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Updated March 26, 2017
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Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank A. Blethen
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Pros
  • the work life Balance is great as well (in 13 reviews)

  • Good people throughout the organization (in 6 reviews)

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

  • Industry is in trouble - publishing is declining (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Loader"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times part-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, often didn't work full shift

    Cons

    worked unstable hours and was forced to pick up the shifts no one wanted because of low seniority

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good journalism, uncertain future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    An excellent but demoralized newsroom staff is committed to good journalism. Outstanding photographers and history investigations. The paper has dogged independent ownership from a family - no corporate overlords.

    Cons

    No clear vision for surviving the uncertain economic future is a real drag on morale. Layoffs the last two years wiped out many jobs. Is the paper going to be around in 5 years? Maybe...

    Advice to Management

    Figure how to keep the paper afloat


  3. Helpful (3)

    "IT Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Independently owned private enterprise. Dedicated to serving the Seattle and King County community through accurate, unbiased journalism. Proud to have been part of a mission-based, community serving entity. The reason I joined in the first place.

    Cons

    Declining market for advertising revenue through print offerings. Main organizational structures in company need to be modified to continue being competitive in revenue generating activities and market offerings (packaging vs. content). Challenge is how to change those structures, and still preserve the structures that ensure independent journalism.

    Advice to Management

    Change the organizational structure to empower and resource a function in the organization with the mission of product innovation and revenue growth, in a way that doesn't compromise the independence of the news and editorial functions. Not an easy task, but still possible.


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  5. "Reporter"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News Reporter in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - News Reporter in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Often exciting work, good energy, good pay.

    Cons

    Shrinking budget and staff, lack of direction sometimes.


  6. "Family oriented"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love the fact that its family own business that really comes through in the day to day at the office.
    the work life Balance is great as well.

    Cons

    More Opportunity for training throughout the company.


  7. "seattle times"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Seattle Times as a contractor

    Pros

    Good hours, good pay, not very hard.

    Cons

    puts wear on your vehicle.


  8. "Good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Growth oriented company with good technology available. Very focused on employee training.
    Good people throughout the organization. I worked as an ad account exec.

    Cons

    The industry is changing dramatically and advertising is impacted by the economy.


  9. "Hard work, good learning experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times as an intern

    Pros

    Exciting newsroom atmosphere and good learning experience. For my job, I had to read the whole paper every day, so it was nice to always be caught up on what was going on.

    Cons

    I was working 20 hours a week as an unpaid intern doing a job that used to be a salaried, full-time position. Welcome to journalism!


  10. "Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good family Company and values

    Cons

    Industry is in trouble - publishing is declining


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Best place I ever worked"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Newsroom
    Former Employee - Newsroom
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Great newspaper and getting better despite industry downturn. Interested in reporters' ideas, a lot of talented editors, kind and smart and funny coworkers.

    Cons

    More of the Seattle chill than some workplaces, and not all the editors are brilliant -- but most are, and most are kind. The biggest negative, of course, is what's happening to the newspaper industry.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the people who aren't excellent. You're good enough to attract the best and can't afford to hold onto the rest.



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