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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 (3)

    "Would not recommend"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good, and they provide you with tools, ie, laptops, ipads, etc to do your job. Flexibility to work out of the office

    Cons

    Not a forward thinking company. Not a good place to work if you are an innovator or want to embrace the new digital age.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page with each other and cut dead weight.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Values-driven company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Seattle Times takes its commitment to journalistic ethics and community service very seriously. Every employee is encouraged to support those values. Peer collaboration is very strong. Employee benefits and work/life balance are good.

    Cons

    Wages in some positions are not competitive with the local market.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Print heavy needing to move to digital"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people in most work groups.

    Cons

    Their business model is based in the last century.

    Advice to Management

    Looked bad when you laid people off the same time you bought a new porche. But hey it is your money.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Strong name, but no room for career development or growth"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong and reputable name in the community makes for a somewhat easier sell. Excellent work life balance, and focus on training and staff improvement. Very diverse staff. Loyal and proud employees are common here.

    Cons

    micromanagement and slow process makes it near impossible to create new opportunities for clients, and products to expand our offerings. Company is losing money, and requires furlough for all members of the staff in addition to many cost saving efforts leave the sales team without resources that local competitors' provide. Pay is low for simliar sales positions in market.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Low morale, even lower pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people--met a lot of great friends and enjoyed working with most people
    The work (when we had it)--lots of variety
    The location--up and coming SLU

    Cons

    Terrible conditions. The company was always telling people how terrible they were doing. I worked there for almost 5 years and never heard a positive word. It was depressing. There is a union that a lot professional jobs fall within--it creates an odd dynamic--the union workers vs. the management. It's not comfortable at all. I'd never work anywhere that has a union again.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to get rid of the union. It really creates a lot of animosity that is unnecessary. Plus the union does nothing except take money from people who need it! Figure out how to be positive in a depressing industry.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Looks good on the resume, but not a place to grow in one's career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance - especially if you are an affiliated employee (part of the Newspaper Guild). Managers can be very fair and even inspiring, depending on the unit you are in.
    If you're upper-level management, pay and benefits are probably decent for the hours you put in.

    The company stands behind its journalistic mission and does not compromise on that. It is very well-respected for its ethical journalism covering local news and the economy, and for that reason employees are proud to stand behind the brand.

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments. Circulation, online operations, advertising and marketing operate largely in silos. Perhaps a big part of it comes from not wanting to disturb "comfort zones" by doing things differently or gaining exposed to new ideas. Process improvement suggestions are slow (if not impossible) to assimilate.

    Uncertain financial future for the newspaper industry and for the company overall means that few opportunities are created for associate or assistant-level employees to move up the ladder. This is also true for middle managers reaching director-level status.

    As of right now, there's a significant lack of competent, "get-it-done" leaders who have the people skills needed to motivate their teams in some of the units. This is de-motivating to say the least, and has led to significant turnover. Having a top-down approach to every aspect of the business also contributes to employee dissatisfaction.

    Digital news operations face an uncertain future... the landscape changes much faster than the company is able to keep up, largely because of deprioritization and "analysis paralysis."

    Advice to Management

    Be as forthcoming and transparent as possible about what is going on in the company - you'll gain the respect of your teams when you do.

    On innovation: Don't allow yourselves to be crippled by the thought of failure - a small investment can go a long way when it comes to digital business models, and you won't have far to fall if you do fail. Treat every experience as a learning opportunity. When in doubt, test and iterate...


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company hit by hard times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best places I have ever worked in terms of co-workers and overall company culture. Proud to come to work every day.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is job security due to the decline of the industry. Benefits are getting worse. Also, salary increases are almost non-existent due to financial pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to changing market conditions quicker and look to new technologies to boost business stability. The Seattle Times is still a great brand and a company that I continue to respect.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging at best, depressing at worst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good compensation and benefits.
    Great reputation as in industry leader in providing news and info to Seattle and western WA
    Good core groups of people who embrace the company's mission statement

    Cons

    Slow and even unwilling to accept change (processes, tools, etc) - "we've always done it this way"
    Print and Online depts have an "Us vs. Them" mentality with both sides entrenched in their processes, standards, etc.
    Company is chock full of employees with 15, 20, or more years of service who think tenure is more important than teamwork and create a horrible atmosphere and work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Assess each person on his/her specific merits and ability to do their job and eliminate not only the non-contributors but especially the cancers who subvert the work and contribution of others; those who feel it's their mission to contradict, argue, undercut, pushback, and play the political game.

    Given the many challenges and problems facing ST and that industry in general, everyone is either part of the problem or part of the solution - get rid of the former and empower the latter..

    Find ways to reward employees who truly do good work and who foster camaraderie and teamwork, especially give the prolonged absence of raises and monetary rewards/recognition.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great team but limited product horizons"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong marketing research support; very creative design team and promotions team. Lots of smart people that want to do a good job. The online products were great until they pulled some of the entertainment coverage

    Cons

    Difficulty innovating new products and approaches that extend beyond the core media of print products; shrinking resources that impact coverage, especially in entertainment

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to try new things and fail.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Talented passionate people work here, but it is difficult for new people to acclimate"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people that work at the times are very passionate about serving the public and bringing issues to light that the public should be aware of.

    Cons

    They don't promote information/education sharing among co-workers to grow the teams collective knowledge base. It is also difficult for new people to become part of the work community since most people have worked here for many years.

    Advice to Management

    It is time to embrace new ideas and merge them with the traditional approach you've taken. If we don't change we will become extinct.


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