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The Sacramento Bee Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits provided to employees.

    Cons

    The Bee used to be a great place to work. It cared about its employees and was committed to journalist excellence. It provided great benefits to employees. Now, it is all about the bottom line and people are leaving or are forced to leave in droves.

    Advice to Management

    You're not as good as you think you are.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "If only McClatchy would get out of the way"

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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 Sacramento Bee (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people. They're smart, talented and show up every day to do great work and great journalism.

    Cons

    McClatchy has been systematically making cuts — to the staff, the paper itself and so on — for years. This is true at many publications, but it often seems that an order will come down from on high and catch even upper management at the Bee off guard.

    Advice to Management

    In a time where 'alternative facts' are becoming increasingly mainstream, journalism and journalists are more important than ever. Invest in them.

  3. "Advertising Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Sacramento Bee full-time

    Pros

    Solid amount of PTO.
    Freedom to try new things and be creative
    Employees and mid level managers do their best and are fun, genuine people.

    Cons

    If your pay is dependent on bonuses, don't count on it because it's rare.
    Health benefits that are expensive with a very high deductible.
    No 401k match.
    Company-wide wage freeze since Dec 2016.
    Advertising department is trying to sell digital products that, collectively, they barely understand.
    There is no role clarity or chain of command and no accountability for responsibilities - things constantly go wrong and then they spend hours trying to figure out why.
    Most of senior leadership has only been with the company 1-2 years and they are still trying to figure out how to run a business.

    Advice to Management

    The lack of time management and overall inefficiency is suffocating the company. Try a top down approach.


  4. "Too Reactionary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company with a great vision but not enough tools

    Cons

    Lacking in Technology and innovation


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Sacramento Bee (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Locally owned. Public interest. Quality product and people - in service of greater community.

    Cons

    Industry downturn - media. Executive management struggling with employee churn and commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Employee relations matter. Cultivate atmosphere of inclusion--not exclusion.


  6. "Sacramento Bee"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at The Sacramento Bee part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very professional; flexible schedule; advancement within the company; PTO

    Cons

    relocated too far out; schedule became no so flexible; puts wear and tear on your car.

    Advice to Management

    Stay being professional


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fairly easy work, time goes by pretty quickly while working

    Cons

    Lackluster supervision, lack of organization

    Advice to Management

    Do better

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Easygoing, but lack of leadership, clueless editors"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Reporter in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Sacramento Bee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A pleasant place to work, low stress; some talented reporters. High journalistic standards. Nice work location.

    Cons

    Some editors are fairly clueless. Lack of direction from top down. Bean counter mentality. Low ball young reporters, protect 60ish burnouts

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff, listen to ideas.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Micro Managers!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Sacramento Bee full-time

    Pros

    Co workers are great people that's it.. no other positives. From the top down, it's just awful. I'm surprised the corp office is so blind to how many good people have walked out the door due to poor management.

    Cons

    Micro managed environment, lots of favoritism. Very low moral work, not a place I would ever recommend working. NO work life balance. You are expected to live work and breath your job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing.


  10. "Marketing Department"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant Marketing Director
    Creative Staff
    Great Latitude
    Wonderful Positive Environment

    Cons

    There really weren't any cons for me.

    Advice to Management

    Continue Encouraging Young Employees


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