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SF Newspaper Co. Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    High intensity and medium responsibility, a great place to work if you like a fast-paced environment, also very deadline driven

    Cons

    Long hours, late nights, a lot of confusion at some times. But, for a budding journalist this could be a great job

    Advice to Management

    Offer better compensation and more flexible work hours and perhaps employee satisfaction would go up a bit; otherwise great job


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    "Considering working for The San Francisco Examiner or SF Newspaper Co.? Read On:"

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    Former Employee - SF Newspaper Co Examiner Advertising Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - SF Newspaper Co Examiner Advertising Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are new to the industry. If you really want to get newspaper or advertising experience. If you want to get advertising experience and they offer you a territory with a good amount of existing revenue already established. If you have received and offer and are allowed to interview some of their existing employees before deciding on the position.

    Cons

    They do a great job misrepresenting the income potential by advertising six-figure income for advertising reps when only one rep in the whole company earns that. There is just something about The Examiner that the end user (advertisers) just dont like or respect; changing that perception is a very difficult thing to overcome. Extremely high turn over rate- something like 30 people fired in less than a year including upper and mid management. The high turn over rate makes advertisers wary; right after a relationship is established the advertising representative is no longer working there and then the next rep has to start over from scratch. Sloppy work environment with dated technology makes for inefficient use of time. They tend to blame the employees for lack of revenue when it is actually The Examiner's inability to evolve into the modern world.....they will never really know what potential they could have had because they never listen the employee's feedback....employees are the people who are on the ground-level listening to the advertisers needs, wants and pains every single day, learn from them dont just dispose of them. Also, since you have to pay for your own benefits at The Examiner, shop around outside of what they offer and you can pay less per month for better benefits.

    Advice to Management

    It takes time and effort to establish a relationship with customers. When an advertiser has had multiple reps over a short period of time it makes The Examiner look unstable and I know I would not want to invest in an unstable company. I have seen this at other organizations and fought hard to overcome it for my own personal growth, and really guys you are shooting yourselves in the foot when you "slash and burn". If you yourself cannot practice what you preach as in close business from the ground level, maybe you should look at yourself and The Examiner's total value proposition and make a change for the better. If you can sell what you insist the ad reps sell, prove it and then fire them....I think you will find it a humbling experience. I mean really, if someone told you that they could do your job better even though they had never really walked in your shoes, you'd heartily laugh at them right? That's what you are doing to your employees. You will never find the "perfect" employee so maybe you should do what successful companies do and invest heavily in the employees that you haven't fired.


  3. "Love this job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SF Newspaper Co. full-time

    Pros

    Great Place to work, and lots of fun people.

    Cons

    Hard to accept failure over and over when cold calling.

    Advice to Management

    More support


  4. "Used to be a great paper ..."

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

    I worked at SF Newspaper Co. full-time

    Pros

    Convenient location. Central office in downtown is easy to commute to and go about reporting.

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow or move up if you have any career goals or ambition. Zero communication between departments. Poor management. Sales does not sell. Company continues to lose money.

    Advice to Management

    Better management and leadership. Step up the game. Learn to boost morale and create a better work and team environment.


  5. "Creatively satisfying, but little benefits to support living in an urban environment"

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

    I worked at SF Newspaper Co. full-time

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to choose stories and topic areas of coverage. Strong embrace of social media in news, management encourages you to think outside the box to bring in new forms of digital reach.

    Cons

    Limited space available for what is written because of the tablet format. Stories are held or scrapped completely with little or no warning.

    Advice to Management

    Dont take your employees and their talents for granted. Could be a little more transparent, you are working with journalists after all - they ask questions for a living.


  6. "Buyer Beware"

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

    I have been working at SF Newspaper Co. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for junior sales reps interested in establishing themselves in SF Market

    Cons

    High Turn over, no support, high quota expectations, quality of the editorial is an embarrassment and upper management is beyond a huge mess. Lots of politics and favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Fix internal operations, communication and treat your employees better.