Management can not be trusted to do what needs to get done or even what they claim they will do. There is a lot of drama and rumors and that takes precedence over actual work.
Support from management
No support is given to employees, they are expected to figure everything out without training and are given no help if something goes wrong.
You have to work closely with your coworkers to get everything done, but this is rarely actually done so half the work is never completed.
Freedom to work independently
The workload is NOT distributed at all. Some employees are expected to do the work of 5 employees while others (those who are favorites of upper management) are expected to do hardly any work at all. Employees have no say in what they do or what they are responsible for.
There is no communication. Upper management is clueless and doesn't care what lower management is doing, coworkers rarely speak to each other.
Women do not have any more or less difficulty achieving status and are not treated differently than men.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I only ever saw new employees with no experience in the field at all.
Personal career development for employees is not a concern of management. Not only is no training given but employees are not allowed to assist their superiors with anything (unless they are previously qualified) and are not allowed to learn anything new. No matter how monotonous the job gets they are not allowed to advance.
Overall compensation for your work
Employees are paid very little.
Office / Work Environment
The computers could use a newer version of Microsoft programs, but everything else is up to date and the atmosphere is comfortable.
There is some community involvement but there is little environmental concern.
New employees are expected to work 10-14 hour shifts, work seven days a week, and never take vacation.
The company is running into the ground with the way it is being run, I don't expect it will last more than ten years until which they will be constantly downsizing.
A lot needs to be done. If an employee is actually able to complete the work they need to do they should be proud. The work itself is extremely challenging partly just because of the hours expected. However, upper management is not satisfied even when employees go above and beyond what they thought they were capable of.
Inclusive / Diverse
Management in circulation is singularly-minded, new ideas are not accepted and any challenges to established procedures is ignored.
Suggestions for improvement
- I think the Times News is beyond repair.