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Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Exciting and fast paced; once promising, but no longer"

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    Former Employee - Photo Editor in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Photo Editor in Providence, RI

    I worked at Providence Journal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Happy staff, good pay, a bargaining unit that did not reward laziness. People worked hard because they loved the work, period. There is nothing more exciting than working at a newspaper or media outlet. There is always something to deliver to the readers, good or bad. And there was a lot of pride. Not sure how it is now, but I wouldn't go back hearing what I've heard.

    Cons

    Fear of layoff. I mean how many (local) people does it take to run a newspaper? I wonder how low they can go with so many rounds of downsizing. And other than older people, who reads it any longer? It's not going to improve either, I think we all know that. If I were young and working there, I'd be on the job boards right now.

    Advice to Management

    Some are effective and some are just not. It doesn't matter what you say, they are just holding onto their seats for dear life... until the next 'downsizing'. My advice is to take the buyout next time.


  2. "Traffic Support Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Providence Journal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment and great co-workers

    Cons

    Just don't know if you are next on the chopping block

    Advice to Management

    Great boss

  3. "Finance Position"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Providence Journal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Received 5 years of solid accounting experience

    Cons

    CFO loves seeing her staff fail so she can embarrass/yell at them
    Newspaper business on the decline, layoffs always looming
    Environment is awkward every time CFO is in the area due to fear.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and try to make it a fun place to work


  4. "Great spot for young writer to build clips"

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

    I worked at Providence Journal full-time

    Pros

    -Great, enthusiastic staff of intelligent and talented reporters
    -Good location (right downtown)
    -Flexible work schedule, freedom to pursue and pitch own stories and ideas

    Cons

    -Stressful, ever-changing environment under new Gatehouse management
    -Huge emphasis on clips per post (difficult w/struggling web presence)


  5. "Office/Traffic Support Specialist"

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and immediate managers

    Cons

    No pay raises at all


  6. "sales rep"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Providence Journal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and great customer base

    Cons

    Chaos, have sales reps selling what the company wants not what the customer needs

    Advice to Management

    Focus


  7. "Loved it, but newspapers tough places these days"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Providence Journal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I loved my years at the paper but the cuts to the newspaper world continue to make working at any paper a challenge. Lots of dedicated co-workers.

    Cons

    Cuts, lots of pressure, shrinking news hole.

    Advice to Management

    I understand the paper has new ownership now, so I hope they protect the reputation of this paper.

  8. "Copy Editor"

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Rocky Hill, CT
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Rocky Hill, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Providence Journal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff; very strong group of editors and talented reporters -- before the company was taken over in September 2014, that is. Editors had lots of opportunities to learn new tasks and become more versatile.

    Cons

    Since the company was taken over, the product has suffered greatly. Too much editing work is done out of state, and the lack of familiarity with the city and the state has become obvious.

    Advice to Management

    there's not much to say, apart from the obvious: Bring back more of the local talent in order to produce a first-rate newspaper.


  9. "A once-great company has gone downhill"

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    Former Employee - Advertising in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Advertising in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Providence Journal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's exciting working at a newspaper. Something is always happening. You feel like you are part of an important part of our country's culture.

    Cons

    In the past, when the company was owned by a private family and later by the Belo Corp., it was an excellent place to work with good salaries and decent benefits. However, in 2014 it was purchased by GateHouse Media, and they got rid of many people. GateHouse outsourced many jobs. They want people to work for half the previous pay. Morale went way down and stress went way up.


  10. "OWNED BY GATEHOUSE MEDIA. See GATEHOUSE MEDIA"

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    Current Employee - Multi Media Advertising Sales REp in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Multi Media Advertising Sales REp in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Providence Journal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Go to GateHouse MEdia for the reviews and truth about what is happening currently at the providence journal newspaper

    Cons

    Great local institution was bought by GATEHOUSE MEDIA. Terrible transaction in September 2014 and is tragic to see a company taken to the chamber.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the paper to a reputable group who are locally based and are interested in the growth of the Rhode island economy


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