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Shaw Media Reviews

Updated August 29, 2018
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  1. "Great Place to work!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dixon, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dixon, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shaw Media (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been hired twice with this organization, and both tours were fabulous.

    Cons

    None that I've known of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shaw Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location, Location, Location, Great CoWorkers

    Cons

    Lacking Salary, Commissions Not Paid correctly to employees.
    There are ALOT of Directors, VP's, Managers ...
     who are clueless about their team and have Very Very Poor Management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Keep running the place into the ground !

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place to work, baffling decisions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shaw Media full-time

    Pros

    Good co-workers and that's about it.

    Cons

    The company performs layoffs regularly, seemingly every quarter. No work-life balance. Low pay. Promises are made and never kept. It never seems like new positions are added. People are laid off regularly. Upper management bullies people into decisions. More work for less pay. Incredibly questionable decisions and statements are made by management.

    Advice to Management

    New upper management is needed across the board to make the company successful. But I think the company's reputation has been damaged enough that people just quit caring about the news they produce.


  4. "Growing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Charles, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Charles, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shaw Media full-time

    Pros

    Shaw Media is growing in Illinois, let's us do what we want to get the job done, focused on digital.

    Cons

    Can be tough with the newspaper industry in transition. High pressure to achieve revenue results.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your good employees!


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Greedy Shaw family ownership, treats employees poorly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crystal Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crystal Lake, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shaw Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You become close with your direct team mates, you are all in misery together.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay. After talking with a 20+ year employee, we found out we were making the same amount. The Shaw family only sees dollar signs and are arrogant and rude to the staff. No raises. Told the company was not doing well. Then layoffs, Then - HEY - we purchased another newspaper. Now less people to do more work. Rinse, lather, repeat. This happened MANY times. Then they laid off 90% of their design team and outsourced it. Sales quotas too far out of reach to make a living.
    Office desks and chairs were in really bad shape. Chair was broken. Old computers and software. Don't work here.

    Advice to Management

    It's such a sad, dark environment to work in. Even tho you can't control the family owned decisions, have respect for the people who are giving you their time trying to do a good job.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible company that doesn’t understand good journalism"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Crystal Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Reporter in Crystal Lake, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shaw Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None. The newspaper has changed a lot since 2016. Not only do they not care about their employees they also have no idea what they are doing. If you are looking for a job in journalism I would look elsewhere.

    Cons

    Low pay. The pay is sooo low you can only survive if you have a second job. Most employees are soo green and overworked they have no idea what they are doing. It’s embarrassing

    Advice to Management

    Print is dead


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible Upper Mgmt"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Crystal Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Crystal Lake, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shaw Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great co-workers. Lots of opportunity to interact with the communty. Insurance benefits were good.

    Cons

    Most managers use fear-tactics, bullying, and threats to produce results and make their numbers. Incredibly negative corporate culture. Members of Shaw family get away with terrible behavior. Lots of unpaid overtime required and low pay. Constant financial problems and layoffs. Reputation in the greater community has suffered because of mismanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Just shut down the company already and move on.

  8. "Great staff, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shaw Media full-time

    Pros

    Amazing journalists in a comfortable, professional environment

    Cons

    Financial issues with company, low wages


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Reporter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice office, manageable deadlines to meet

    Cons

    work on weekends, lots of demand, editors want clicks


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Constantly Laying People Off"

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    Former Employee - Reader Marketing Managee in Crystal Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Reader Marketing Managee in Crystal Lake, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shaw Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work hours were pretty consistent, offered benefits, enjoyed designing advertisements for local businesses and events, close to home, offers a chance to be involved with community events and festivals

    Cons

    Constantly laying people off, high turn over rate, limited room for advancement, older office building, tough audience to attract new business; People just don't read the newspaper anymore so it's super tough to get new subscribers, causing people to get let go constantly. If you get a job at Shaw, it won't last unfortunately.


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