline staffers and low/mid-level managers are extremely hard working and dedicated to delivering a quality product" (in 5 reviews)

  • "The other employees are generallly good people" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management is out of touch" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Takes advantage of job-hungry journalists in a shrinking field; little financial incentive" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "OC Register"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very Friendly Environment - -

    Cons

    Nothing Major - - -


  2. "Poor morale due to years of layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Reporter in Anaheim, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Orange County Register full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reporters and photographers are very accomplished and talented. They care deeply about their jobs.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. No plan except layoff people yearly.

  3. "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orange County Register full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture, decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Struggling industry forcing many layoffs. Future uncertain. Shrinking subscriber base.

    Advice to Management

    Give digital 150% focus. Local news are still needed, but print is on the decline. Reinvent the delivery medium.


  4. "reporter"

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    Current Employee - Journalist in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Journalist in Anaheim, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orange County Register full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting stories abound in OC. Coworkers are good people.

    Cons

    Constant threat of layoffs. Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.


  5. "Struggling company in a struggling industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orange County Register full-time

    Pros

    The dedicated journalists and hard-working individuals who do their best with limited resources to keep the company afloat.

    Cons

    The Register suffers the fate of most newspapers in that no sustainable revenue model exists.


  6. "Great editorial poor management"

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

    Pros

    Editorial team and direct manager were excellent

    Cons

    Poor experience with upper management

    Advice to Management

    Improve financial management of the company so you can retain talent and do good journaism.


  7. "IT Support"

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - IT Support in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orange County Register full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At the company for a long time. Like the people working there.

    Cons

    Low pay. Low pay low pay low pay low pay

  8. "Good company poor industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Orange County Register full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They use people's strengths moving people around to accommodate.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is not well. Lots of restructuring and lay offs.


  9. "Senior features editor"

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    Former Employee - Deputy Design Editor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Deputy Design Editor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orange County Register (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, paper and location

    Cons

    The two owners at the time had no newspaper experience and therefore made some unbelievable decisions that cost a lot of people including myself to be laid off.

    Advice to Management

    I believe they should've had some close well informed newspaper pros there to advise them on how a newspaper runs especially in these times of print losing its muster.


  10. "Shell of former glory"

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    Former Employee - Photojournalist in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Photojournalist in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orange County Register full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, authentic people work in the trenches. One of the funnest geographic areas to cover in the country. Covers a very wealthy area that includes Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and a large of array of unique personalities with unique hobbies and interests that make for great storytelling. Great equipment pool for photojournalists.

    Cons

    Editors have their favorites. No system to mentor newer photojournalists. At the time I was there they were swung back and forth from focus on print to focus on new media. Probably should've focused on new media. Community journalists have a hard time getting noticed and exposure. Photojournalist have about 4 different bosses on any given assignment and no one fighting for their concerns. Not much leadership in the photo department. Had to work "piece work" (overtime, if available) to make ends meet in OC. Most journalist required to commute from LA county because they couldn't afford to live in county.

    Advice to Management

    Photographers are on the frontlines and engage with the largest swath of the community so talking to them as you plan initiatives and such would be to your advantage.