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Updated June 7, 2017
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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. Helpful (4)

    "Incompetent, ignorant and idiotic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Display Advertising in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Display Advertising in Issaquah, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None...oh WAIT!...unless you don't want "management" to notice that you come in to work at 10 AM... three days a week,,. and don't bother to work two days a week, or more. That goes for employees AND management. What a gig!

    Cons

    Not dying...dead. Utter incompetence in management. They hire any warm body who dares to darken the dungeon door of a dying beast. Ignorant drunks who show up at 10 am for "work", check out two hours later to golf, ridicule and demean competent employees because they are so threatened by them, drive away any employee with an I.Q. over 10, and then wonder why revenue is down. Probably the most crippled, incompetent company in Seattle.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Work/Life Balance is a big 5 because management is so ridiculously stupid that some (pampered) sales people don't come in to work for DAYS, and "management" looks the other way, because they are doing the same thing! Works for them. Yahoo!! But EVERYONE gets punished for their affairs and hangovers. Looking for revenue? Try waking up to what is really going on. Duh!!

    Seattle Times Response

    Feb 2, 2015 – Director of Employee Relations

    Thank you for taking time to share your perspective. Needless to say, your description of the environment at The Seattle Times is inconsistent with our philosophy, efforts, and commitment toward a ... More


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Suffers from too much consensus, can't get things done"

    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

    Pros

    Community mission is good. Lots of positive talented people work there. Great location. Excellent work / life balance. Can get some decent experience if you're in the right role and empowered.You can feel good about the work you're doing.

    Cons

    Because everything is by consensus or decision making is misplaced (IT makes business decisions without consulting departments affected, sales so focused on making monthly goals and have final say in decisions that affect long term viability--which is at conflict, etc.) everything takes 10 times longer than it should. Everyone thinks they can do everyone else's job, so lots of second guessing decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Value people's expertise--they could get paid well, but choose to work for the mission. So don't walk past the UX expert to get the editor to make UX decisions. Get ops involved in decisions that affect ops' work. Be sure to ask all business units for their needs in a project before launching the project. Set business goals for projects and base decisions on those. Get level of efforts on development work and build timelines on that, instead of pulling dates out of a hat.

  3. 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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to grow your career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Advertising Operations in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Digital Advertising Operations in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome people, strong company culture, always new projects and ways to expand your experience and vidibility within the company if you're looking to do so. The Advertising Operations team has some awesome managers.

    Cons

    Newspaper industry is on the decline, perks are few (but very appreciated.) The recent sell of the once Times-owned parking lot means parking is no longer better than anywhere else in the city (but no worse either).

    Advice to Management

    You have some really talented, imaginative and devoted young professionals among your employees--leverage their enthusiasm, intelligence, and knowledge of what is happening in news media and the digital advertising space. I promise they won't disappoint you. Also, the union is bringing you down--cut them loose as soon as you can.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    paid well, good people, interesting business

    Cons

    industry is dying, profits are down


  6. Helpful (2)

    "stagnant company provides a stepping stone."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Digital Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    this is a super tolerant company, with a strong mission that's easy to get behind. As an ad sales rep, it's possible to make good money particularly on the digital team.

    Cons

    forward thinking, they are not. this is an old, sluggish company with outdated model of doing things. They have tired to pivot multiple times over the last decade, and have suffered with under performing sales team (that is largely union) and a mixed bag of managers. The old newspaper heyday has passed and the STC hasn't quite figured out how to survive in a competitive environment.

    Advice to Management

    keep the good, and get rid of the bad! Bad middle management that remains in place will disenchant the workforce. hire good people, and trust them to do their jobs. no body likes a middle manager.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Limited Chance for Advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Seattle Times makes a difference in the community, impacting people's lives across the region, and that gives many employees a strong sense of pride in their work.

    Cons

    Regardless of countless consulting engagements, the company seems unwilling or unable to make large, necessary changes. As the consultant mentioned, there should be shifts, but management seems unwilling to cut low performers that have been in the ranks for decades. They offer noncompetitive salaries that attract misfits.

    Advice to Management

    Be smarter with cost-cutting. Get rid of non-performers rather than freezing all employees' pay. Recognize the skills of internal candidates and move them up.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good first gig"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere, innovative approach to news, Pulitzer Prize winner, fast-paced newsroom, digital focus, market powerhouse, great coworkers, decent pay, local news leader, and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, poor work-life balance, uncertain future of the company with a declining legacy product, hours can be very bad, Seattle is a saturated news market, pay is not great, union shop


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great paper, not so great employer"

    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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a great daily newspaper and an excellent product

    Cons

    The business model is broken, and has been broken for many years. Little feedback is requested or considered from current employees and support staff, and recent management decisions have left little confidence in the paper's future.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your support staff instead of eliminating them and hiring management teams with no plans.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "This company has a great mission and a great challenge to continue it's mission with the growing change in how readers"

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    1. Great journalistic and community mission
    2. Great challenge in the face of technology and it's impact on the traditional printed product.

    Cons

    1. Affecting change in a fast changing business environment

    Advice to Management

    Urgency


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