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  1. "It was a really good learning experience."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at South Bend Tribune part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management is great,all people persons.

    Cons

    Some employees could use at least 30 minute lunch break.

    Advice to Management

    Promotions and raises when company can and should.


  2. "Packaging"

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    Current Employee - Hopper Loader in South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Hopper Loader in South Bend, IN

    I have been working at South Bend Tribune part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You put ads into a machine called a hopper. It is good exercise and you work your muscles by bending, lifting, and turning. Co-workers are friendly most of the time.

    Cons

    Short breaks but you get paid for the breaks so that is a pro of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind when talking to the employees if they are making a mistake on the hopper. Yelling at them doesn't help.


  3. "Eh."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in South Bend, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at South Bend Tribune part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are always fun and keep things lighthearted. Will teach you extreme patience and get your foot in the door to better Customer Service jobs.

    Cons

    Company has way more on their plate than they have employees. They have all these huge plans because the paper medium has run it's course, but they pay their employees basically nothing for having to deal with all of their garbage. I always felt awful for the subscribers because it seemed like they never got their paper, so I understood why they were so upset all the time. All of the equipment is from, I'm pretty sure, about 1990. They swore up and down all the time, "We'll be getting new stuff and a new system and everything will be so much easier and better for you guys." I was there for a year and never saw any of it, it made the job so much harder than it had to be.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe pay people a living wage and they won't be screwing up deliveries so much, you should try it. A $20 gift card isn't a bonus either, that's why I've said there are no bonuses.


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  5. ""People" people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packaging Assistant in South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Packaging Assistant in South Bend, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at South Bend Tribune part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    free newspaper delivered 7 days a week

    Cons

    few full time positions available


  6. "Employees were good to work with, but declining newspaper industry caused a lot of cutbacks."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager in South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - District Manager in South Bend, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at South Bend Tribune full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The employees I worked with was great.

    Cons

    Owners reduced benefits and pay across the board and started eliminating jobs. Plus, they cutback severly on all expenses making it hard to run the offices. They continually preached 'doing more with less' while they continued to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits.


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    "Severe decline in job security and pay."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Free newspaper...oh, boy!
    It used to be a great place to work until the management changed and the decline in newspaper readership.

    Cons

    Hours are not consistent with family life.
    No raises in 5 years.
    5% pay-cut.
    Benefits reduced.
    No one with experience in management positions.
    Laying off the best employees due to higher salaries.
    Culture of part-time employees to save on benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Even though the newspaper industry is in decline you can't get rid of your best employees to save a few pennies for the higher ups. Management has no vision to get things moving again.


  8. "Newspaper lost touch with employees and community"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many good talented people work there, good benefits and decent salary for area but not for job done. Attempts in-house until past year to do fun things along with necessary to keep moral up. Used to be preiminent source of local news in area and well-respected. Hard-working staff needs better treatment and rewards from management. Many, but not all, supervisors are caring. Excellent sports crew and photographers and ad sales folks. Good communications and ability to work together among departments.

    Cons

    Too much office politics and selection done by favorites and pets for plum assignments. Beat system has been destroyed by bad management resulting in loss of ablity to adequately cover what's going on in community. No longer respected in community. People chosen for layoffs (never had before) were among hardest workers and very knowlegeable with years of experience. Sacrified news staff to detriment of paper in trouble economic times without spreading it around entire staff. Incompetent leadership from top down especially in newsroom where many in charge have no clue. Incompetence or unethical behavior rewarded with promotions. Too much dead weight allowed to remain on staff while other forced out in buyout or layoff. Become an embarassment with stories by sister TV station regularly printed because staff is down so much. Several hard workers in their 20s left in last six months to get out of the place. Exellence and hard work not even mentioned. Too much emphasis on contexts!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of peole who really aren't doing work and have no clue on how to run the place and bring back writers those who know community. Keep being open about situation with company but don't wait until the last minute to try to do something and then when you do, it destroys peoples' lives. Reward folks more than just on top for well done jobs.


  9. "Great people, tough times gives South Bend Tribune mixed review."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Dedicated professionalism of employees, good interdepartmental communication and knowledge sharing, senior management communicates company economics in a straightforward fashion, there are no real surprises. Annual reviews offer a fair method of evaluating performance.

    Cons

    Professional staff are overloaded with too much work, which results in more wire stories and less local news in a local newspaper. Hiring practices include increasing number or part-time professionals who will receive no benefits and little to no opportunity for advancement: no vacation means rapid burnout. No sick days results in spread of disease. There is no system of recognition or rewards for a consistent job well-done except for sales staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating with your company-wide meetings. We deeply appreciate the candor. Find ways to acknowledge those of us who consistently do outstanding work. Department heads can help you with that by sharing info from annual reviews. A formal "thank you" in a meeting of our peers would go a long ways toward employee loyalty in these difficult economic times.


  10. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    trusted with many story assignments, stories got published

    Cons

    may not be a ton of flexibility to write for different sections


  11. "Retail advertising"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at South Bend Tribune full-time

    Pros

    The other salespeople are great and the HR department was wonderful.

    Cons

    The advertising department is full of incompetent management.


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