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Updated March 14, 2017
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  1. "county editor (assignment and content editor)"

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    Former Employee - County Editor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - County Editor in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very satisfying work mentoring a sharp group of young reporters and putting out some excellent stories -- both on breaking news and enterprise/investigative projects.

    Cons

    Company had a lousy business model for handling competition with the internet to keep readers and advertisers. As a result, painful downsizing of the editorial staff became necessary. While still a good product, the newspaper today is a shadow of its former self.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give away your best editorial work product on the Web without making people pay at least something small for it.

    Orlando Sentinel Response

    Oct 14, 2016 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for the feedback. We remain committed to maintaining the highest integrity of our award-winning journalism, while experimenting with how to enhance and deliver engaging content. We believe ... More


  2. "Disappointing overall, executives are entitled and clueless"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working for the Orlando Sentinel is the brand name. Since its basically the only newspaper in the metro area everyone knows the name. That can help a little.

    Cons

    Newspaper business is dying a slow certain death. The executives at the sentinel have known this for many years and still they are clueless as to how to effectively create new business models and turn things around. Finally, the executives seem to dump on the reps out in the field. The lower level employees are always to blame. Management needs to stop and take responsibility for the mess they have created.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your field level employees better. First by paying a much more competitive wage. Secondly stop blaming lower level employees for bad decisions made by management and finally hire real creative people stop using the same old tired strategies expecting a different result. Oh one more thing management start taking responsibility for your mistakes, own it and do better.

    Orlando Sentinel Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for the feedback. Our company, and the entire media industry, is confronting a rapidly changing business environment. We strive to create a dynamic environment where all employees can take ... More


  3. "Fun environment, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Sales Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Multimedia Sales Consultant in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Great culture and no micro-managing.

    Cons

    Most sales positions are commission only and the ones with a base salary are minimal.


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  5. "Independent contractor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longwood, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longwood, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Orlando Sentinel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Like dealing with people. Been delivering newspapers almost 16years

    Cons

    When i started in 2000. I had to get use to seven days a week work schedule and early morning

    Advice to Management

    Pay


  6. "Great Place!"

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    Former Employee - Advertising, Digital and Print Marketing Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Advertising, Digital and Print Marketing Consultant in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Bonuses
    Great Managers
    Social Events to promote market awareness

    Cons

    None at the moment thank you


  7. "Struggling Corporation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Too many middle managers, Corporation is struggling to find its way.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the great workers you have.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Industry in Decline"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Orlando Sentinel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding and fulfilling work. Compensation is better than average. Hours are quite flexible including telecommuting and accommodating personal, family, and heath issues.

    Cons

    Basically it's an industry in decline so the workplace reflects all the negatives associated with that environment. The product itself is in decline, but to be fair it is at all newspaper and the transition to Digital has been difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Plan for the future and not the next quarterly statement. Strategies are counterproductive to long term growth or even stability. The pressure is to maximize revenues, but this is being accomplished at the expense of future earnings.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Everyone Waiting to be Laid Off"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Systems in Casselberry, FL
    Former Employee - Advertising Systems in Casselberry, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    See the newspaper industry go through a very slow death! Watch workers sit in their cubicles praying each day to be laid off so they can get their severance packages and leave this horrible workplace.

    Cons

    No raises in YEARS, no room for advancement, negative environment. More than half the building is empty with empty, decaying cubicles.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lay people off and then hire them back as temps for no benefits and less $. You are cheating good American workers and taking advantage of them. Stop sending jobs to India. Sell the depressing empty building and move to a smaller office. Don't make people pay for the news subscriptions online. The millenial generation are not going to pay for it - newsflash: GOOGLE is free.


  10. "District Manager"

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Kissimmee, FL
    Former Employee - District Manager in Kissimmee, FL

    I worked at Orlando Sentinel (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is none at the time I was there.

    Cons

    There was chance for advancement while I was there.


  11. "orlando sentinel needs focus"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    lots of perks from big company

    Cons

    very top heavy in management

    Advice to Management

    promises are made that are not followed up


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