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Seattle Times Reviews

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. "Former intern"

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

    I worked at Seattle Times as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers, ton of opportunities to write and create content, fun work environment, lots of opportunities to pitch stories to editors.

    Cons

    No major cons. In general, had a very positive experience as an intern. They treat interns like staff and provide many opportunities for growth. Wish they had jobs at end of internship to stay in the newsroom!


  2. "Wonderful internship experience at The Seattle Times"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Writer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Seattle Times (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlike many internships offered to college students, this internship was paid, highly structured, and meant to truly offer the student an educational experience.

    Cons

    The only con is that the internship is only three months! I would love to have stayed even longer.

    Advice to Management

    None!

  3. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager/Marketing Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager/Marketing Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, direction, atmosphere

    Cons

    lack of advanced training

    Advice to Management

    Training, and better relations with employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is an outstanding company! Large enough to offer plenty of options but still maintains the family owned feel. This company is dedicated to providing the best service and information to all if their customers.

    Cons

    There is always the perception that the print is dying. Being involved in this organization proves there is a very bright future ahead in the print and digital space!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  5. "Great environment, influential company"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Seattle Times really makes a difference in the community through their journalism. You feel like you are an important part of the process-- helping the news get delivered to the doors of loyal subscribers.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is changing, and the evolution of the industry is causing diminished staffing to handle the execution and delivery of the print product.


  6. "Continuous improvement and a great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has been reinvigorated with new mid and senior level management, new technology & digital products, an emphasis on excellence, and a drive to be the best. The integrity of the paper and the news team in unmatched.

    I've worked at great companies and horrible companies, and I honestly rank this one as one of the best. The people, atmosphere, culture, work-life balance, and initiatives really make this an enjoyable place to be. I have only been here for under 1 year, and have heard stories about the way things "used to be". I can't speak to that, all I can reference is what is going on now - which is great!

    Cons

    The parking lot was sold and parking at some point in the future will be, interesting. While not really a con because it is good, the 401(k) match could be a little more.

    Advice to Management

    The only advice that comes to mind is - have some company-wide social events. Holiday party, summer BBQ, etc.


  7. "Editor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Editor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Prestige, demanding, lots of resources

    Cons

    not a good creative environment, a lot of projects are not collaborative unless it's Seahawks-related or something the paper makes money with.

    Advice to Management

    Think they should be on the ground more, think they don't have a true grasp of how their team works.

  8. "like the indepence and responsibilty"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Paper Carrier/Cusomer Service in Kent, WA
    Current Contractor - Paper Carrier/Cusomer Service in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Times as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work hours are pt mostley

    Cons

    have to work 7 days a week

    Advice to Management

    sometimes it would be nice to have a day off


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seattle Times has an excellent work-life balance and great opportunities for career growth. Very friendly co-workers and work environment, a family-oriented culture. It's an exciting time as we re-invent ourselves in the news industry, and there are many opportunities for doing new and exciting things. Managers give you freedom to work on things that can make an impact and creativity is encouraged. From what I've experienced there's a very cooperative and non-hierarchical work environment.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything negative


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The Seattle Times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Freelance Writer in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Freelance Writer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Times as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Seattle Times has evolved with the changing news industry from the time I was hired as a news clerk 20 years ago to now. They are the news organization of record for the Pacific Northwest.

    Cons

    My experience thus far has been positive.

    Advice to Management

    The more challenging the economy the more difficult and critical it is to cover the underrepresented.


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