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Updated September 26, 2016
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  1. "Ugh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The News & Observer full-time

    Pros

    Drive your own car, after training not bothered by management

    Cons

    Work 365 days a year


  2. "Writer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy in crafting stories. Good relationship with editors.

    Cons

    Pay is piddly. Staffing is miniscule. Expectations too high for what they're willing to pay.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that writers are professionals who are worthy of competitive and good compensation. If you want to continue publishing quality work, you need to pay for it.


  3. "audience retention and collections"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    casual atmosphere and great money for hours worked

    Cons

    limited to part time hours

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "It's a complete mess over there"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Reporter in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The News & Observer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Grunts in the newsroom are generally smart and fun, but the people who run the newsroom - honest to god -are the most terrible newspaper executives I have ever met.

    Cons

    See above. I realize that the newspaper business has a lot working against it right now. But I don't think the newsroom executives at the N&O made a decent managerial decision in the last 10 years I was there. The staff is probably 1/4 the size it was in the early 2000s, but you know what didn't change? The size of the newsroom management staff.

    Advice to Management

    The entire newsroom management staff is a joke. They have no skills outside the newspaper business, so they're just holding on for dear life.


  6. "Media Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Media Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Media Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The News & Observer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented company with great people. If you get a good manager and territory you will succeed! Some territories are more challenging then others to find a solution in our media portfolio to met their needs and most of all budget. There is a lot of freedom and good work/life balance as long as you can handle the workload. Recent training has proved to be beneficial and helpful - step in the right direction.

    Cons

    Some of the management struggles relating to certain employees and customers if they are not high spenders; There has been a lot of turn over recently on the Advertising Floor. We are a print company trying to transition into digital about 10 years too late.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide training and support to staff; offer incentives to improve department morale and work on branding so our customers know who we are and what products and services we offer.


  7. "Still Stuck in the Stone Ages"

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    Former Employee - Media Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Media Consultant in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The News & Observer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Paychecks don't bounce. Co workers are friendly. Good benefits if your managers approves your time off. Older managers and good reps got smart and left the company.

    Cons

    Aren't advancing in the digital world as fast as competitors. Reps sell digital adv. products but 75% of the time the ads do not run or do not fulfill. No one takes accountability for this. Older managers got smart and left the company. New Managers are young and inexperienced. No clue how to lead or manage - simply watching out for THEIR best interest. If you get hired here, only plan on living off your base pay - they will give you unattainable goals without discussing whats going on with your accounts/territory, and you will not get paid any commission if goal is not reached. Constant turnover with new hires. 14 vacancies in advertising department alone. Let everyone go just to have their re-interview to keep their jobs and get hired back making less $. Horrible morale. Poor leadership on all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Step down and get managers in there who know how to lead by example. Set attainable goals AFTER discussing the territory with the Rep first.


  8. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great peer level colleagues to work with

    Cons

    No 401K match, upper management

    Advice to Management

    listen to your staff


  9. "great great bunch of people to work for"

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

    Pros

    I love the environment for work there forever if they paid more

    Cons

    is lot of pressure to make up for the loss of the print on the digital side

    Advice to Management

    great place to start a career not a good place to finish


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Poor management at highest levels"

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    Current Employee - Advertising in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Advertising in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The News & Observer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some great success stories with smaller projects. Newsroom still has people passionate about the mission of the local news organization, and it is exciting to be involved in those creative research and presentation projects.

    Cons

    Upper management and McClatchy corporate leadership are content to let the business slide into oblivion, riding out the slide until they can retire. The best leaders are stuck in middle-management and unable to effect real change in the organization. Advertising is run by a tinpot dictator with personal favorites and whose idea of change is to rearrange seating charts.

    Advice to Management

    Make it possible for your employees to


  11. "Great paper going through hard times."

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Reporter in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at The News & Observer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Writing. More writing. Answering the phone.

    Cons

    Low pay. Answering the phone.

    Advice to Management

    Switch everything to digital or free candy.



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