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  1. "Awesome enegry"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Castle, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Castle, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The News Journal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible place to work. The entire team is focused on Digital Growth. The digital product line provided by the parent company is second to none. Top notch PPC, targeting, mobile, etc. Nothing like providing the very best in class to clients and then seeing their success as a result. Incredible support team as well.

    Cons

    Cafeteria not that great but Wawa right next door

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The company definitely has a new vibe.


  2. "Antagonistic management mindset threatens overall quality, undermines employee loyalty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Best place to stand out in a Delaware journalism profession; fairly decent pay; newsroom staffers are generally enthusiastic, talented (but it's on the decline as the best people jump ship). Delaware is also a pleasant, affordable place to live and raise a family.

    Cons

    Complete disdain for fostering job satisfaction and employee morale permeates every corner, every top management position, seemingly by design. Generally incompetent top leadership routinely misses chances to enhance customer satisfaction; blatantly rewards sycophants and mishandles crucial HR issues; perilously ignores the core producers' aspirations and potential contributions, while focusing instead on pushing for accomplishments that will serve to burnish their own star.

    Advice to Management

    Read a contemporary manual on commonly accepted management techniques -- lead by example; recognize earnest endeavor; think of the reader rather than yourselves or your career status; realize that leadership is something more than just saying, "Make it happen," while conveniently ignoring HOW your staff can make it happen, or WHY they should care about making it happen for someone who cares not a whit for you.


  3. "Short."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Reporter in Wilmington, DE

    Pros

    It's the only game in town. That is, it's by far the largest media outlet in the state. The pay is good -- if you get a good deal coming in the door. Start at a good level and you can advance.

    Cons

    Pitifully small annual raises, if you even get one. Health insurance premiums are high and increase every year, and for longtime employees, the old defined-benefits pension plan has been frozen. New hires are not enrolled in the pension plan at all, but the 401-K match has been increased for all.

    Advice to Management

    Quit giving away our product! Find a way to make online pay, or go the way of the dinosaur.


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  5. "Great Place to get Experience....and then move on to make more money"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Video Editor in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Lead Video Editor in Wilmington, DE

    Pros

    Great place to start out....especially in Online. They give you a lot of responsibility and a lot of work so you learn how to juggle a lot.

    Cons

    i worked my butt off and was given many awards and the best review my supervisor had ever given any one. Unfortunately, when it came time for a raise, it was less than 36 cents per hour!
    My salary was based on a 35 hour work week, but I usually worked 45 without a lunch because we had so much work to do. everyone there was stressed out in every department (mostly in the news room) and there was a high turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the people who are the hard workers and do something about the compainers that whine too much and make other people's jobs that much harder.


  6. "Great colleagues; rough corporate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The News Journal full-time

    Pros

    You work beside some of the best people in the news industry. The reporters, editors, photographers, and videographers are top notch. Being the paper of record also means your access to sources and ability to cover neat stories is great.

    Cons

    Corporate was a serious drag. The newspaper industry is very tough and layoffs were frequent. Moving to design centers hurt, IMHO, the process.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus local. You have a lot of talent in that newsroom and it is imperative that you do everything you can to keep that talent.


  7. "Trying but hamstrung by Gannett"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The News Journal as an intern

    Pros

    There were a lot of good people there before the layoffs that occurred during my internship, axing many, including the very person who hired me for the internship.

    Cons

    Gannett is a limiting parent company, with asinine job titles and re-applying for those jobs, and forcing milquetoast content onto diverse subsets of American newspaper readers with basically no regard for customization.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on what makes Wilmington and the surrounding area dynamic and diverse, instead of writing so much about Delaware's sleazy pro-business culture.


  8. "Evolution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The News Journal full-time

    Pros

    There is a great deal of opportunity with the company focusing more on digital media and reaching new audiences. There are also several resources avaialbe to learn more about digital products. The company is evolving.

    Cons

    Doning much more with less, and having too many things to get done with lack of clarity from management.

    Advice to Management

    The way things have been done in the past need to change, especially when trying to do more with less. There needs to be better coordination, communication and leadership from senior management.


  9. "Enjoyable for the first couple of years, but the endless rounds of layoffs and top-down management style are terrible."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to meet interesting people outside the office; scheduling flexibility can be helpful.

    Cons

    In additional to all the typical newspaper problems, the leadership of my department is dysfunctional. Undermining and back-stabbing of colleagues is frequent and doesn't even seem to be discouraged. Teamwork is rarely rewarded or noticed. A stunning lack of collegiality and humane decency in how people treat one another that tickles down from the top.

    Advice to Management

    End the every man for himself mentality. Give people the space and framework to be innovative and creative, rather than having confined to management's rigid idea of how things should


  10. "Ok place to start a career -- but you don't want to stay long"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    For someone entering the workforce, it's easy to get in the door. A handful of senior staffers who were able to guide the younger staffers.

    Cons

    no room to move up with this publication. very low pay. part of a dying industry. Not much of a digital presence (as of a few years ago).

    Advice to Management

    Nurture the younger talent that comes through from year to year -- you might be surprised at what they can do. Put a larger emphasis on digital media.