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Updated August 9, 2017
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Toronto Star Publisher John D. Cruickshank
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  • Long hours, poor management, competitive, and at times, unfair work assignments (in 2 reviews)

  • The company is on a decline because the newspaper business itself is declining (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A decent job"

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

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    • You're surrounded by excellent talent
    • It's a largely collegial atmosphere
    • Good compensation and benefits package

    Cons

    • Management has no long-term vision, especially for digital products
    • Depending on where you're working, parts of the job aren't challenging at all
    • It's difficult to be ambitious / produce beyond your job title
    • No future

    Advice to Management

    • Find a way to retain your young talent


  2. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits package

    Cons

    Printing news industry is declining globally

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Digital designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and nice people

    Cons

    bad hours, no passion, no promotion


  4. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well respected brand, high-quality editorial, investing in digital to compete with other media companies, senior management provides good support

    Cons

    lack of opportunity for promotion, some staff have been there a very long time and no longer motivated, just collecting a pay cheque

    Advice to Management

    bring in younger talent to help you grow digital business ideas and revenues


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

    - Great managers that focus on the development of your skills
    - All around nice co-workers
    - There is an increasing and welcome push towards digital

    Cons

    - Executive management is rarely making the right choices for the company's direction
    - Lack of a CEO
    - Stingy with pay

    Advice to Management

    Double down on digital, learn to focus on the development of minimum viable products, move fast and break things in this new media market, and break down the silos


  6. "The only constant is change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toronto Star (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some really amazing people - and truly great, committed journalists work at The Star. But the company took forever to really grasp the implications of the digital age. For those in the know, it felt incredibly frustrating to see competitors move ahead. By the time the Star decided to fully engage in digital, the financial picture wasn't great and they began shedding some of their most talented people with buyouts.

    Cons

    The company took forever to really grasp the implications of the digital age. For those in the know, it felt incredibly frustrating to see competitors move ahead. By the time the Star decided to fully engage in digital, the financial picture wasn't great and they began shedding some of their most talented people with buyouts.

    Advice to Management

    Long-range planning. More digitally-savvy people at the top of the editorial ladder. Don't let any more really good journalists go - or your brand will further diminish. Look beyond the tablet edition for a longer-term strategy.


  7. "Reporter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

    Good reputation, challenging work environment, fun experiences.

    Cons

    Long hours, poor management, competitive, and at times, unfair work assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when they have concerns, show more human decency and empathy.

  8. "TOPS was great"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Toronto Star (More than a year)

    Pros

    - organized SCRUMS
    - fun
    - energetic group of workers

    Cons

    - chaotic at times
    - product was good but didn't have enough subscribers


  9. "Good place generally"

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    Former Employee - Ontario in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Ontario in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Toronto Star (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, non intrusive management

    Cons

    Old equipment. Some get away with chatting all day and not doing much work.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade equipment. Take other employees' concerns seriously when issues are brought up and resolve them.


  10. "Digital designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly manager and co-workers.
    Good benifit

    Cons

    No promotion. Bad working hours


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