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The Hartford Courant Company Reviews

Updated Feb 9, 2018

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Andrew Julien
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  1. "Multimedia Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Hartford Courant has a long legacy of providing Connecticut residents with trending, indepth news to inform, educate public policy makers and entertain. All professionals there are deeply committed to the mission daily.

    Cons

    The company, as is the case with most news outlets, has suffered from shrinking staff levels and financial resources.

    Advice to Management

    Re-invest in this product; it plays a critical role in the state.

    The Hartford Courant Company2017-11-02
  2. "Could Definitely Use Some Work..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked with a great, small team in the marketing department. We were very close, and we stuck together through multiple rounds of lay-offs. We worked well together.

    Cons

    Budgets are next to nothing, and the tech is very antiquated. Now that the company has merged into TRONC, they have had major cuts in staff. The corporate structure is very rigid, and again, antiquated.

    The Hartford Courant Company2018-02-09

    The Hartford Courant Company Response

    February 28, 2018Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for the review. We appreciate you acknowledging the great work of your colleagues. Although we’ve faced challenges, our organization remains committed to creating a performance-based culture that engages and develops our employees, while driving operational results for the ...

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "This was the worst job I ever had"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None... They paid me, but I was young and bright, so if they would have stopped, it would have forced me to find another job, which is what I should have done sooner.

    Cons

    They kept me part-time so they didn't have to pay benefits. I had 2 titles in my second position and was paid only $2 above minimum wage until I finally quit. Management and upper management was tyrannical and abusive. They didn't give a damn about lower level workers. I remember it was so cold in the department, a few of us would bring in small space heaters, upper management would talk abusively about us to our...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop with the "It's our way or the highway" method of running the business. It's not the 1920's.

    The Hartford Courant Company2017-07-28

    The Hartford Courant Company Response

    August 8, 2017Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. Our management team believes all our employees at all levels in the organization are vitally important to our continuing success. To support that commitment, earlier this year we launched a new and improved approach to performance management companywide ...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "A Once Great Company Went Downhill Fast"

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

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company full-time

    Pros

    There were no pros at the time of my departure.

    Cons

    Management shows favoritism, there is no communication, they use scare tactics to "encourage" account executives to make goal, they micromanage you, they do not value their support staff, and they do not treat their employees well and that has caused them to lose many talented individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Management should work on how they encourage and train their employees, open the lines of communication, and give their hardworking employees a well-deserved raise. Stop treating employees as if they are disposable.

    The Hartford Courant Company2017-03-31
  5. "Evolving technology"

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

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people who work here are the company's best asset.

    Cons

    Mis-direction and competing goals from management cause lost revenue and opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your clients and the folks who do the work. Invest in news gathering.

    The Hartford Courant Company2017-01-10

    The Hartford Courant Company Response

    January 24, 2017Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for the feedback. Our management team recognizes that our employees are critical to our continuing success. We remain committed to maintaining the highest integrity of our award-winning journalism, while experimenting with technology to enhance our content offerings. We ...

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  6. "A strong content brand"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, insurance, 401k, etc. .

    Cons

    While The Courant puts out arguably some of the best content in the northeast, the advertising sales departments left a lot to be desired. Management had obvious favorites and there was never a level playing field, instead there were politics, cronyism and favoritism which led to low morale of some of the top sales producers.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out the management and get rid of the cronyism and favoritism which leads to low morale for employees that are not in the "inner circle" of friends with management.

    The Hartford Courant Company2016-12-26

    The Hartford Courant Company Response

    January 5, 2017Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We strive to create an environment where all employees can take pride in their work, engage in meaningful conversations with their colleagues, and, at the end of the day, feel a sense of fulfillment. We value your feedback and are committed to evaluating ...

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  7. "Initiatives always changing, but competitive work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Hartford Courant Company

    Pros

    Good opportunity to leverage commission

    Cons

    Company constantly changing, rules change like the wind

    The Hartford Courant Company2016-10-11
  8. "Good work, fading industry"

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    Former Employee - News in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It's a great group of people to work with. Smart and helpful. And gives you opportunity to pursue projects you feel passionate about.

    Cons

    Raises are non-existent. No job security. Extras and benefits get trimmed and reduced all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Value employees as the future to the business. They produce the things that draw the customers.

    The Hartford Courant Company2016-08-13
  9. Helpful (1)

    "There are worse places, but there are definitely better."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Hartford Courant Company for more than a year

    Pros

    For the most part the people in the advertising department are all great to work with. Most of the time it is laid back. There is a feeling that we are a team. This is a good place to get a start, and looks great on your resume. Great benefits

    Cons

    Lack of communication in print and digital. A lack of leadership which leads to disorganization, frustration, and disgruntlement. The lack of leadership leads to the lack of communication which then leads to sales reps not being able to manage client expectations. There are office favorites, some of which are due to personal relationships. The Courant allows themselves to be bullied by clients based on revenue. The...

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    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better, but be stricter at the same time. Realize that operations and support is just as important if not more important than sales. Sales cannot exist without operations, and great operations can help keep client relationships running smoothly for the sales rep. Bad operations can lose revenue as mistakes will upset clients. MANAGE CLIENT EXPECTATIONS: Flawless execution takes time, and this needs...

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    The Hartford Courant Company2016-06-13
  10. "The brand recognition can only get you so far..."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Hartford Courant Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    On the sales floor there is always going to be stress. It's sales.. if it were a breeze it wouldn't be sales. The team dynamic was strong when I was there. When management wouldn't step up to the plate or times were getting tough the team was there to try to boost moral. As long as you were doing your job there wasn't too much to complain about.

    Cons

    Scare tactics were there. Upper management would use them and it would trickle down like a domino effect. When you do not have a manager that is willing to listen to a team, take their concerns, and bring it to management.. what do you have? Walking into the office near the end of my stay was like walking through a graveyard.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and RESPECT them. Never make someone feel less than they are. Reward successes and use constructive criticism to help improve momentum.

    The Hartford Courant Company2016-06-14
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