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Toronto Star Reviews

Updated 4 de Nov 2019

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3.1
35%
Recommend to a Friend
51%
Approve of CEO
Toronto Star CEO John D. Cruickshank
John D. Cruickshank
20 Ratings
Pros
  • "With union, good location, very close to the lake(in 5 reviews)

  • "Has great benefits for employees who've been there longer than 10 years(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Middle management and direction is very poor(in 3 reviews)

  • "Environment was always anxious because of current state of journalism(in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "It use to be good company"

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    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer 

    I have been working at Toronto Star full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice and and smart people

    Cons

    Bed top management without vision

    Toronto Star2019-11-04
  2. "Horrible culture"

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

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

    Pay was good and competitive

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else including leadership

    Advice to Management

    Start over

    Toronto Star2019-10-18
  3. "An ok company"

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    Former Employee - Layout Coordinator 

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

    With union, good location, very close to the lake.

    Cons

    High turn over rate and planning to out source.

    Toronto Star2019-09-18
  4. "A tough industry to work in"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, competitive benefits, interesting learning environment

    Cons

    Salary has not kept up with cost of living

    Toronto Star2019-09-18
  5. "Undergoing transformation, chances and challenges"

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

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Humane, diversed culture. Maybe easy to get a position due to heavy investment on digital development and high turnover rate

    Cons

    Facing challenges what traditional media are facing. Dropped revenue

    Toronto Star2019-08-14
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Titanic"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Descent location, parking, great gym with a fabulous trainer, Starbucks in the building.

    Cons

    Lots of dinosaurs working here. Old systems, things take forever to change, it’s a sinking ship, dying industry with no hope of turn around, work just keeps on getting piled on you with absolutely no compensation for the extra work, constant and absolutely excessive OT with no thanks. The morale is horrible. It will suck your soul.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees. Stop telling them things are great when they are clearly not. They aren’t stupid.

    Toronto Star2019-08-29
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Worst, place to work"

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The location is easy to commute

    Cons

    The office is old, the management is very old fashion, the company has no money so its work work work

    Toronto Star2019-07-28
  8. "Web Developer"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Toronto Star full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Freedom, Flexibility, Evolving Business, Good Location

    Cons

    Hard environment when there is constantly layoffs as the newspaper industry isn't in the best of times.

    Toronto Star2019-03-14
  9. "Mgmt bad, rest are good"

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

    I worked at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

    Really smart and helpful staff who work hard

    Cons

    Kitchen sucks, some editors do not work very hard

    Advice to Management

    Good luck Irene

    Toronto Star2019-01-07
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Stagnant old boys club culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Toronto Star full-time

    Pros

    Great location downtown toronto. OK perks and a reputable Canadian company to back it. I enjoy being in IT/Big data and there are things to learn

    Cons

    Middle management and direction is very poor. There were promises of a culture change with new hires but it's just more of the same. It is very old boys club, and promotions, reviews and hiring based on favors for friends, former colleagues and having yes-men, not real industry knowledge. Management doesn't value hard work so if you want satisfaction in your job, and to be rewarded for doing it well, look elsewhere.... You don't have to really know anything to excel and rise in leadership here, just who to kiss up too, making earning a high position here useless.

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    Advice to Management

    You are guaranteed to lose your most value workers. In the end, you will be left with poor direction, and poor executors because all the knowledgeable people were squeezed out. Do an audit of knowledge against people who hold the leadership positions, clean the house, and hire leaders who actually know above and beyond what they are meant to lead. Especially in the digital-focused departments. Right now it's the... blind and unskilled leading the newspaper to death.

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    Toronto Star2018-08-13
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