Bay Area News Group Employee Reviews

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Dwindling and Challenging Industry
Prepress (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CASeptember 21, 2015
While I enjoyed my work, the people and work environment, the inevitable question of layoffs, dwindling pay & benefits and even work itself (through consolidation) always lingered. Especially since the newspaper industry has been going through what seems like an endless challenge in maintaining ad revenue and readership in the digital internet age.
Pros
My personal schedule and work/life balance since I've always worked a mid-shift, thus my commutes avoided rush-hour traffic.
Cons
The uncertainty of the industry in regards to layoffs, pay and benefits.
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Exciting and demanding
Copy Editor/Expeditor (Former Employee) –  Pleasanton, CASeptember 25, 2015
A typical day for me would include proofing about 20+ stories for AP Guidelines, paginating, coding and coordinating deadlines for five daily newspapers in various locations. A newspaper is a business that has no holidays, so do not expect to be home with your family on the holidays until you have earned it (I did!). I really enjoyed being apart of an entity that informed literally millions of people about what is important: elections, earthquakes, politics, etc. It was kind of exhilarating.

I do miss the banter between myself and the Senior News Editors and Managing News Editor.
Pros
Exciting and you stay informed
Cons
Demanding work schedule
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The company is dwindling
Customer Services Rep/Advertising Assistant (Former Employee) –  HaywardMay 29, 2011
The newspaper industry is not a good place to work if you are looking for job security. Most people in the 21st century are getting their news from other resources such as the internet, twitter, facebook, IPhones, and of course the television. The initial training to learn the job was okay. However, when additional training was needed. I was thrown under the bus most times and I had to rely on other employees in different departments to show me how to do new job tasks that my supervisor assign me via email.
Cons
low wages
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Good people to work with, but no room to growth
Sales (Former Employee) –  denverJune 10, 2015
Flexibility, good commission structure for sales, but very stressful.
Co-workers are nice. Management consistently changed
Pros
flexibility hours for sales
Cons
very stressful
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not a nice place to work at
Multimedia Sales Coordinator (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJune 11, 2014
Your coworkers are the best thing to come to work for.
The job itself its fun but the company assigns brand new people with no management skills to manage large groups and management MICRO MANAGE their employees.
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Comment – April 23, 2015

I've been with the company in San Jose for almost 6 years, and I witnessed that most front line sales managers were promoted from within. I do agree that the coworkers (essentially the company culture) are one of the best part of working here. It's too bad that one negative experience with maybe one or two managers that micromanage their employees, have led people to believe this is more prevalent than what I perceive.

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productive and pleasant workplace
Accounts Receivable Clerk (Current Employee) –  San Ramon, CADecember 1, 2013
firendly team environment. Always enough work to stay busy throughout the day. The managers are friendly, attentive, understanding and fair.
Pros
pleasant work environment, productive workflow
Cons
compensation, benefits
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Good place to work for back in the early part of this decade
Pressroom Manager (Former Employee) –  Hayward, CAOctober 18, 2012
I took care of the facility that produced three bay area newspapers from 1997 to 2007. The company closed the facility and laid off all of my emloyees except for three of my assistants and myself. We were transfered to another facility and lost a significant amount of pay. I worked for this plant as the pressroom manager until February of 2009 and they completely shut down this pressroom to consolidate and as a result everyone lost their jobs.
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Bring A Positive Attitude & The Sky Is The Limit!
Account Executive (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJune 11, 2015
Everything with this company was an adventure I will always remember. High paying gig that really had me on the road to a well earned six figure income.
Pros
Educating people in a brief amount of time.
Cons
Inability to decide for my customer who would benefit from my services.
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Nice experience
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Watsonville, CANovember 20, 2013
It was a nice experience working for the Bay Area News Group/La Ganga Especial. I met several people; I had a nice work environment with my coworkers Ana, Connie, Maria and Miguel. for me, the most enjoyable part of the job is when I help others, customers and coworkers.
Pros
flexible with the hours
Cons
no breaks
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pleasant work environment
call enter supervisor (Former Employee) –  oakland caDecember 4, 2012
responding to customer inquiries/complaints. I most enjoyed the felling of satisfaction I get when I have saved a customer who had call to terminate their account due to unresolved issues.
Pros
co workers enjoyed the challenge of providing good customer service
Cons
department downsized and relocated
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Good work environment. Talented people.
Specialized Inbound Collector/Credit (Current Employee) –  San Ramon, CAMarch 27, 2014
There are a diverse group of talents here. Everyone specializes in their field and knows exactly what their position is. Relaxed work environment and good training.
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Fun place to work at hours where very flexible
Sales Manager - Universal Circulation Marketing (Current Employee) –  Charlotte, NCDecember 10, 2014
i love working for the bay area news group. I run about 12 sales reps in the san jose area and i learned managing skills and how to interact and motivate my team.
Pros
Flexible hours
Cons
worked every weekend
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Doing the best at what I do...
Data Entry Operator (Current Employee) –  Oakland, CAMarch 11, 2014
I am a great person to work with, work very well with no supervision as well as with others, I'm a team player and always welling to advance and learn new things...
Pros
half hour luch
Cons
two fifteen minute breaks
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good physical job
Home delivery manager (Former Employee) –  Walnut Creek, CAJanuary 20, 2015
this is a good company to work for, I have to counted all the paper and talk to people while working at the same time.
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Productive and fun place to work and support a sales team.
Account Executive (Current Employee) –  Walnut Creek, CASeptember 30, 2013
Cold calling on a daily basis, meeting new customer's every day.
Searching for new leads, giving a presentation and closing the deal.
Pros
Great job, great support.
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CA jobs transfering to CO
General Ledger Accountant (Current Employee) –  San Ramon, CAApril 25, 2014
I enjoy my position, but the business functions are all slowly being transferred to the corporate headquarters in Colorado.
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A great company to work for
District Manager (Current Employee) –  San Ramon, CASeptember 12, 2013
~Job demands 24/7 attention, which I enjoy.
~I learned how to manage a group of people
~Co-workers are actually the contractors (mostly) I deal with
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free tickes for sports games
A/R Collections (Former Employee) –  San Ramon, CAMarch 11, 2014
collect on past due ads media on newspapers TV acct were 30 - 120 days past due B to B
Pros
free drinks and lunch sometimes
Cons
good health care
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Fun to workplace
Credit Representative (Former Employee) –  San Ramon, CAMarch 29, 2014
Working in the newspaper
the hardest part of the job
the most enjoyable part of the job
Pros
Free lunch for 3 weeks
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Fun days
Graphic Designer (Former Employee) –  Pleasanton, CAFebruary 26, 2013
Each day creating and having work to be viewed by millions was a great feeling.
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3.7
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