San Jose Mercury News Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2019

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7 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Internship

    Mar 4, 2017 - Intern in San Jose, CA
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    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.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great stepping stone at Mercury

    Jun 19, 2019 - Retention Sales in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    Fantastic and invaluable professional experience with inspiring people

    Cons

    Career upward mobility/Company's future prospects are dismal

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  3. 4.0
    Former Employee

    In my early years, people who worked with the San Jose Mercury News were proud to speak out about their employer.

    Aug 5, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    The San Jose Mercury News was a well thought of representative of the Silicon Valley community. When you mentioned that you were employed there, people smiled, nodded and said they loved the paper and how much of a help it was to them.

    Cons

    As with the newspaper industry as a whole, the emergence of the internet meant a decline in paid circulation and readership. People felt sorry for you if you worked there.

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Potential for advancement but organization so large you sometimes get lost in it and can't make an impact

    Jul 22, 2010 - Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    Large company with potential for advancement, fair compensation, good benefits

    Cons

    Budget cuts due to challenges in the publishing industry and economy overall, change in ownership, short-term thinking to make bottom-line profit without thinking about long-term future

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee

    It was good for a while--NOT ANYMORE!

    Jun 2, 2010 - Business Reporter in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    It used to be a paper with ambitions and you could move to other beats. I loved my colleagues, many of whom became really good friends. Now all of my friends have left of course, after so many layoffs.

    Cons

    I no longer work there but from what I hear, it's a sausage factory. The staff is so thin these days, especially in the business department. Used to be one of the best business reporting around. Reporters who are there still crank out good stuff, but there's lots of cranking it out and feeding teh best.

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  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    It was among the top 10 newspapers when I started and ended as one of the worst, horrible management style now.

    Jul 19, 2012 - Photographer in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    In the 1980s - 1990s, The San Jose Mercury News did a lot of international coverage. The Mercury News was first newspaper to establish a Vietnam Bureau, and first to build a newspaper website.

    Cons

    Management treated editorial staff poorly. Salaries did not keep up with inflation. The union was powerless, in many instances, to defend their members from accusations of poor performance. If you get a job there get in, get good, and get out.

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    One of the Best Sports Sections in the Coutry

    Aug 17, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the editors in the sports section. Their attention to detail and the time they spent with me was impressively over the top.

    Cons

    There were no full-time positions available, and I was told there might never be another opening.

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  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Back in the day

    May 18, 2016 - Copywriter in San Jose, CA
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    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.

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  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Employee Experience Quality Declined After Company Was Acquired by Media News Group.

    May 25, 2014 - Account Executive in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    The Mercury offered the best bonus plan and training during the Knight Ridder ownership. Knight Ridder made the employees feel appreciated and they took pride in their work.

    Cons

    Media News Group was constantly reducing cost without considering the impact on quality of the product. They eliminated award winning writers and their best advertising people to reduce cost. It was difficult to watch the loss of these key people who had been there for years.

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Unfortunate that papers are going out of business

    Mar 25, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    Lots of room for growth, pretty good management,

    Cons

    Women paid less than men for same job.

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