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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 (1)

    "Good digital training to use as a stepping stone"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good introduction to digital sales, good sales training for a junior rep or a rep new to digital sales. Opportunity to meet local clients and agencies.

    Cons

    No career path or development so once you have your experience it's time to move on. The money isn't great and no opportunity to make more. The digital offerings are basic and they are the last place in town to offer anything new or leading edge.

    Advice to Management

    Give sales people an opportunity to build a career and grow if you want to be more than a revolving door for digital sales people.


  2. "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.

  3. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good family Company and values

    Cons

    Industry is in trouble - publishing is declining


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Ad Executive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Advertising 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

    Good location downtown, cheap parking, some fun coworkers. You can walk to starbucks and whole foods and the park.

    Cons

    Underpaid, cheap commission structure, bad management, major office politics, too many reps and not enough business, old world business thinking

    Advice to Management

    Shut down the whole operation and start completely over. The newspaper industry needs to be revolutionized to be at all relevant today and someone needs to pioneer the revolution or it's going to die a slow and embarrassing death.


  5. "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.


  6. "Editor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Incompetent, ignorant and idiotic"

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    • 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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Best place I ever worked"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Newsroom
    Former Employee - Newsroom
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time

    Pros

    Great newspaper and getting better despite industry downturn. Interested in reporters' ideas, a lot of talented editors, kind and smart and funny coworkers.

    Cons

    More of the Seattle chill than some workplaces, and not all the editors are brilliant -- but most are, and most are kind. The biggest negative, of course, is what's happening to the newspaper industry.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the people who aren't excellent. You're good enough to attract the best and can't afford to hold onto the rest.


  9. Helpful (6)

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

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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
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Truly values-based company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is an ethical journalism company that truly cares about serving the community. It's an honor to be part of a genuine mission-based company.

    Cons

    Leadership is fraught with dysfunction.


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