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  1. "Corporate & Circulation Director"

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    Former Employee - Circulation Director in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Circulation Director in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been there for 30 + years. Made quite a few friends there. Good people. Great news city.

    Cons

    Average compensation and average benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people well. They will either make you successful or create a disaster.


  2. "Programming"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Stephens Media Group full-time

    Pros

    It's a job. That's all I can say. It's a job. Better than nothing.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and no advancement. You work hard only to get no chance of betterment.

    Advice to Management

    Lying does not help. We have discussions on what is needed to build the brands to only get lied to. Very frustrating.

  3. "Typical Newspaper Group"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Collins, IA
    Former Employee - IT Director in Collins, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stephens Media Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, flexible hours and the employees are all super helpful to eachother.

    Cons

    Corporate control over individual newspapers, lack of control provided to individual newspaper publishers and editors. It's the newspaper industry, it's dying.

    Advice to Management

    Give more control to publishers so they can focus on hyperlocal, which seems to be where the money is.


  4. "My experience has been great."

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Van Alstyne, TX
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Van Alstyne, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stephens Media Group part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The staff I work with are very knowledgeable and are always ready to give a helping hand.

    Cons

    Dealing with unsatisfied customers on phone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  5. "A heart-wrenching, soul-destroying cesspool of money-hungry vultures."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Um, let me think... there have to be some, I am sure... Oh! I know! Plenty of parking and free newspapers.

    Cons

    See title, Plus... new management are a bunch of middle-aged white Republican men with an incestuous need to hire more middle-aged white Republicans.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring more about your employees,


  6. "Terrible Upper Management"

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

    Pros

    The staff worked hard to keep these community newspapers afloat but were not supported by home office or upper management

    Cons

    Higher-ups drove company paid automobiles and took the company plane to St Louis Cardinal games, sitting in the expensive boxes, while letting sales and support staff go because of lack of money.

    Advice to Management

    You've already destroyed the community newspapers as they were - please try and realize how important the medium is to small and rural Arkansas towns.


  7. "Horribly Managed Company"

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    Former Employee - Digital in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Digital in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stephens Media Group full-time

    Pros

    The pay was decent compared to similar companies in the same area. There were some good perks with tickets to events.

    Cons

    They allow people who have no knowledge and are only looking out for themselves to make decisions about the direction of the company. They fire good people who want to make the company successful and allow certain people to remain in positions of authority who have a history of lies and manipulation.

    Advice to Management

    You should reconsider the people you're including in your leadership. There are individuals on your leadership team who are bullies and make themselves look better by degrading others. The verbal abuse by these people will eventually end up costing you not only financially but also by (additional) loss of great talent.

  8. "The fish rots from the head on down"

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

    I worked at Stephens Media Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some great people at the newspapers in the trenches.

    Cons

    Most managers only cares about themselves and keeping their jobs instead of the product or their employees. So much wasted money, too many 'yes-men' in management. Company hates unions with a passion and will spare no expense to keep them out or down.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a backbone you invertebrates.


  9. "Worst management team of all time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedules, holiday pay, working for sheep is easy but nothing ever got done. Little to no supervision.

    Cons

    No management, no direction, terrible leadership, drag the paper business into digital was a huge mistake.


  10. "Heading in the wrong direction"

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    Former Employee - Director in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Director in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stephens Media Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people in the trenches, decent benefits. Good city to work in, with lots of potential. Strong history of being a community leader.

    Cons

    Management scrambling. Cannot handle disruption. Weak editorially, as they have cleaned house by eliminating senior positions with local knowledge. Too many soft stories and sacred cows. Losing credibility and respect across the community. No longer a leader, but an unimportant and insignificant media outlet. Out-of-town ownership is detrimental to the enterprise, as owners are not media savvy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Embrace today's reality. This is the 21st century, and profit margins aren't like they were in the hey days.


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