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Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. "Business intern"

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    Former Employee - Business Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Business Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at The News & Observer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leniency to pursue individual reporting projects, incredible editors, strong investigative team, unbiased reporting

    Cons

    McClatchy isn't very flexible with digital news but News & Observer does its best to serve its digital audience given its tools


  2. "Not the greatest"

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

    I worked at The News & Observer full-time

    Pros

    Benefits co workers clients location

    Cons

    Management pay non existent promotions dishonest

  3. "Media Consultant"

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

    I worked at The News & Observer full-time

    Pros

    the people who work there are great

    Cons

    very demanding with very little pay. Changes occur week to week. Training is redundant.


  4. "Client Success"

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    Current Employee - Client Success in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Client Success in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Evolving digital marketing company with a longstanding history and vision you can trust. Positive, motivated team members. Strong leadership. Forward-thinking, intelligent new publisher.

    Cons

    None - this is a great place to work! Positive, collaborative environment. Good place to learn about client-focused digital marketing.


  5. "Account Exectutive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The News & Observer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Long time ago was an ok place to work.

    Cons

    Can't sell enough online to replace loss in print revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Quit forcing your best salespeople out.


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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