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The Columbus Dispatch Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  1. "Columbus Dispatch IT Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Dispatch is a small family owned newspaper that was recently acquired by a largish media company. The small town vibe still remains as the new parent company has a "hands off" approach. The people are friendly, loyal and knowledgeable in their fields. It's a good place to touch a lot of diverse technology in a short amount of time if you are so inclined.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is contracting rapidly and the new owners are not as committed to the same robust technological design as the previous. The IT team is tasked with a major simplification of the systems and architecture. Although not necessarily a bad thing, this cast the future in an uncertain light.

    Advice to Management

    Take a broader view of design in order to streamline processes.
    Use the available resources. Gatehouse is still a new/small company, you could learn a thing or two from The Dispatch team.


  2. "For the first 5 1/2 years, awesome! When Gatehouse took over, pure hell."

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Executive in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Executive in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hard to come up with something. Free drinking water, free toilets, free air, free lies told to employees, the realization that whatever is signed means nothing to management.

    Cons

    Management that is clueless, do well and you are penalized by them raising your goals. They seem to want salespeople not to make much money.

    Advice to Management

    Better get used to not having good employees

  3. "Grasping"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Resources available to staff was good.

    Cons

    Sales teams were required to sell TOO MANY products and services. The teams were stretched too thin.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of products and focus on the products that will sustain growth and development.


  4. "Multi Media Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Multi Media Account Executive in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Multi Media Account Executive in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    free parking, computer, some schedule flexibility

    Cons

    No base salary, draw against commission. Unattainable goals

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the revenue producers


  5. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work with lots of enthusiastic people

    Cons

    No complaints to list that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add


  6. "hr manager"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    awesome, great people, benefits, salary and job opportunities, highly recommend

    Cons

    My postion as HR manager for 10TV was eliminated effective Oct. 16, 2016 due to the sale of the Columbus Dispatch newspapers to Gatehouse Media

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. "Good company, struggling industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch full-time

    Pros

    Owned for many years by the Wolfe family, The Columbus Dispatch has been a great place to work. Friendly atmosphere, great people, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Recent purchase by Gatehouse Media has required numerous layoffs and downsizing. While fighting a good battle with increased focus on digital sales, a downward trend remains evident due to industry and competition.

    Advice to Management

    Increase understanding of and relationships with customers, a greater sales function and take more ownership of results, not just number crunching.

  8. "Home delivery District Manager"

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - District Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Columbus Dispatch (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits with generous PTO.

    Cons

    Management is lost touch with the field.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the workers and remember they are the backbone of why you are what you are today.


  9. "Review of the Dispatch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch full-time

    Pros

    The people at the Dispatch are wonderful to work with. The people are friendly yet professional and we produce top-notch journalism.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the recent sale of the company to GateHouse Media will not help the product journalistically. Jobs are already being outsourced.

    Advice to Management

    Keep jobs here.


  10. "I'm really gonna miss this place"

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    Current Employee - News Artist in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - News Artist in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Columbus Dispatch (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great bunch of people to work with. The newsroom folks are a professional, dedicated bunch who manage the neat trick of being easygoing in a newsroom environment. I have really enjoyed my time at the Dispatch.

    Cons

    It's a newspaper, which is problem enough these days. Also, they were recently sold to a chain that owns a slew of much smaller papers. Everybody on the visual side who isn't photo staff (including yours truly) will be let go mid-January, with all design work done from the chain's headquarters 1,200 miles away. That should be very interesting ...


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