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SouthComm Communications Reviews

Updated November 10, 2017
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  1. "Good not Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SouthComm Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, friendly environment with lots of events to attend and participate in.

    Cons

    Low salaries, few advancement opportunities, and the management will pile on work without compensating for it.


  2. "Good local company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SouthComm Communications full-time

    Pros

    Flexible - good home work balance.

    Cons

    Minimal option for career growth.

  3. "Decent place to work overall depending on department"

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

    I worked at SouthComm Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good people in small town environment - WI office

    Cons

    At least one of the directors is very difficult to work with.


  4. "Work/Life Balance Will Come With Major Compromises"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Atkinson, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Atkinson, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SouthComm Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Knowledgeable and talented people.
    - Flexibility of hours, vacation
    - Sandbox environment
    - Excellent career starter

    Cons

    - Incompetent leadership
    - No advancement opportunities
    - Pay well below industry standards for area
    - Little to no cash flow
    - Poor equipment (though IT does what they can)

    Advice to Management

    - Pay your employees better
    - Acknowledge success
    - Get better equipment
    - Retain good employees


  5. "Just another publishing company hanging on for dear life."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Fort Atkinson, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Fort Atkinson, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SouthComm Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and opportunity to work from home depending on who your supervisor is. Employees who have worked for SouthComm since its Cygnus Publishing days, are the backbone of the company and very knowledgeable, nice people.

    Cons

    Expect a siloed work environment, extremely understaffed departments, shallow budgets and below-average salary compensation. Having sold the majority of their top performing magazines just to stay afloat, and doing some creative bookkeeping to balance the budget and continue to make payroll makes many tenured employees uneasy about the future of the company. Invoices submitted to the accounting department go for MONTHS without getting paid, making it very difficult to maintain good relationships with vendors which in turn makes it hard to retain advertising dollars and keep qualified subscribers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue running the company as you would. It's yours to do with as you see fit.


  6. "All about the bottom line, not clients or employees"

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    Former Employee - Advertising in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Advertising in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SouthComm Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great publication and local staff in Kansas City and fun environment.

    Cons

    Primary objective from corporate was to cut costs regardless of effect on productivity or efficiency.


  7. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Fort Atkinson, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Fort Atkinson, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SouthComm Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun group of people. Very flexible.

    Cons

    no room to advance in the company

  8. "Fun environment, not great financially"

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

    I worked at SouthComm Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great coworkers
    - Relaxed environment
    - A good way to meet and work with members of the community through your work
    - Fun events
    - A good job for a young person just out of college.

    Cons

    Unwilling to give raises despite increases in workload, doesn't pay gas mileage, not great pay to start with either.

    Advice to Management

    Give raises, even a cost of living raise, and if you're unwilling to do that provide some extra benefits to thank your employees for their award winning hard work.


  9. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A fun work environment and office.

    Cons

    Low salaries and limited growth opportunities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work after acquisition, but need more support staff"

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    Current Employee - Editor
    Current Employee - Editor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SouthComm Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Autonomy
    -Great PTO package (over 20 days off per year, but doesn't roll over)
    -Exceptional content management system, but does come with some frustrations because built in-house

    Cons

    -Some difficulty with shared services and support staff. Great to work with, but can be difficult to organize projects due to availability and staff shortages
    -Severe lack of marketing department and direction for publications. Must heavily rely on editorial and sales staff to initiate many marketing projects

    Advice to Management

    Provide a more corporate culture to engage your employees.
    Hire a more substantial HR department that can provide assistance with hiring and employee relations
    Hire more support staff - including digital team, graphics and marketing


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