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Pioneer Press Reviews

Updated January 24, 2017
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  1. "Great people, terrible ownership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Multimedia Sales Executive
    Former Employee - Multimedia Sales Executive

    I worked at Pioneer Press full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with some really incredible people, received great training on products

    Cons

    Ownership - it's owned by Digital First Media, which in turn is owned by Alden Global Capital. Alden is a hedgefund that doesn't care at all about news or services. They only care about making a good return for investors. The Pioneer Press has been gutted, both in property (no longer owns it's own building, no longer prints own paper, does very little of own circulation, etc) and in staff (lay offs galore - newsroom, finance, circulation, and most recently the advertising department, including sales).

    Advice to Management

    Work with the union to find new ownership.


  2. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pioneer Press full-time

    Pros

    Culture is laid back, semi-flexible with work hours, overall the people are fun to work with excluding upper management.

    Cons

    Benefits are awful, health insurance is a joke and the retirement is even worse. The company is under a lot of financial stress so the outlook is bleak and there are constant layoffs. No job security.


  3. "Nothing but opportunity"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you are willing to learn and interested in advancing your career this is a GREAT place to work!!

    Cons

    Any company has room for improvement but the PP is trying hard


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  5. "Horrible Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of five 'Pros' for this place.

    Cons

    When the company changed hands we were promised that nothing would change. However, less than a month later writers contracts were bought out or they were laid off. Management staff began accusing employees of stealing without any proof. I worked in customer service and each one of us was pulled into an individual meeting and questioned 'inquisition' style for over an hour.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees the way you want to be treated. We are not criminals and should not be treated as such.


  6. "Page Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The rest of the staff was easy to work with.

    Cons

    It's a newspaper. There were layoffs. And there wasn't much in terms of getting promoted.


  7. "Carrier"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Driving with out direct supervision. Easy work. Good customers. No worries easy gig. Really easy gig. Good for your exercise

    Cons

    7 days a week which means every holiday and week end. No one to fill in for you if your sick and what not.

    Advice to Management

    Hire subs for days off. It's very difficult to work every day. No family time or sick days should be a thing of the past


  8. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Pioneer Press full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They provide fairly good training . The people are very friendly. They don't require overtime since it is a union mentality. It can be a fairly stable job if you pass your 6 month probation.

    Cons

    It is a challenging industry right now causing more stress on all the employees. It's a very "top down" management style. Management really doesn't value the employees opinions. It is a union company. Pay hasn't kept up with the times and the benefits have gotten worse. It used to be a better company to work for.


  9. "The transition the company is going through is ethically challenging."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - News Reporter
    Current Employee - News Reporter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pioneer Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Able to become a part of the communities reporters cover.

    Cons

    No real place to work, so reporters are limited to public facilities like libraries, coffee shops and restaurants.

    Advice to Management

    Be more empathetic.


  10. "A shadow of it's former self"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Editor in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pioneer Press full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people they work hard, write well and genuinely care about the city they report on. They really are the more talented journalists in town.

    Cons

    The state of the newspaper industry and an attempt to turn toward technology a little too late. It has only lead to buyouts and layoffs year over year.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trimming, the fat is gone, you are cutting vital organs now.


  11. "At one time, this was a great place to work."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pioneer Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Being in The Newspaper Guild meant you got a fair wage and benefits. A union is good for both employees and employers.

    Cons

    As the newspaper industry changed, management put employees on furlough and really shrunk the staff. This drastically lowered morale.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees in the loop about how the company is doing. Don't keep everyone in fear of losing his/her job, because it's scary and bad for morale. If you're dumping employees, get rid of managers, too, not just the union members.



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