- TRIBUNE TECHNOLOGY30.Sep 2016
Pleasant enough place to work.
Support from management
14 Managers in 7 years, same position. No managers were new hires.
Teams worked together fairly well, management was barely involved at all.
Freedom to work independently
Great, because management doesn't care.
My last 2 managers there (six months each) talked to me once each.
I don't think they tried or didn't, I felt it was a truly unbiased environment.
Attitude towards older colleagues
While I don't think there was a conscious age bias, older workers were often the object of downsizing.
earlier on there was advancement potential, later it was a lot of management jockeying. Many layers of management were added between managers and C level people.
Overall compensation for your work
No raises for many years (bankruptcy), but base salaries were fair for market. However, layoffs were common and frequent.
Office / Work Environment
Went from offices, to tiny cubicles so they could rent out building for movie shoots.
It's a newspaper company, what does that mean?
When I started company made a lot of effort in branding, later on, none, towards the end of my time there small efforts were made, but honestly the product quality, quantity and presence was always worse than it was the year before every year.
Layoff policies were indiscriminate, managers were asked to rate employees by numeric order, and the ones with the lowest numbers were laid off regardless of performance or business need.
Work was actually fun, and good people, challenging.
Inclusive / Diverse
Yes, there was an effort (or maybe it was really a lack of management) to let the technical people build the right solutions.
Suggestions for improvement
- Stop trying to save the company, and just part it out to local entities that care about the local brands for the icons they are in their local communities. You can't build an empire by buying more respected brands and cheapening their products... while raising the purchase price, oh and then trying to support it by selling advertising in a product that you have since given up on promoting. It really is twisted logic.
What I like about the company
The technical people were mostly top notch, some managers were good but the best ones, the ones that fought for their team didn't last long. Upper management expected management to motivate teams knowing well ahead of time they would be doing staff reductions.
What I dislike about the company
Upper management expected management to motivate teams knowing well ahead of time they would be doing staff reductions. Kind of like, "if that team doesn't meet unrealistic expectations for our industry, we will cut X number of employees from your team. Because of this you had a strange culture of highly motivated team players that cared about the company and really wanted to see projects complete. However there was a constant overtone of fear uncertainty and doubt.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyTRIBUNE TECHNOLOGY
- CityLos Angeles
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2014