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The Charlotte Observer Reviews

Updated Sep 19, 2019

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26 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Media Powerhouse"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Charlotte Observer full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Charlotte Observer has been known as a traditional print media company, but no longer. I was so impressed with the digital offerings of this world-class organization that I had to join them!

    Cons

    The days go by too fast!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work on developing the team!

    The Charlotte Observer2017-12-09
  2. "Carrier"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Charlotte Observer

    Pros

    Good money short hours s

    Cons

    No breaks use your own car no company insurance nothing

    Advice to Management

    Money hungry

    The Charlotte Observer2019-09-19
  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Charlotte Observer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people in the newsroom are great to work with. The work itself is interesting and different every day. Managers are supportive and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is struggling. As is the case at most papers, the Observer’s staff has been shrinking for years due to layoffs, retirements and normal attrition. The workload can be overwhelming at times.

    The Charlotte Observer2019-04-17
  4. "Getting tough to work here"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Charlotte Observer full-time

    Pros

    Great people who try to do the best journalism possible

    Cons

    Constant job cuts and pay freezes

    Advice to Management

    Push back against McClatchy management

    The Charlotte Observer2019-02-25
  5. "Truly failing"

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

    I worked at The Charlotte Observer full-time

    Pros

    Creative people who believe in what they do.

    Cons

    The company is struggling (as are all print publications), changing strategies every few months. Cutting every perk, slashing staff in all depts.

    Advice to Management

    None.

    The Charlotte Observer2018-09-28
  6. "Newsroom"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Charlotte Observer part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful people, friendly, fun, family like

    Cons

    Journalist pay with high turnover.

    The Charlotte Observer2018-02-28
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Downsize, undercut, pile up"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Charlotte Observer part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people who do that actual work are pretty awesome.

    Cons

    Management has a tendency to shun change, take credit for ideas of subordinates, and thinks it's perfectly fine to pile more work on less people to make the bottom line look good for their noses. Expect furloughs and wage freezes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to suck up to upper management and take care of your people.

    The Charlotte Observer2018-02-02
  8. "Culture of Fear & Bullying"

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    Former Employee - Advertising 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at The Charlotte Observer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Talented sales people and support staff. Flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Culture of bullying and fear

    Advice to Management

    The Observer used to be an amazing place to work. Today, however, it is a different story. if you enjoy working in a culture of fear where people routinely throw each other under the bus for fear or losing their job, management bullies staff by threats and entrapment and where the tension is so palpable even strangers visiting the advertising floor can sense it...then this is the place for you. Word of advice........There are way too many digital sales advertising opportunities to waste your time here. Life is way too short to regularly feel diminished while receiving less than standard compensation.

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    The Charlotte Observer2017-12-12
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Advertising- Sales"

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

    I worked at The Charlotte Observer full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Nice office in Uptown. There is literally nothing else good about this company. Run, run very fast in the other direction.

    Cons

    -Horrific upper management. Totally clueless. They just push impossible goals on you that are complete nonsense then do nothing to help you achieve these ridiculous sales quotas. -Micromanaged -Outdated equipment, CRM, and products. -Poor commission structure. -No upward mobility. -Unfortunately I did not feel that the other employees were welcoming to new people. Everyone is so worried about their own job they... have no time for anything else. -Newspaper industry is a sinking ship. -IT department was outsourced to India. Have fun with that. -Just look at The Charlotte Observer reviews on Yelp. Enough said.

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    Advice to Management

    -Change everything. -Bring in new younger people that know how to sell technology based products and know what direction to take the company in. ...or don't. Not sure the ship can get turned around in any circumstance.

    The Charlotte Observer2017-06-01
  10. Helpful (2)

    "it was alright..."

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    Anonymous in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Charlotte Observer for less than a year

    Pros

    nice people good hours nice office

    Cons

    did not like my manager at all

    Advice to Management

    don't be 2 faced

    The Charlotte Observer2017-04-08
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