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Seattle Times Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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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. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Get good experience, working on a lot of different kinds of stories.

    Cons

    Recently had to cut the budget and more than a dozen people accepted buyouts.

    Advice to Management

    Retain young talent - they are the ones who can work quickly and across all platforms.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

    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
    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.


  3. "Advertising"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    ***


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  5. "Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "not bad"

    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
    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


  7. "Reporter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  8. "Family oriented"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Culture Needs Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Limited Opportunities - Move up or move out fast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good journalism, needs more work in digital"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate News Producer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate News Producer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Prestige. Good investigative journalism. 10 Pulitzers. Plenty of space to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Reluctance to fully embrace digital journalism. Slow to evolve. Lack of diversity.



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