Service Desk Analyst (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – June 19, 2018
Bridgetower media was a challenging work environment. While I was there we were unfortunately under-staffed and I was asked to help pick up the slack. Which I gladly did, however it was stressful and was difficult to sustain for a long period of time.
Some great brands with friendly co workers. Seems like we are repeating the same mistakes when we were known as Dolan however because we are now owned by Gatehouse, health and wellness benefits are greatly improved but poor monetary compensation lowers total package.
Work Life Balance
No money to invest in properties that need it most
The Daily Record is owned by larger corporate company BridgeTower, and this is the main cause of tension in the office and poor work environment. To accomplish anything, it usually has to go through higher up in another department in another state, and much of the day to day is just waiting to hear back from people that work elsewhere. The company has outsourced many of it's operations which has really hurt our relationships with customer and our ability to work quickly and efficiently. On top of this, local managers tend to shift blame and even make excuses for the people that we pay to work for us that we have outsourced to, rather than helping the employees in their own office out or to enforce our standards. Managers feel less like authority figures and more like coworkers, since we are unable to approach them for advice or to express concerns without them turning the conversation to their own grievances and offering no solutions.
Graphic Designer (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – August 23, 2017
The Special Projects Management is lacking. Designers are expected to not only project manage, but also communicate with outside vendors for numerous properties, with very tight deadlines. There is little to no training and when asking for help, most instances management is not available or helpful. Long hours and angry clientele.
Sales (Former Employee) – Ronkonkoma, NY – June 28, 2017
Horrible organization to work for. The dishonesty is unbelievable to the point that you'll feel as though you are being pranked. The base salary is low and commission structure is sketchy. Save yourself the stress and apply somewhere else.
Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – June 14, 2017
The culture is absolutely not understanding of sales. Micro-management off the charts from a larger corporation who fails to care about their employees or their clients. Leadership is weak and "yes-man" oriented ---focused on the bottom line and revenue without appreciation of the revenue generated from a sales team. There is no support for the sales team. You are not just a sales person but an accounts receivable administrator, creative director, with no in-bound leads nor any administrative support.
Reporter (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – April 21, 2017
Reporters were pitted against each other in this environment, and I was expected to work more than 60 hours a week (with no overtime) under constant pressure, leaving little time or energy for a home life.
Some of the friendliest and most supportive coworkers you'll ever meet. Very collaborative environment with opportunity for more responsibility. Everyone is exposed to and learns a lot in their time here. Can sometimes be difficult to manage time with constant last-ditch sales efforts that can be very last minute. Company was recently acquired by a public company and there have been cuts, which seem to have potential to continue.
Collaborative environment, 22 days PTO starting, office pot-lucks, free food every week
Advertising Director (Former Employee) – Baltimore, MD – May 18, 2016
Flexible schedules if you're performing to moving expectations. Great audience opinion about awards program and a logical sales opportunity for sponsorships. Poor distribution model with steady declining print subscriptions and slow growth in digital adoption. There is overall poor investment in technology, training, and talent development.
Public Notice Department (Former Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – November 17, 2015
Never new from day to day when you were going to get off from work, made it difficult to make plans. I worked for a small department and quickly had a lot of responsibility added to my work load which I agreed to, but it was difficult to get quality people into the department and keep them for what the company wanted to pay them which is ultimate one of the reasons why I left.
Sports Editor (Current Employee) – Hamilton, AL – July 21, 2015
A typical day includes working in office for six to eight hours before driving to a sporting event for an additional two to four hours. The hardest part is the hours while the most enjoyable part is the opportunity to learn many different skills.
Telemarketer (Former Employee) – Somerset, NJ – July 2, 2015
My days were simple. I would appear at noon to start my four-hour telemarketing shift. I would call businesses all through New Jersey to confirm the addresses to send everyone a free subscription to NJBIZ. Over the course of six years, I learned how to listen to people – to identify the point at which my sales pitch was making them nervous, which is that I would back off and try a different tack. My coworkers were very good, both telemarketers and the creative and editorial staff, who we could hear working, all around us. That was what I liked best. Even though I was not an employee, but rather a contractor, I was made to feel a part of the team and not just a contractor.