- The Times14.Nov 2015
I found that treated fairly and generally trusted my superiors for most of my tenure there.
Support from management
Top management seemed out of touch with the rest of the organization. Did not have the confidence of most of the employees.
Generally, most people were good to work with. There people seemed to genuinely want to achieve goals together and not play the blame game.
Freedom to work independently
There was almost too much autonomy. Not a lot of guidance was provided. At times, that was great, but when things got tough, you were on your own.
Communication from the top was generally poor. Important information was frequently withheld from the people who needed to implement programs and achieve goals.
They certainly seemed to in my opinion.
Attitude towards older colleagues
The Times had a reputation for kicking out older employees. I don't think that this was necessarily fair, however. I never attended a meeting where decisions were made based on an employee's age.
The biggest problem with working at the Times was the sense of the inevitability of the Times demise. The entire newspaper industry is shrinking and the Times is no exception. Instead of looking around to see how you could improve yourself and do more for the company, you were just trying to figure out how long you could last there and could you find a safe place to land.
Overall compensation for your work
The Times was always honorable about wages and paid on time. Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of reward because of the paper's financial situation. Increases were few and far between. Benefits were solid, if not spectacular.
Office / Work Environment
The working conditions were at least adequate. There were times where the building was too warm or too cold but the company did work to correct those issues. We had what we needed to perform the job.
The newspaper business is unpredictable and you can be required to be there at anytime. "On call 24/7" literally means on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I don't think that was unique to the Times.
The employees image of the Times has changed quite a bit over the years. With the lay offs and cut backs of the last six ten years, people don't have a very high opinion of the company. That wasn't always the case. People used to speak pretty fondly of the paper.
Very few feel that their job is stable there. The print portion of the paper is dying and most employees fear an individual lay off or the moving of the printing operation to another organization entirely. So far, they don't seem to be making much headway making their digital product successful. Many feel it is only a matter of time before they will be out of a job.
There was a great feeling of accomplishment when the day's newspaper was complete. I did feel what we were doing was important.
Inclusive / Diverse
I don't know that the company actively promoted diversity but it was there. People of all ages, races, ethnicities, sex's, etc., played important roles.
What I like about the company
I thought that over the years the Times treated me and most other employees well and fairly. I also believed that the company cared about their people.
What I dislike about the company
The worst part about working there was the feeling that there was absolutely no job security. People who worked hard and seemed to do a good job would be there one day and gone the next. You always got the feeling it could be you. I think a lot of that was inevitable because of the condition of the industry. As time went on, the competent, effective leadership sought greener pastures and less effective leadership was brought in.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyThe Times
- CityMunster, IN
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Internship in 2015