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Updated September 22, 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)

  • Great people to work with, often didn't work full shift (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. "Not a bad place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Great people, normal working hours, family owned. Environment in not cut throat but also leads to a stagnant culture.

    Cons

    Company is struggling to make digital transition. Staff is extremely underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Try and hold on to your VP's longer.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Everything is going digital"

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    Former Employee - Single Copy Driver/Warehouse Clerk in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Single Copy Driver/Warehouse Clerk in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Union job and good benefits

    Cons

    Business is slowing down since everything is going digital

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Revolving C-level door"

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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

    Pros

    Cliche... but the people. Many employees have been there a long time and are always willing to train and help new employees without asking. That says a lot.

    Cons

    Decisions are being made about departments at the VP and above levels by people who don't know enough about the department to make the decision about it. The company is struggling financially so bad that all they look at is how much can they save by doing something. Not what is best for the company long term. It is all short sighted business planning.

    Advice to Management

    See cons.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "I think I can, I think I can..."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    great care and concern for employees and work life balance - the only place I've worked where more than half my peers have 10+ years tenure

    Cons

    a little late to the digital train though trying mightily to get on board - with growing pains. not enough care and concern coming into the digital age - put $ where mouth is and build it right with the right folks behind the technology

    Advice to Management

    Be strategic and pay for effective implementation on internal and external tools and platforms - I'd love to see the success over the next 10 years


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Writer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Writer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Times (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, 9-5, good name company

    Cons

    stuffy climate, everyone who has been there longer than a year is always gone


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Work Life Balance is Good, But There are Issues"

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

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

    Pros

    The pros are the work/life balance, there is something new to read everyday, and there are a lot of really creative people to work with.

    Cons

    The company really doesn't have any strategic direction. The whole industry is in free fall and the amount of in-fighting and blaming that goes on doesn't help anyone. The entire business model is broken, yet people spend more time trying to screw over other departments than doing their actual jobs.

    Advice to Management

    They really just need to focus on being a digital media company and get rid of everything else. Lots of dead weight at the company that does very little to generate revenue.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly regarding publication - at the time. There was a good support staff to help the sales reps be more productive. Innovation was valued at the time.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover. Bleak revenue at the time so the decisions were made to disband the advertising sections.

    Advice to Management

    The decisions eroded the marketplace value of the products. What was left didn't impress the readers.

  8. "Advertising"

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

    Pros

    Colleagues, company recognition, perks, fast paced work environment, generally a good measure of independence out in the field.

    Cons

    Lots of changes in management & expectation to sell new products not fully tested, overlap in reps calling on the same prospect or account, paying for parking, (while discounted, still came out of your check).

    Advice to Management

    ***


  9. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, manageable deadlines. Open floor. Downtown nice to work in. Free transit pass. If you had a window seat than the view is pretty good.

    Cons

    There seemed to be an uncomfortable tension between the unions. Also when needing to make changes a large ship is hard to change course.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the ad team equal to the news team. Do things to make the atmosphere feel more like a tech company and less like an old newspaper and it might be easier to keep people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "not bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work-life balance and opportunities to try different jobs

    Cons

    it's struggling to find a way to be successful in a dying industry


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