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One of country's top newspapers
Sports Reporter (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHApril 10, 2017
It is a newspaper. So that automatically means it is struggling to hold on to market share. Switched from being family owned to being owned by a chain so it is not as good of a place to work now as in the past.
Pros
Flexible hours.
Cons
Part of a dying industry
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Stressful and fun
District Manager (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHMarch 10, 2017
It was fun at first but turned into a dog eat dog four years into it. Lots of misogyny and harassment but HR did nothing. No personal life. I learned a lot about the business end and had good rapport with customers, which I enjoyed immensely,
Pros
Got to meet lots of customers and became friends with many of them from diverse areas of the city.
Cons
24/7 on call, 12-14 hour days, no management support for difficult areas
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Delivery Driver (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHOctober 13, 2016
The company was good to you they help you if you need its alot to do but thats why they give you manager to help you throw a route if needed.
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Work environment akin to a information 'sweat shop'
Sr. Digital News Producer (Former Employee) –  Lewis Center, OHMay 6, 2016
The actual work was rewarding up until the company was sold last June. Toxic work environment. Everyone out for themselves. No perks. Healthcare plan was substandard. Rampant gender inequality. Males dominate management roles over females. No opportunity for advancement and pay raises were non-existent. No employee appreciation for a job well done. Management quick to call you out on tiny little mistakes instead. Poor interpersonal and interdepartmental communication. New technologies were not embraced and employee feedback/ideas fell on deaf ears. Quantity over quality is the mantra ever since the company was sold last June.Management routinely throws intelligent and talented people out the door like yesterday's garbage.
Pros
Flexible schedule but easily worked over 50 hours a week with no overtime.
Cons
Information 'sweat shop', Quantity over quality, Management could care less about their people, Management only cares about the bottom line, multiple rounds of layoffs and more to come.
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Working at ThisWeek Community Newspapers
graphic designer (Former Employee) –  Lewis Center, OHNovember 4, 2015
Fun work place with supportive management.
Many extra benefits such as health screenings and exercise rooms furnished.
Employees friendly and supportive of one another.
Pros
Great people to work with. Pride in quality of the product.
Cons
Loss of jobs, benefits, etc. after the company was sold
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too much turn over due to poor managerment
Account Executive (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHDecember 15, 2014
constantly changing commissions- lots of turn over. inconsistent sales environment.
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Fast paced and challenging environment.
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHNovember 6, 2014
Working for the largest media company in the Capital City presents both challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, the print industry is facing extreme pressure to compete with the rise of the digital age of media.
Pros
Visability
Cons
Decreased job security
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Flexible work schedule
Hopper Feeder (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHJuly 6, 2014
The job itself is incredibly easy: loading stacks of a particular ad into a machine. The work environment is loud but the company provides the workers with ear plugs. Management is relatively hands-off, allowing the workers space to do their jobs without too much oversight.
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Independent Contractor (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHFebruary 25, 2014
I did not like the hours or little pay that they offered. You can not take any time off. There is not alot of people who work there that are trust worthy or reliable.
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Productive work place
Independent Newspaper Contract Carrier (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHNovember 11, 2013
low pay, no job security, irregular hours, no ping pong table
Pros
none
Cons
low pay, no job security, irregular hours
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Good
Hopper Feeder (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OhioAugust 24, 2013
Its really easy job, the people are great to work with. The boss can be mean at times. Job is in Columbus, Ohio
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Had Management problems i thought
Hopper feeder (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHJune 16, 2013
We were required to stand at a feeder and rotate every half hour and insert adds for the papers of which included many different cities. All papers had to be out on time for delivery if there was a malfunction in the machines that the mechanics on duty had to fix we got behind and were required to stay overtime, mantatory till the total amont of papers were stacked for delivery. Seem like the co workers were hard working but management had their favorites that could do no wrong and it seemed upper Management seem to pick on older women working on the line. There were 42 seperate hoppers sometimes if someone did not show up you had to feed 2 or maybe 3 hoppers at a time and keep them filled at the speed the mechanics were running machine. It was all about production but sometimes mechanics loaded the wrong add and the hoppper feeders payed for their mistakes. The hardest part was sometimes just keeping up if the machine broke the mechanics took it out on the hopper feeders when we were not at fault and they could report you to management and put you on warning even thou they were not our bosses. I liked the people and made some friiends there learned that its not always about how fast you do something, but how correct it is done. Sometimes we would stay over and remove insterts that the mechanics loaded on skid and it was wrong add in wrong paper. That made overtime and delays which management got very upset over.
Pros
Sometimes Management buy us pizza
Cons
Timed breaks for 15 mins. don't be late
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easy job
Independent Contractor, Route Delivery (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHSeptember 11, 2012
newspaper delivery in the mornings. prepare papers by stuffing them, bagging them or rubber banding them and drive to location to start route delivery. some parts the vehicle is required and other parts are on foot. just keep deadlines and the rest of the day is yours.
Pros
only a couple of hours in the morning
Cons
must have vehicle
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Adversarial Work Environment
Independent Newspaper Contract Carrier (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHMay 5, 2012
As a Newspaper Independent Contractor Delivery Person:

A typical day at work consisted of delivering newspapers; kept payment records, made collections, responded to and resolved customer complaints.

I learned newspaper subscription record bookkeeping.

The company was very adversarial in their management by inexperienced staff not understatnding what to do with a declining customer base.

Many of the co-workers were also frustrated.

The hardest part of the job was to meet delivery deadlines to customers when papers were late to us.

There was no enjoyable part of the job.
Pros
nothing
Cons
no short breaks, no healthcare, no job satisfaction, no job security, low pay.
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Work independently
Route Carrier (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHNovember 22, 2011
Route carriers are indepedent contractors. You work early morning hours (3am-6:30am M-W,F; 1am-6:30am Th; 3am-8am Sat; 11pm Sat-8am Sun). You have to collate your papers and ads, bag them and insure and accurate count, then deliver in a timely and accurate manner. You deliver the Columbus Dispatch, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times and the Individual Business Daily.
Pros
christmas tips, only 31 hours per week.
Cons
7 days a week, no benefits, use your own vehicle, minimal gas reimbursment, claim your own taxes, purchase all equipment. paid per paper delivered.
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