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  1. "Excellent people work at at World Company"

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great managing editor, excellent writers, copy editors and columnists. Good team atmosphere. Award winning sports department. Excellent website.

    Cons

    The pay could be better for the hours worked.

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your people, trust your people. The judges of national contests and state contests have ruled they are among the best.


  2. "Many good years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A long history of strong journalism and serving the community

    Cons

    After the sale of Sunflower Broadband the harsh reality set in that there is not enough cash flow to sustain operation. They are struggling to wrap their heads around a new revenue model.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of the past. The old ad-based revenue system is dead and gone. Figure out what your product is worth in the marketplace and demand that you be paid for it.


  3. "The World Company is solid place to start or to return, but not many opportunities for advancement."

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    Former Employee - Account Representative in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Coworkers are professional and want to do a good job
    - Managers have you back
    - Fairly laid back work environment
    - Work/life balance

    Cons

    - Low company morale (yearly downsizing, constant turnover)
    - Internal divisions between departments
    - It can be very hard to make sales goals as many local business don't see the RIO of advertising
    - There isn't much faith in the products
    - Healthcare, severance and maternity packages are paltry
    - No consistant motivation to do well

    Advice to Management

    Consider allowing more voices in the decision making process. Hire managers with true technical knowledge and who consistently perform.


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  5. "Rapid decline"

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    Former Employee - Mailroom Operator in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Mailroom Operator in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent co-workers, plenty of extra newsprint

    Cons

    Used to work in the new-shuttered mailroom, the hours were horrendous. There was absolutely no proper schedule, limited/no breaks, and aggressive and over-worked managers. The compensation, for the work expected and responsibilities, was terrible as well. The benefit opportunities were limited, and the HR department seemed out-of-touch.

    In general, the company sought to cut costs at any opportunity (leading to lower quality, over-work, and high turnover), eventually leading to the loss of 30+ full-times jobs in the production department.

    Advice to Management

    Fairly compensate quality employees, restructure the entire management, bring in outside opinions/ideas, and, most importantly, dramatically improve the quality of base product-- the journalism.


  6. "Employee compensation and opportunities out of whack"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Reporter in Lawrence, KS
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very few benefits to working at this company. They're consistently in the red when it comes to operating revenue, and they're bloated with fat at the top.

    Cons

    Your best interest is never at heart with the management of this company. With a measly 30k a year salary, I was forbidden from looking at other companies to work for, despite the fact that my subsidiary company was on the "selling block."


  7. "Where dreams go to die. Where you're never good enough."

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    Former Employee - Photographer in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Photographer in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The World Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You got a paycheck every two weeks. Don't expect top have your efforts appreciated beyond that. Also, don't expect their standard of excellence to be nearly as high as your own.

    Cons

    No upward mobility and the management is clueless. As a family owned newspaper, the owner runs his own insipid column on Saturdays which employees are regularly harassed about while on assignment.

    Advice to Management

    Get into the 21st Century. Treat people the way you want to be treated. They always assume that you don't have any idea what your're doing and declare you persona not grata if you leave and work for a competitor instead of just wishing you well.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "The Lawrence Journal-World, enter at your own risk..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The rank and file employees are wonderful. Lawrence is a great place to live and the people are friendly and community oriented.

    Cons

    Horrible working environment. Management has a tendency to churn often. They have removed, fired and run-off many of their best employees and replace with cheaper labor which is typical of the newspaper industry right now. Age discrimination is the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Why would I even pretend to advise people who seem to know it all?


  9. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Family owned, private company; worked hard to be family friendly

    Cons

    Family owned; no longer in business


  10. "Sorry to see it sold"

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

    I worked at The World Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked here for 10 years. Some of the hardest years of my life and some of the most rewarding, working for some of the greatest people I've ever known

    Cons

    The paper was sold to Ogden Newspapers in 2016 and they gutted the talent out of the paper. Over 30 of 91 employees were lost, and the signal to those left was an emphasis on profit over content. It's shameful what Ogden has done to this paper.

    Advice to Management

    The Simons family (owners of LJW for 120+ years) treated you with respect; Ogden Newspapers treat you like dollar signs.


  11. "Sinking Ship"

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are great, at least on the daily beats, sports desk and photo staff.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. Pay is journalism pay with salary freezes pretty much forever.

    Advice to Management

    Work to keep your talent instead of replacing it with cheap college labor.


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