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Updated March 25, 2017
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Gloria G. Fletcher
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Pros
  • Seattle Weekly is an iconic brand - great people, who take pride in their work and SW's reflection of the Seattle community (in 3 reviews)

  • Of all the people who work at the Whidbey News Group, the Creative group is definitely the most laid back and fun (but progressive) group to work with (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • As with all print journalism professions, long hours, low pay (in 7 reviews)

  • The pay is terrible, the benefits are too expensive, you're given a lot of work, no upward mobility and the business model is stuck in 1996 (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Creative Artist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Artist in Coupeville, WA
    Former Employee - Creative Artist in Coupeville, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sound Publishing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Of all the people who work at the Whidbey News Group, the Creative group is definitely the most laid back and fun (but progressive) group to work with. Very fast-paced environment, but they train you, start you with a few responsibilities, then ease you into more once you're comfortable with it. Again, loooved the group of people and how close we became there. Michele Wolfenspaarger (Creative Lead) is a hard worker and a very sweet woman. Jen Miller is very fun and always keeps things interesting.

    Cons

    -The Sales Representatives you converse with on a daily basis are hard to understand.
    -The advertisements you will create mostly consist of quick, 20-minute designs that aren't quite worthy of adding to your portfolio to show off to future employers.

    Advice to Management

    If possible, make the relationship between the Sales Reps and Creative/Circulation more collaborative and less hostile. It's difficult to create advertisements with Sales Reps constantly at your throat and IO's with typos and unclear instructions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Warning..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Aberdeen, WA
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Aberdeen, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sound Publishing (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you like second-rate news and advertising this is the place for you!!
    If you like to be under-valued this is the place for you!!
    If stale cookies from HR makes you all warm and fuzzy this is the place for you!!
    If you want your commissions to be manipulated to the lowest sliding pay scale this is the place for you!!
    If treatment from management is oppressive, this is the place for you!!

    Cons

    :) How much time do you have, it may be easier to say it is a con.

    Advice to Management

    My advice will not be enlisted, nor will yours.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible - do not work here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sound Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Seattle Weekly is an iconic brand - great people, who take pride in their work and SW's reflection of the Seattle community. Amazing writers and editors!!! For two years and under a new publisher, the SW was able to shine again and everyone noticed - from readers, to advertisers to civic leaders. Readership grew by almost 40% under the new publisher in 2016.

    Cons

    Everyone noticed the positive changes at Seattle Weekly - except the president of Sound Publishing. It was decided SW should be run just like one of their other "community" papers, so why have a publisher? What a blow. Morale is at an all time low. She has no idea the damage that has been done by exiting the leader who turned this ship around.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the Seattle Weekly to a reputable organization or get out of the way and let it shine. Be proud that it is a part of the Sound portfolio! Treat your employees like human beings and not disposable parts of a machine.


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Angeles, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Angeles, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to continue a career in newspapers. Opportunity for advancement becoming more clear and likely thanks to major changes in management. Fun people to work with.

    Cons

    Some changes in management are still needed. Directions on projects not always clear, leading to miscommunication between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Work aggressively on workflow issues and stick to a plan.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Bellevue, WA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sound Publishing (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers that are in the same boat as you.

    Cons

    Sound does not value employees, expected to work under crazy stress for a couple bucks more then minimum wage. Wish I had more then 20 words

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees,offer a positive work environment, pay workers what they are worth


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Might be a better work environment than Walmart"

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sound Publishing (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well, at least I have a job.

    Cons

    Low pay. High grief. Draconian management style. No corporate values unless you consider greed a good thing. the only folks who prosper are long time friends of the Black family. This is not the place for millennials.

    Advice to Management

    Read all the reviews posted to Glassdoor and don't get defensive. Make changes quickly. Community news can do good in the community and still be profitable.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sound Family"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Washington in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Washington in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sound Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits of a large company, with the feel of small. Friendly employees. Everyone pitches in from the President to the temp employee.

    Cons

    The newspaper business is tough. Being deadline driven may call for working weekends/holidays.

    Advice to Management

    The company is often held captive by poor employee performance and attitudes. This is a result of week mid-management. I wish the company would invest in better mid-management.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Stuck in the 90's!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sound Publishing (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Community focus, hyper-local content, good place to start a media sales or journalism career

    Cons

    The executive management focuses on expense reduction rather than solid growth strategies. Running the business as if it still 1996! CEO from parent company has son in place as Publisher of Daily with little to no experience in how to run such an organization, so instead of trusting anyone to do their job he just micromanages everything. No progressive ideas or strategies!

    Advice to Management

    Quit acting like you know everything - you don't! Listen to your staff , they have great ideas to share. Hire an executive management team that actually leads rather than micromanages.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "The worst company I have ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sound Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The office was in Pioneer Square in Seattle and they paid for parking at the Century Link garage which made going to sporting events easy. They do not pay for parking anymore.

    The office is above a great sandwich spot

    Cons

    Management is clueless. The National Sales team poaches and steals accounts from the employees at each paper. HR and Payroll do everything they can to NOT PAY you money owed.

    The HR team starts the annual health benefits meeting with "We offer you the bare minimum that is required by law"

    The products they put out are literally garbage. The "newspapers" they publish are just envelopes for the tons of junk-ads that would otherwise litter your mailbox in a direct-mailer.

    There are too many cons to list

    Advice to Management

    Stop stealing from your employees


  11. Helpful (3)

    "The Daily Herald IS a great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sound Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Respected source of news & information in Snohomish County. Strong ties to the community and lots of marketing/advertising solutions for local businesses. Company values new ideas and strives to be relevant. Employees enjoy working together.

    Cons

    Hard, accurate work and dedication is expected - as it should be - but at times, not fully rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Make work fun & rewarding and good people will stick around and do good work.


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