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Pros
  • the work life Balance is great as well (in 13 reviews)

  • Awesome co-workers, ton of opportunities to write and create content, fun work environment, lots of opportunities to pitch stories to editors (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The business model is broken, and has been broken for many years (in 5 reviews)

  • it's struggling to find a way to be successful in a dying industry (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Ad Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good location downtown, cheap parking, some fun coworkers. You can walk to starbucks and whole foods and the park.

    Cons

    Underpaid, cheap commission structure, bad management, major office politics, too many reps and not enough business, old world business thinking

    Advice to Management

    Shut down the whole operation and start completely over. The newspaper industry needs to be revolutionized to be at all relevant today and someone needs to pioneer the revolution or it's going to die a slow and embarrassing death.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Incompetent, ignorant and idiotic"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Display Advertising in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Display Advertising in Issaquah, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None...oh WAIT!...unless you don't want "management" to notice that you come in to work at 10 AM... three days a week,,. and don't bother to work two days a week, or more. That goes for employees AND management. What a gig!

    Cons

    Not dying...dead. Utter incompetence in management. They hire any warm body who dares to darken the dungeon door of a dying beast. Ignorant drunks who show up at 10 am for "work", check out two hours later to golf, ridicule and demean competent employees because they are so threatened by them, drive away any employee with an I.Q. over 10, and then wonder why revenue is down. Probably the most crippled, incompetent company in Seattle.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Work/Life Balance is a big 5 because management is so ridiculously stupid that some (pampered) sales people don't come in to work for DAYS, and "management" looks the other way, because they are doing the same thing! Works for them. Yahoo!! But EVERYONE gets punished for their affairs and hangovers. Looking for revenue? Try waking up to what is really going on. Duh!!

    Seattle Times Response

    Feb 2, 2015 – Director of Employee Relations

    Thank you for taking time to share your perspective. Needless to say, your description of the environment at The Seattle Times is inconsistent with our philosophy, efforts, and commitment toward a ... More


  3. Helpful (2)

    "How much longer?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hopefully they will be remembered fondly in the future.

    Cons

    It's been heartbreaking to see the company fall apart over the last several years. The Seattle Times once stood for something and was a company you could be proud to work at, sadly that has changed rather dramatically in the last 3+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Time to implement your exit strategy.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Low morale, even lower pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people--met a lot of great friends and enjoyed working with most people
    The work (when we had it)--lots of variety
    The location--up and coming SLU

    Cons

    Terrible conditions. The company was always telling people how terrible they were doing. I worked there for almost 5 years and never heard a positive word. It was depressing. There is a union that a lot professional jobs fall within--it creates an odd dynamic--the union workers vs. the management. It's not comfortable at all. I'd never work anywhere that has a union again.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to get rid of the union. It really creates a lot of animosity that is unnecessary. Plus the union does nothing except take money from people who need it! Figure out how to be positive in a depressing industry.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Lacking knowledgeable leaders"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    conveniently located, dedicated to quality journalism.

    Cons

    The executive team is out of touch with current marketplace with regards to sales. They rested on circulation and national advertisers for so long that when the advertising well dried up to other, more proven advertising options...they chose not to react and instead stayed the course on the sinking ship.

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone that actually has successfully led a sales force...(outside of print)


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A Company at War With Itself"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is divided by the Newsroom managed by the Writers Guild Union and a hodgepodge of adrift employees organized under what was once called the New Media Department. The Newsroom is by far the best part of the company. It has somehow managed to stay professional, independent and excited despite the economic realities of the industry.

    Cons

    The New Media department was a short lived experiment. Its incompetence in management and the war Frank Blethen continues to wage with the Newsroom Unions has left the future of the Seattle Times in doubt. What is left is a group of nepotistic appointees by Frank Blethen and a few middle management directors struggling to remain relevant within the company.

    Advice to Management

    As the company sells of the remaining assets to stay afloat it needs to double down on its online strategy. In the past the Newsroom has had to use strikes to correct the mismanagement of the Blethen family. They may need to do that again order to gain control of the online strategy and hire a *single* general manager to advance that strategy.


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