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Updated August 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance and Agile project management methodology (in 7 reviews)

  • Tribune Publishing has great values and benefits for employees (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Company has a no raises without promotions policy (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management constantly changed which ultimately made daily operations very difficult (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Tribune"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Tribune Publishing full-time

    Pros

    It used to be a great place to work. There were always a ton of advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Work is being outsourced. Frequent leadership turnover led to strategy paralysis.

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing isn't the answer to every problem nor does it save money in every case.


  2. "Inbound Advertising Rep"

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    Former Employee - Inbound Advertising Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inbound Advertising Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tribune Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back; easygoing environment; really easy work

    Cons

    Incompetent coworkers; extremely low pay; highest performing rep earned $1000 bonus when I first started in 2015, by 2016 the highest performing rep's bonus was a $100 gift card; terrible management-- the people who ran my dept. didn't even know the names of their highest performers and kept their employees in the dark on every piece of information

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Poorly run company"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Deerfield Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Deerfield Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tribune Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, that's it. Not much else.

    Cons

    I lost count how many CEO's we had. The company seems to find new and inventive ways to waste money.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, not in ridiculous get rich quick schemes that always blow up in your face.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice location and friendly people

    Cons

    Struggling to do well and not much opportunity


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Los Angeles Times was great until Tribune came along"

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

    I worked at Tribune Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was a great experience working at the Los Angeles Times. Teamwork was always great there, lots of schedule flexibility and good people.

    Cons

    Tribune bought the Los Angeles Times and everything changed. No raises or room for growth. Just constant eliminating of jobs and outsourcing. Upper management was always changing and they had no clue on how to make things better.

    Advice to Management

    Too top heavy, need to focus on the employees who actually do the work that keep business going. Good luck to you all!


  6. "Good people, rough industry"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Tribune Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    These are some very decent people to work with. Everyone's input is respected and considered, and ego is at a historic low.

    Cons

    It's the state of the industry that bites. With print declining, offset by gains in digital, choose an open position carefully.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Upper Level Management Is Weak And Running The Company Into The Ground"

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

    Pros

    Most employees below C-Level are really smart and ambitious people. The kind of employees any company would want. Great team work and synergy within and between departments. VP and Director level management for the most part understand work life balance and are very fair to their teams as well as helpful and interested in helping to develop your career.

    Cons

    One would think that nothing could be worse for Tribune than the Sam Zell days but the current management regime is really battling for the title. Although things got tough when Peter Ligouri came in and decided to split the company in two, taking all of the companies assets to Tribune Media and forcing all of Tribune Publishing to now rent space in their own buildings. The kicker came when Jack Griffin decided to bring Michael Ferro on as majority share holder of the company for an infusion of cash. This could be one of the worst things to happen to Tribune. We thought that his digital first vision for the company was going to be a good thing but we quickly learned the opposite. His ousting of Jack and additions of Justin Dearborn as CEO and Malcolm Casselle as CTO and President / New Ventures are two of the worst decisions made for the company. There is no concern for the amazing teams below them doing great work and they have laid off many great people who could really help turn the company around. The name change to tronc is not only embarrassing but is proving that the new management has no clue what they are doing. The company is no longer run like a company that is concerned about their shareholders and employees rather than moving forward with their insane ideas no matter how much they don't make sense and definitely with no concern about their employees who have to act like they care about the companies new ideas and do what they can to make those ideas work. Morale could not be any lower and it is well known that most employees are looking to jump ship.

    Advice to Management

    If the idea is to run a 130 plus year public company like it is owned by one person, yes, I'm speaking to you Michael Ferro, then Michael should move on and start his own media company. The board needs to figure out a way to get around Michael and listen to some of the amazing talent that is their buildings that could affect real change. Although a sale to Gannett will ultimately oust Michale Ferro and his merry band of misfits, it will ultimately be the final nail in Tribune's coffin. It's sad to see such a storied and iconic brand quickly fall apart but the Tribune board and it's minority share holders need to figure out how to remove the cancer currently in the building and start healing the wounds. There are also a group of cronies who have been allowed to fail up over their Tribune careers and for some reason have been allowed to stay, mostly with VP and EVP titles. Unfortunately these people have no idea how to run their teams and unfortunately for the people below them, their good work makes it look like their leaders know what they are doing. Any decent consulting firm should be able to come in and quickly weed these people out.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Depends on department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Tribune Publishing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    "Tribune Publishing" on resume can be interpreted well.401k match. No-strings-attached HSA contribution from Trib.

    Cons

    Salary freeze. Company always on look-out to save money and shave employees. My team went from 5 to 2 members with hours increased significantly. Another team within my department decreased from 2 to 1 with that one person's hours increased significantly.

    However, not all teams are like this. There are other teams and departments that had normal hours.

    Advice to Management

    I don't want to help management. I resigned and moved on.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tribune Publishing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really smart and dedicated people who wanted to make Tribune a great place to work and attract others.

    Cons

    Upper management constantly changed which ultimately made daily operations very difficult. Company direction and messaging kept changing.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tribune Publishing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very talented, hard working and loyal employees. Good benefit packages.

    Cons

    Due to downsizing, the workload on current employees is overwhelming with no end in sight.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication to employees. Stop downsizing without reducing any of the workflow.


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