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Updated October 12, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Revolving C-level door"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Wonderful internship experience at The Seattle Times"

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    • 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. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of really smart people who really care about keeping quality journalism and news publishing alive

    Cons

    WAY too slow to react to market, always want to build from scratch with too few resources, too little money and no real expertise (won't pay for it). Leadership is isolated, surrounded by yes-men, begs employees to remain loyal and gives nothing in return; needs to turnover to someone other than family members

    Advice to Management

    Say thanks once in a while


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

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    • 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
    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocre Employer With No Reference Policy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Downtown Seattle location, health and wellness plan has a small monetary benefit to help you stay fit, a small transit subsidy is available. Work/life balance is okay.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Very high turn-over rate. Morale is low, as you would expect in a print media company that is struggling to retain revenue and remain relevant. Lots of gossip talk, especially from managers, some who speak badly of your workplace peers right to your face, just like high school and not a mature office setting. This makes it difficult to build a trusting relationship with some low/mid-level managers. Workforce is slowly shrinking due to revenue constraints. It's not a stable career environment as they are slow to adapt to the digital world, and aren't rolling out effective solutions to keep up with other digital media outlets. This company does not allow managers to provide references for previous employees, not even long term employees. Don't waste your time working too hard, as you won't be rewarded with a good reference for your hard work when you leave the company. This company performs exit interviews, however, they clearly don't care what employees think, or they would ask your opinion before you terminate your employment with them. Overall, not a progressive company.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to succeed in the digital age. What is currently being done is not working. Work on appropriate conduct for mid-level managers. Managers should not gossip about those who report to them to those reports peers.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

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    • 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.


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