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Updated November 13, 2017
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Seattle Times Publisher and CEO Frank A. Blethen
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)

  • Upper management is very disconnected from the general population at the company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good People but Skewed Company Goals"

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

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    The employees are hard working with a good team atmosphere and the management want to do what's best for their employees.

    Cons

    The Seattle Times is quick to throw bandaids on their lack of technical advancement and this causes them a lot of stress and money. Instead of vetting and bench marking solutions that could make them competitive in the news market they quickly throw on a technical solution that is not flexible to their growing and changing business needs.


  2. "Customer service / sales"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good group employees. Good team.

    Cons

    Management needs changes. They seem to move from delta a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Mgmt has some challenges

  3. "Okay place to work"

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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

    Great coworkers. I like working for a trusted news company

    Cons

    Company is shrinking. Some of the technology is very out of date


  4. "Not a bad place"

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    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.


  5. 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.


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    The Times' local ownership is deeply committed to the mission of providing outstanding journalism. As an employee, I always felt valued and a part of something that mattered. There was a great work/life balance, fair compensation and lots of opportunity for growth. The company is filled with really smart and kind-hearted people. Many work at The Times for decades or leave only to return later. That says a lot.

    Cons

    If you choose to work at The Times, be ready for lots of changes. The newspaper industry is a tough one and only those who have the right skill sets, aptitude for change and willingness to consistently contribute at a high level will succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Proudly and consistently remind the community of the relevance of high-qualify, timely and accurate journalism.


  7. 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

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. "Loader"

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    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


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