Distributor (Current Employee) – Largo, FL – April 18, 2016
If you like the night shift then this job is for you. It is only a few hours a night, however, it is 7 days a week. You are your own boss but you have to have the papers down by 6am. It doesn't take long to get use to a route. The only thing I'm not fond of is how they nickel and dime you. You have to pay for rain bags when it rains. You have to pay for your route book to be printed every day. You have to pay a table fee every week. After 2 weeks you pay for any complaints from customers, no matter if thier paper was just stolen or not. They do offer workers comp and insurance you can pay for as well.
All said and done after gas and such you make just above minimum wage per hour.
It was a fast pace place and it always keep you on your toes.
Newspaper Delivery (Former Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – March 29, 2016
I would go to bed at 5pm and get up at 12am. My day would start with getting to work and waiting for the truck with the newspapers, we would get the amount you needed. You would have to fold them and put in bags, stack them up in your car and head out to deliver them. I learned to work very fast and get there early to be first in line. Management would only talk to you if there was a problem with your route. Co workers where fun and very helpful. The hardest part of my job is getting the routine to go to bed at 5pm and getting up at 12am. The most enjoyable part is I had the whole day to do what I wanted.
You got done early to where you had the day to yourself.
Lead Product Coordinator (Former Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – October 7, 2015
• Managed a crew of 6, managed work flow for contractors, made schedules for the crew weekly, nightly paperwork, open and closed warehouse each night, consulted with upper management when possible issues, covered open routes to ensure product was on time to the right customers
I currently deliver for the Tampa Bay Times daily from 2am -6am daily and really enjoy the hours and freedom to be my own boss. It also leaves my days open. I am looking forward to filling that void with a wonderful and learning work environment!
Account Executive Employment (Outside Sales) (Former Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – July 9, 2015
it's wonderful to know that your efforts provide the Times ability to be such a wonderful newspaper helping Florida. However, the lack of an overall plan in management in the revenue departments, and some very badly planned launches of technology make it hard to be succesful at times. For a communication company, sometimes there is a very little of it. And the constantly shrinking paychecks due to cutbacks impact morale. I saw my base pay shrink by 25% with no warning, in one afternoon due to cuts. Similarly layoffs hit with no warning. The company is full of great honest people who do want to make a difference, but the need to change with the the nature of business is hitting the older managers hard.
Sense of accomplishment, flexible with personal life
lack of planning by management, bad technology launches, pay cuts and layoffs
Delivery Contractor (Former Employee) – New Port Richey, FL – March 14, 2015
A typical would day would start around 11:30pm waiting for the distribution ctr. to open its doors to the delivery contractors. you then get a cart or two and wait in line again until the truck comes with all of the papers from the printer. once your papers are received you go to your assigned table to stage and bag your papers for delivery. You then have to load the staged papers into your vehicle for delivery and drive to your delivery location. A typical day would end between 4 and 7:30am depending on many variables including when the truck arrived, rain, having to double bag for the rain or fog.
work for yourself by yourself with little to no guidance
poor pay, wear and tear on your vehicle, consolidation of contracts squeezes out contracted delivery drivers, convicted felons are given routes into gated communities with access codes
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – February 22, 2015
A typical work day at the Tampa Bay Times is getting over 500 complaint calls about a missing newspaper. You have to deal with several angry people on a daily. This job is good for you if you know how to keep your temper controlled and don't let words get to you.
Dying industry cutting back employees and increasing work
Product Coordinator (Former Employee) – St. Petersburg – February 13, 2015
Do NOT waste your time. Similar job posting, obviously for Times, under another heading on indeed says $10.24/hour to $14+ an hour. A joke. Started at $10.24 and no increase in over two years. No performance review. Cutting employees and increasing workloads. Management talks a good game, but does little to help out.
no! raises or performance reviews in over two years. management makes things up as they go, no equality in assigning tasks.
Busy atmosphere, high stress to deliver papers on time
Independent Newspaper Carrier (Current Employee) – Largo and Clearwater Beach FL – January 25, 2015
Pick up mail, straighten inserts, get bags, pick up mains and insert all advertisements. Count, fold and bag papers. Load car and deliver by time set by management. Any problems, call field manager. Do this 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
you are your own boss, and have days free.
you have to sleep during the day, and get up at 1:00 am to do papers.
I enjoyed working at the Times in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg Florida. You are treated as the professional that you are meaning, you are given a project / job to do, and you are expected to get it done.