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  1. "Newspaper companies are in a tough spot as long as they stay newspaper companies"

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun-Times Media Holdings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and tons of opportunity for career growth because so much change was happening all at once.

    Cons

    too much change happening all at once.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the people in management are capable and meeting goals.


  2. "Constant fear of lay offs, horrible pay and no job growth."

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sun-Times Media Holdings full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee, free cereal, free fruit. Laid back atmosphere, casual dress, some people can work from home. Co-workers are nice. 1 week sick leave, up to 4 weeks of vacation. Medical, dental and vision insurance.

    Cons

    This company is a sinking ship and the owners don't know what they are doing. Constant lay offs, cutting costs/corners, poor salary, no raises, pay cuts. Outsources jobs to India & Phillipines to cut costs. Cramped work spaces/no privacy, you're packed in like sardines because they can't afford a larger work area while the CEO's have nice huge offices. Poor internal communication from management, you find out what is happening with the company online through Crain's Chicago Business first rather than your own employers. No room for job growth. CEO's just don't seem to care for their employees.

  3. "Dying industry"

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    Current Employee - Copy Editor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Copy Editor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun-Times Media Holdings full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A lot of freedom, interesting work and culture

    Cons

    A lot of changes, little time to react, many layoffs.


  4. "Wouldn't recommend it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun-Times Media Holdings full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are nice. There's free coffee. The insurance and benefits are great.

    Cons

    No raise in the 6+ years employed there


  5. "Newspaper Gone Wild!!!"

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    Current Employee - Newspaper Advertising Layout in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Newspaper Advertising Layout in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun-Times Media Holdings full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working next to great & professional people.

    Cons

    Worked 40+ years for them & they laid me off to outsource my job.

    Advice to Management

    Don't run this wonderful place of employment to the ground.


  6. "disappointed"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sun-Times Media Holdings full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice employees. People who want to be proud of where they work. Potential is there.

    Cons

    Upper Management. So much change that upper management is operating out of fear for their own positions vs what is best for the company. They have the wrong people in critical roles. It is the definition of insanity- doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Many of the upper management are old school newspaper guys and do not have innovative visions. If they did the company wouldn't be where it is now. Close door policy. Despite executives saying they want transparency do not dare go around your manager. Again, upper management is too worried about keeping their own positions and operate out of fear. This doesn't foster an environment for growth. Thought with the Wrapports buy out that change would happen. That we would become more innovative. To date we are still doing the same old things with very little progress. So far culture is just as bad and mainly because wrong upper management in place with the combination of too many chiefs and not enough indians...

    Advice to Management

    Get the right people on the bus. Weed out the upper management. Get in the weeds. You have great people (middle management/reps) with great ideas. Don't stunt your own growth. If you want ideas create an environment where they can flow. Try and eliminate fear.


  7. "Goals change often and no reinforcement from management. integrity is"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many products to sell and the branding is solid for some of the papers. Great place to start a career and get some solid experience. Some of the managers are supportive and some, sadly are worthless. There is flexibility with a sales position with this company and you can move from one paper to another even within the same territory.

    Cons

    There is a 'boys club' amongst some of the managers which makes working with them near impossible. Don't expect to get anywhere if you work for one of them. The management changes the goals frequently to support their dying brands.

    Advice to Management

    Support your sales people. Allow them to show some integrity in selling as the company used to push the integrity selling philosophy...what happened to that...seems to have gone by the wayside in these trying times.

  8. "You Can make some good Cash but who reads papers in this day?"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great pay!
    Local managers really try and help!

    Cons

    The CEO's are so removed from "real life" Marketing is a joke.
    Local managers are hanging on by a thread. The company is completely run by a bunch of Industry (Tribune) rejects!

    Advice to Management

    Get your butt on the streat and try and sell something yourself for a few weeks.


  9. "OK place to work but too much uncertainty"

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Naperville, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Decent investment in technology relative to other newspapers. Large network of papers helps to improve breadth of coverage.

    Cons

    Too much uncertainty with the future and continued layoffs lead to decreased moral. Staff reductions severely reducing the quality of news coverage.

    Advice to Management

    In general, newspapers need to stop cutting and focusing on creating quality journalism if they want to keep customers and employees.


  10. "A sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Enjoyed working with fellow staff
    - Starting pay was better than most

    Cons

    - No raises, no reviews, no opportunity for growth
    - No communication from management, no direction from Chicago
    - Frequent and plentiful layoffs to trim more and more each quarter
    - Unfair balance of work load, some employees are severely incompetent while others pick up slack for them
    - Very poor employee moral

    Advice to Management

    Let people in on the plan and have goals that are more than just "stay alive." It seems that the leadership techniques are the result of throwing darts at a board. There are many talented people working for STM, but they're so overloaded with work and then asked to do more that their creativity and talent cannot flourish.


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