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The Houston Chronicle Reviews

Updated September 9, 2017
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Pros
  • I enjoyed my time at the Chronicle, there were lots of good people there (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people, great companies, good times (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is sinking that ship to the bottom of the ocean and taking everyone along with them (in 10 reviews)

  • Low pay, no raises, only promises (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Best place I've worked at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Houston Chronicle full-time

    Pros

    Courteous staff, no head games from management, fun environment

    Cons

    Lack of raises, but company is more stable than other newspaper chains


  2. "Data Strategist"

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

    Pros

    Savvy work environment, intelligent employees

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and not enough indians

  3. "No room to grow or stability"

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

    I have been working at The Houston Chronicle full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours. If you need to leave earlier or work from home.

    Cons

    Low pay, no raises, only promises. Upper management changes a lot.


  4. "Ad Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Houston Chronicle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company and the pay is good

    Cons

    If you are going to Southwest Houston beware of the traffic.


  5. "Probably better working in a different area from customer service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Houston Chronicle full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, nice coworkers, um, that's about it

    Cons

    Hours, management, basically not allowed to take bathroom breaks unless it's within your allotted "break time" or else you would mess up your day's timing to get paid out on that

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. Get more managers like Angie.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Corrupt Top Heavy Sinking Ship"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Houston Chronicle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The flexibility and the people

    Cons

    Upper management is sinking that ship to the bottom of the ocean and taking everyone along with them. They are over paid and under qualified. They play favorites and reward those who play their game rather than who work the hardest and bring in the most money. Constantly changing bonus structures and screwing good sales people out of their rightfully earned commission. Continuously letting their top producers walk out the door over pride and the business has walked right out along with them. They do not pay on new business or pay well on digital which is the future of the company if there even is a future. They want to hire the bottom of the barrel employees that will dial and smile and are ok with making a modest amount of money each year while just sitting at their desk.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your loyal, hard employees with respect and pay them what they are deserved. Greed and ignorance will be your ultimate demise.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Low pay no promotions"

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

    I worked at The Houston Chronicle full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good work environment.
    Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Low pay.
    No promotions
    No update training

    Advice to Management

    What can you advice to a company that is sink?

  8. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Houston Chronicle full-time

    Pros

    One of the biggest newspapers in the nation

    Cons

    They can't pay well so a lot of good employees have left.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service Manager"

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

    I worked at The Houston Chronicle full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Foosball Table Access

    Cons

    Toxic working environment.
    Very disorganized, chaotic and deceptive.
    We were encouraged to be aggressive both inside and outside the office.
    Unrealistic performance expectations.
    No practices in place.
    Nepotism and brown nosing ran rampant.
    High turnovers resulted in a constant loss of momentum, knowledge and basic workplace morale.
    Shoddy equipment and software.

    Advice to Management

    Please take a leadership and an ethics class. Also, the entire building might benefit from a reset. Morale is very low and I didn't meet one person who wasn't looking for another job.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Runaway"

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

    I have been working at The Houston Chronicle full-time

    Pros

    Earn a great deal of experience

    Cons

    It is really pure chaos. People lack training.

    Advice to Management

    Do better!


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