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Updated June 7, 2017
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Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank A. Blethen
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Pros
  • There was a great work/life balance, fair compensation and lots of opportunity for growth (in 14 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
  • Newspaper industry is on the decline, perks are few (but very appreciated (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice location now that Amazon has spiffed up the neighborhood.

    Cons

    Chaotic upper management. Probably a symptom of how tough the newspaper business is.

    Advice to Management

    Find a good Managing Publisher to let Mr. Blethen retire in peace.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "No Innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Don't have the attitude to do what it takes to win in today's economy.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Last one out, turn the lights off..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great, but fairly demoralized. This used to be a great company, but those days are long gone.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what is going on. Employees are just a number (and an expense). The location couldn't be worse (dead center of all the construction and traffic).

    Advice to Management

    It's too late, management has been told but doesn't listen.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of really smart people who really care about keeping quality journalism and news publishing alive

    Cons

    WAY too slow to react to market, always want to build from scratch with too few resources, too little money and no real expertise (won't pay for it). Leadership is isolated, surrounded by yes-men, begs employees to remain loyal and gives nothing in return; needs to turnover to someone other than family members

    Advice to Management

    Say thanks once in a while


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocre Employer With No Reference Policy"

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

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Downtown Seattle location, health and wellness plan has a small monetary benefit to help you stay fit, a small transit subsidy is available. Work/life balance is okay.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Very high turn-over rate. Morale is low, as you would expect in a print media company that is struggling to retain revenue and remain relevant. Lots of gossip talk, especially from managers, some who speak badly of your workplace peers right to your face, just like high school and not a mature office setting. This makes it difficult to build a trusting relationship with some low/mid-level managers. Workforce is slowly shrinking due to revenue constraints. It's not a stable career environment as they are slow to adapt to the digital world, and aren't rolling out effective solutions to keep up with other digital media outlets. This company does not allow managers to provide references for previous employees, not even long term employees. Don't waste your time working too hard, as you won't be rewarded with a good reference for your hard work when you leave the company. This company performs exit interviews, however, they clearly don't care what employees think, or they would ask your opinion before you terminate your employment with them. Overall, not a progressive company.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to succeed in the digital age. What is currently being done is not working. Work on appropriate conduct for mid-level managers. Managers should not gossip about those who report to them to those reports peers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Culture Needs Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Competitive base salary, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Morale is low, digital products lag behind the rest of the market, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    The culture needs a facelift, lots of negative talk from the day I started


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Limited Opportunities - Move up or move out fast"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Advertising Department in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales and Advertising Department in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Medical and 401k benefits are okay, not great but definitely acceptable. Generous vacation policy. the digital advertising environment can be exciting at times with many changes going on in the media and advertising industry. This job can provide a good foundation of knowledge to carry with you to a new career.

    Cons

    The pay is very low compared to industry standards. Limited potential for advancement to a position with more responsibilities , and nearly impossible to increase earning power through merit based raises. I watched nearly a dozen peers and managers be laid off as the company shrinks it's footprint. Managers are often placed overseeing an area in which they have no prior knowledge or relevant skills, making it difficult for them to provide effective coaching or to oversee more knowledgeable employees in their area. You will most likely be asked to train both your manger, and your peers, and will not be compensated with additional wages for the added responsibilities. The company is losing revenue as news subscriptions stay flat or decrease in number. This company is slow to evolve in the digital world, and struggles to keep up with competing local and national newspapers. Upper management is very disconnected from the general population at the company. General Moral is so-so. Most employees under 30 are looking to move elsewhere outside the company after they gain some skills to take with them. Turnover in the digital advertising area is very high, the team is almost completely different people from 2 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that have knowledge of the area they are managing, and not just people with great management skills. It's difficult to be managed by someone that doesn't understand all aspects of the jobs that report under them. Work on retention of people under 30 or your company won't have a future. Be more flexible with scheduling and allow more remote work from home options. Work on increasing pay. This company is in a high cost area, and the wages do not match the cost of living

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ad writer"

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

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, relaxed environment, not a ton of unreasonable deadlines.

    Cons

    Low pay, not many perks, few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Doing a lot of things right.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Respected news media organization, lots of smart and wonderful colleagues.

    Cons

    Ongoing struggles to increase revenue, lack of job security.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good digital training to use as a stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good introduction to digital sales, good sales training for a junior rep or a rep new to digital sales. Opportunity to meet local clients and agencies.

    Cons

    No career path or development so once you have your experience it's time to move on. The money isn't great and no opportunity to make more. The digital offerings are basic and they are the last place in town to offer anything new or leading edge.

    Advice to Management

    Give sales people an opportunity to build a career and grow if you want to be more than a revolving door for digital sales people.


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