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San Jose Mercury News Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2019

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3.2
35%
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48%
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7 Ratings
  1. "Internship"

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    Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at San Jose Mercury News for less than a year

    Pros

    Super friendly people willing to go out of their way to help you learn

    Cons

    I heard repeatedly that the paper isn't what it used to be due to cutbacks. But as an intern, still a great experience.

    San Jose Mercury News2017-03-04
  2. "Great stepping stone at Mercury"

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    Former Employee - Retention Sales in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San Jose Mercury News part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic and invaluable professional experience with inspiring people

    Cons

    Career upward mobility/Company's future prospects are dismal

    San Jose Mercury News2019-06-19
  3. "Sinking ship in a digital world?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at San Jose Mercury News full-time

    Pros

    Nice and friendly people who care about journalism.

    Cons

    Layoffs, low morale and high turnover. Management seemed disorganized and pay raises were rare.

    Advice to Management

    Redesign website and app. Experiment with other ways to tell stories. Focus on local content and less aggregation.

    San Jose Mercury News2018-07-17
  4. "Acct Executive"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San Jose Mercury News full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    busy place but I made a lot of money.

    Cons

    Management seemed disorganized and put a lot of pressure on sales

    Advice to Management

    Allow us to sell at a pace that is productive, working smarter not harder.

    San Jose Mercury News2017-10-29
  5. "Production was closed in San Jose"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San Jose Mercury News full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    They closed their production in San Jose

    Advice to Management

    none

    San Jose Mercury News2017-01-25
  6. "Back in the day"

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose Mercury News full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Was there through the 80s (good times) and 90s-00s (less so). Was in Marketing, belonged to Newspaper Guild. Better benefits than most; great coworkers; company you could brag about. Sigh.

    Cons

    The Merc and the entire industry are no longer what they were, so this is essentially an old guy rant.

    San Jose Mercury News2016-05-18
  7. "Good Newspaper to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Sports Writer/Agate Clerk in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose Mercury News part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Tough but fair supervisor; guidance to help you improve your skills; editors and reporters are generally friendly and willing to show you the ropes.

    Cons

    Struggling financially -- just announced layoffs.

    San Jose Mercury News2016-05-10
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unfortunate that papers are going out of business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at San Jose Mercury News full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth, pretty good management,

    Cons

    Women paid less than men for same job.

    Advice to Management

    Change your business model from print to online only and make it the only VERIFIED source of information on the web.

    San Jose Mercury News2016-03-26
  9. "Old School trying to adjust"

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    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at San Jose Mercury News full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great sales training for those seeking to work with retail clients. Flexible for outside sales reps. Good place to start learning about online advertising

    Cons

    It used to be a place where you could earn a great commission plus salary. The spiffs were great. Year end prizes like 60" LCD's etc. Now, they try to keep the sales reps happy with a $10 Starbucks card. Maybe that motivates a young millennial, but not a seriously skilled professional.

    Advice to Management

    Do better?

    San Jose Mercury News2015-12-01
  10. "Intern at San Jose Mercury"

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    Contributing Columnist in Austin, TX

    I worked at San Jose Mercury News for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Made amazing new friends, learned a lot about my writing style and how to improve it

    Cons

    Commute was hard as a high school student from South Bay to drive all the way to Oakland during rush hour

    San Jose Mercury News2015-09-24
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