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Updated September 21, 2017
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  • High turnover of staff, too many systems and procedures which ends up being in the way of actually getting things done (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management shows no interest in truly getting to know employees or listening to employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Reporter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Reporter in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Oregonian full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, fun staff; nice building; some fun assignments; flexible start time; great group

    Cons

    Low pay, uncertain future; expensive parking; emphasis on clicks; only certain people can do projects

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible in allowing reporters to work at home, in the field


  2. Helpful (1)

    "This House is on Fire"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Oregonian full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall you'll work with some good people. The culture has a great work/life balance. Most everyone works 9-5.

    Cons

    The media and publishing industry has been in a tailspin for years. Some companies have figured out a way to be profitable but most have not, including The Oregonian and their parent company Advance. The company is desperately trying to recover lost revenue and this desperateness clouds their vision including strategy and culture.

    I've never worked in a more toxic environment where employees openly talk about applying for new jobs and negativity is so rampant. The turnover in employees and changes are so common it's a joke. The apathy of half the workforce is depressing. These employees show up for just a paycheck and it's quite discouraging for employees that care and take pride in their work.

    Advice to Management

    Work on reestablishing the brand authority of The Oregonian both locally and in the workplace. Many local businesses don't see the value of advertising with the Oregonian digitally. It's as a result of the frequent employee turnover and the poorly executed campaigns.

    Work on creating a culture that is about more than making money. Yes, people want to make money but many individuals want to serve a higher purpose. Portland is a small town and people talk and it's no secret how toxic the culture is. The poor culture makes it difficult to attract top talent to change the narrative.

    Identify and let go the apathetic people. These individuals are a drag on the rest of employees and will be an anchor on the neck of the company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "CSA"

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    Former Employee - CSA in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - CSA in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Oregonian full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Peers I worked with were great, interesting work

    Cons

    No training, job description changes every 2-3 months. Not possible to be proficient in job with the consent changing of duties required. Expectations unclear until management decides you are not capable. No leadership

    Advice to Management

    No leadership, expectation do not match tasks asked to perform. Quit jumping to conclusions and deciding your employees are at fault, try getting all the facts. You say you have our back, but when presented with issue you accuse. Back up your statement. You create a hostel environment. Also this is a professional place, we are not friends so quit trying to hug like we are. Its uncomfortable and unprofessional


  4. "Run!!! Don't waste any brain cells on considering this place."

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

    I worked at The Oregonian full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For the most part the people that work here are fantastic and down to earth (leadership excluded). Office space is nice enough.

    Cons

    Lack of vision! When your brand is constantly undermined by the fact you're a paper maybe stop with the lame dad jokes and quit pushing print. They like to act like they can play in the digital space but no real investments are made to recruit or retain talen that are actually capable of producing solid strategies. Nor are they willing to invest in local resources to help with the countless issues that arise. Everything is filtered out of the east coast or overseas so if you enjoy problem solving with next to no way of fixing anything (nearly every problem just gets slapped with a temporary band aid) then this is the place for you.

    No culture and Negative moral - Constant turnover does nothing to help. Everyone is always stressed, over worked, and under paid.

    Pay- Commission is a joke. Don't kid yourself if you get an offer your goals and lack of support will keep you from making much of anything.

    Advice to Management

    Turn the tides and actually address your problems within leadership, management, and producers. Pay your people a livable wage and invest in talent Otherwise you won't be around much longer.


  5. "Manager"

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

    I worked at The Oregonian full-time

    Pros

    Great people, with interesting, diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    No well thought out strategy on how to grow print or digital revenue. Too much employee dis-satisfaction with constant turmoil and change. Lack of positive leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and value your employees.


  6. "Trust me this is a sinking ship. Don't do it!"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Oregonian full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The office is nice, you can wear jeans

    Cons

    Terrible management, terrible HR department. There are a lot of things going on that HR is aware of and not doing anything about. Honestly, the worst overall job I have ever had.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible management and morale!!!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Oregonian full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It used to be a great place to work.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. Directors and sales people have relationships and in turn Directors play favorites with those employees. HR doesn't seem to care. It seems like every day someone quits or gets fired. Morale is horrible!!!!! Turn over is high and the advertisers are noticing. Thankful not to have to work there anymore.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Worst time of my life"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Designer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Oregonian full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Other people in other departments were nice

    Cons

    Worst boss I ever had.

    Advice to Management

    You knew this guy was bad. He had a HISTORY with HR but you kept him anyway. Lots of people came and left because of him. When I went to HR about him, they told me they were well aware of him. Yet no one ever did anything about him.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "High turnover for many reasons"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Reporter in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Oregonian full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people producing some great journalism against all odds.

    Cons

    Management is unresponsive to employees' needs, requests and goals, and takes no responsibility for employees' unhappiness. Assignments are mostly doled out with no apparent consideration of employees' strengths or desires. Upper management shows no interest in truly getting to know employees or listening to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Talk less, listen more. Get to know your employees so you can make better use of their talents and abilities. If you continue to ignore problems, people will continue to feel invisible, dispensable and distrusting.


  10. "Inside Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The Oregonian has a great set of products and a huge online reach with oregonlive.com.
    They truly can offer wonderful solutions that make a real impact on businesses.

    Cons

    Once hired, they like to shift and change job positions and titles so be very flexible in what job your being hired for as positions change around here all the time and not always for the better. Some managers are great to work for and others are on a power trip and like to micromanage. I had a great manager as an outside rep for a long time and the inside sales manager is a nightmare to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Support your loyal employees and let them do their job without breathing down their necks.


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