- Trib Total Media15.Nov 2017
Laid back but still strict with a growing amount of laziness and lack of responsibility on their end since the industry is dying and they are slowly switching over to online only publication.
Support from management
They are generally reasonable, but lately they've been a little unrealistic by no longer allowing us to take extra papers with us nor call in to have a paper delivered if we were shorted. They tell us to count them, but the problem is a lot of the time some papers aren't put together.
For example, instead of Section B being inside Section A and making a complete paper, it is laying above or below it in the bundle. It then throws off the count when the bundles are made. Then when we count them, we think we have the correct amount when we are really one or more papers short because those sections caused a miscount.
This one's a toss-up. Some coworkers are cool, others have a chip on their shoulders all the time it seems. Some help others, some don't.
Freedom to work independently
We work pretty much on our own with little oversight unless there is a nondelivery of a paper, an aspect of this job I really like.
Easy to get in touch with higher-ups. Both us and them have each others cell numbers so we are usually a quick text message away.
Plenty of male and female workers, both as fellow Contractors and as Managers.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Seen plenty of older people that just wanted a little extra income, though this job won't be for everyone given the amount of physical fitness and stamina required.
Used to have job security and a possible career path after a few years if a manager quit. Not anymore.
Overall compensation for your work
I would have given 5 stars if they didn't cut the shorted-paper deliveries and raise the prices for the bags we use.
Office / Work Environment
The warehouse where we pick up and build the Sunday papers(other days are prebuilt for us) is not too bad. It lacks A/C though so Summer can be sweaty and awful, but Winter isn't too bad as they do have heaters. The outside is whatever it is on that day. If it rains, we work in rain. If it snows like it did when we had that super storm that shut down Boston ans left piles of snow well into Summer, then we work in that.
They don't recycle plastic(the ties for the bundles we get every day are plastic), but they do reuse the leftover newsprint.
Unlike some other companies, TTM distributes papers every day, no exceptions. We do better than the USPS. Nor Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Snow, Nor Weekend, Nor Holiday. It takes its toll when you can never have a day off or sick day unless you take the risk of subhiring the job to someone else.
The image varies by who you ask. Some think it's great, other dislike it due to bad experiences from the Contractor delivering their paper. I don' feel good about the company. It used to be great, but ever since the original owner died they've become penny pinchers, caring only about profit and disregarding quality. They've thinned the papers out and added on more ads.
The industry is dying and this company has already scaled back its operations drastically. It's only a matter of time before the last of us are on the chopping block. Years ago one could eventually be a District Manager, but now those chances are gone.
The warehouse has a huge garage door at ground level, large enough I feel tempted to drive my car into when ever it poors down rain. A wheel chair can easily fit into that just as a forklift can. As far as delivering though, not gonna happen.
The forklift operators, back when they actually used them for moving paper rolls around before they killed off many of their subsidiaries in and around Pittsburgh, used the horns when reversing and kept safe distances from people on foot. They also have cameras, though one doesn't seem to be maintained as the ball joint for it is loose as it's been aiming at the ground for the last few months and noone has bothered to fix it.
I'm assuming 1 star means Very Challenging. It isn't too hard, but it's not too easy either. The addresses change quite a bit sometimes, forcing you to remember you have to deliver to THIS house and not THAT house, and so on. Sometimes it forces me to stop and look at my manifest to verify I'm not forgetting something. And then there is the fact I have to remember nearly 300 addresses to deliver too. That definitely isn't easy.
Then there is the weather. That huge snow storm in 2015 or 2016, that wasn't easy to deliver papers in. With snow up to my thighs, my shoes and pants were wet, my feet frozen, my legs tired from walking through that snow, and then I had to take my time and be careful not to lose control of my car while also trying to go fast enough to not get stuck somewhere on a hill, of which there were many.
But at least I did get to burst through 4ft berms of snow left by the snowplows when they went through intersections. That was fun seeing snow flow over the hood and windshield.
Inclusive / Diverse
Mostly Caucasians currently, but they hire other races. No discrimination as far as I can tell.
Suggestions for improvement
- Better quality control for the papers and bundles before they leave the printing facility or let us have extras if we are shorted, or let us call in to have the extras delivered like before.
What I like about the company
The independence, the ability to do my work at my own time(within reason) and not have someone constantly hovering over me.
What I dislike about the company
The lack of responsibility on their end when they make a mistake, like not putting an address change on my manifest, and then charging me a complaint charge when I make a mistake like not delivering a paper because it wasn't listed.
The ending of shorted paper deliveries and stopping us from having extras. The lack of quality control too.
The lack of job security is an issue as well. All of us are now worrying when we will be next to lose out jobs like the others in the defunct subsidiaries.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyTrib Total Media
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee
- DepartmentLogistics/materials management