The Sacramento Bee Reviews

Updated Feb 22, 2019

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2.7
42%
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10 Ratings
  1. "Electrician"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Sacramento Bee full-time

    Pros

    Very reliable like to make dead lines.

    Cons

    Some time slow when being very detailed at the job

  2. "Employee"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Production 

    I worked at The Sacramento Bee part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cool group of people

    Cons

    Not enough guaranteed hours especially part time

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent early career experience, but don't expect a lot of feedback; lacking leadership and growth opportunities"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Sacramento Bee full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Legacy paper with some really experienced and talented reproters

    Cons

    Fresh, deep cuts to the company left everyone feeling stretched thin, very low morale among the senior staff. Editing was minimal and editors were over-committed. Interns and junior reporters got very little direction and mentorship and feedback.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Bee Media (Sinking Ship)"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Planner 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Sacramento Bee full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good ideas, people who are interested in professional growth and contributing to a legacy of over 150 years. Smart and talented youth with interesting perspectives and ways to boost the image and work in digital advertising.

    Cons

    Management talks a big game but has poor execution. Not willing to train or give clear direction on subordinate duties then blames them for doing their best to carry out the abstract assignments and failing. Prohibits autonomy and stifles creativity. I was very optimistic about learning the business, I wanted to absorb everything there was to learn in the department but was met with very little guidance and training. The executives and management like to hear themselves talk. When lower level employees speak up with ideas, they are met with judgement and criticism.

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  5. "Good part-time job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Sacramento Bee part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fairly flexible schedule Good part-time 2nd job, or while at school

    Cons

    Hours can average around 3 hours per night locally And more than 6 per night if outside Sac.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Moving deck chairs on the Titanic."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Sacramento Bee full-time

    Pros

    Wages PTO If you drive your sales team, you DO make your bonuses.

    Cons

    Poor allocation of talent No career pathing Complacency within departments an employees means no improvement will be made without proper motivation.

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  7. "Advertising"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Sacramento Bee full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent place to work!

    Cons

    Too many meetings to discuss previous meetings.

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "If you're looking at this, don't even apply... seriously. [BeeMedia, Advertising Division]"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Strategist in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Sacramento Bee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ...I'm drawing blanks, almost everything I could think of as a pro was basically the silver lining of a very dark cloud.

    Cons

    Most (not all) of the management absolutely ruins just about everything about this place. There's a 1:3 manager/director to person ratio. It's painfully obvious that most of the management hasn't had any formal training nor knows how to run a profitable business, in retrospect it makes sense why they struggle to make basic sales goals...which your paycheck depends on. When I was interviewed and subsequently hired, I was promised bonuses of 1K+ a month, I don't think I saw that once. I was promised career pathing, never once had a performance meeting or anything having to do with my career. I was told that working with a commonly known micromanager was a "gift". Micromanagement is rampant, egos are inflated, and when management has to do the menial tasks of their subordinates, they pat each other on the back as if they cured cancer or something. In a single year I saw 2 rounds of layoffs, these included people who were super close to retiring, others had barely worked there for 6 months. I also saw upwards of 8 people quite under a single manager and never heard of that manager being disciplined whatsoever. This year's Christmas party for ground level employees was a pot luck while the managers and directors had a completely seperate holiday get together that was quite a bit more glamerous. Says a lot about a company the way they treat their employees, the culture here is super toxic.

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Account Executive"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Sacramento Bee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Base salary is descent. Location is nice.

    Cons

    High turnover. The management would rather fire people than invest time in training. I've got news for management, that never works. Hiring new people will not bring results. You may have a new Rep do well for a few months but then it's all the same and you're ready to give them the boot.

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  10. "Manager"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at The Sacramento Bee full-time for 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.

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