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  1. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    It depends on which department you're in, but I met some of the best people working at the Sun-Times. There are employees remaining who believe in the value of journalism and bring their A-game to the Sun-Times every day. Working with those people makes it worth it.

    Cons

    Salary was low, as you'd expect at a struggling media company. Leadership was disconnected from the employees and the company's goals were as clear as mud (unless "stay open" counts as a goal).


  2. "Nothing good to report"

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    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of people in the newsroom

    Cons

    Management could not seem to find their way through the changing tide of print media. Pay is low. Opportunity is low.

  3. "Sinking ship."

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

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

    Pros

    Years ago, they had a great story in the market and the company treated you well.

    Cons

    Company is dealing wiht the curretn realities of the newspaper market. Not enough revenue on the digital side to sustain its self, massive revenue loss on the print side

    Advice to Management

    Diversify into another industry.


  4. "Not worth reviewing"

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun-Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people in the trenches. Those who are left, anyway.

    Cons

    Management. The company has long suffered from inept leadership and, before that, unethical and dishonest leadership.

    Advice to Management

    You've laid off enough ;people in the past five years and have failed to find a solution. I'd suggest that mayne it's time to give it up, but I still have friends working there.


  5. "Good, Bad and Ugly"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sun-Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, downtown location and 401K

    Cons

    Rate card was for show only, always had to sell below rate card and even then it was still overpriced because the numbers in print and online were minimal at best. Upper mgmt had no clue how to run the business. It was and still is a tax shelter for them!

    Advice to Management

    They do not listen and do not care, so advice is of no interest to them!


  6. "Very pleasant and educational"

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    Former Employee - Customer Survey Representative in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Survey Representative in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sun-Times full-time

    Pros

    The staff and hours of operation were great.

    Cons

    The assignment didn't last long.

    Advice to Management

    Give longer Staffing Agencies Assignment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It is a shame"

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

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

    Pros

    It is hard to come up with one right now, but there are people who actually care and want to make this place successful again. Just not convinced it is leadership.

    Cons

    Too many family/friends being hired. Too top heavy. Too much credit being taken for other people's work. Leadership too afraid to really come up & stick their neck out on the line by putting an idea out there. Everyone is operating out of fear of losing their job. The business will never move forward like that.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the nepotism and hiring friends. Release the current leadership. The inflated salaries and the addition of these vp titles is not what is going to move this business forward. Recognize the people who are really doing the work and those who are just taking credit for it.

  8. "Great Entry Level"

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    Current Employee - Acoount Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Acoount Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun-Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Pay Structure: community outreach.

    Cons

    Nothing really, sometimes the goals are hard to reach--but if you work hard you will hit them!

    Advice to Management

    More motivation would be great! Have more events.


  9. "Great people, unclear mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The big name recognition is great. It can help you move from entry level to mid level if you use it the right way.

    Cons

    Honestly the company mission seems unclear to me and it seems like the different departments don't work together to make the company better. Everyone is nice for sure but the bottom line would be better served by a little conflict to encourage growth and honesty.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Leaky Boat Floundering at Sea but the Captain is More Worried about his Palm Tree"

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    Former Employee - Information Technologies Systems Support in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Information Technologies Systems Support in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Anything you wanted to learn was available if you wanted it. Peers were helpful and committed to seeing a paper get out every day, no matter the hurdles. If you helped get passed the problem, peers and end users were appreciative and complimentary. Never a dull day.

    Cons

    Long hours with little or no recompense. Very little in the way of recognition of effort and personal sacrifice from higher management. Pay increases and or promotion only to the selected few. Labor reductions only to the bottom of the ladder; very little labor reductions at the top of ladder. Corporate structure is management heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Come see what is really happening in the front line trenches. Your generals aren't providing you with the actual information you should have to be making the decisions that have been made. Companies can't be run by looking at the spreadsheet only. Improve your product rather than reduce labor force to stay profitable. Return to local news where Sun-Times made it mark.


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