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Technical Project Manager (Former Employee), Chicago, ILAugust 8, 2014
Pros: many new tools on the way as company continues to evolve
Cons: may not be sufficient long term funding to realize fundamental change
Environment has many applications not fully integrated as there have been constant acquisitions. There was a very big cut at the end of 2013, in preparation for the publishing spin off. System environment is in desperate need of operational process maturity. Some seasoned agile process pockets exist in app dev.
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Excellent place to work
Senior Editor (Former Employee), QueensburyJuly 22, 2014
Great advancement, educational options, comfortable environment
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Company filled with good people working hard to do a great job
Controller WDCW/WPMT (Former Employee), Washington, DCJuly 19, 2014
Had opportunity to travel and see how other business units operated.
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Great people, uncertain future
Product Manager (Current Employee), Chicago, ILJuly 13, 2014
Pros: smart people willing to help you learn, relatively laid back environment, great for self-starters who don't require a lot of training
Cons: disorganized technology department, lack of communication from upper management, lots of projects that seem to be low-priority to stakeholders
Tribune Company is really in a state of transition. The company came out of bankruptcy last year, is the process of splitting the publishing and broadcasting sectors, and meanwhile, is trying to find the best ways to deliver news in a world where print is steadily declining, and no one seems to really have the key strategy to monetizing online content.

Working – more... in the Digital group, there's lots of coordination between the various groups in Publishing (marketing, advertising, editorial to name a few) and technology teams to deliver online products that support the websites of our 8 major newspapers. Product teams work to analyze the challenges within Publishing and devise ways to improve content delivery using metrics and revenue reports as main drivers.

Overall, the company has some great, smart people at all levels. It's an interesting time to be in the media/publishing industry in general because of how technology continues to change the way we consume news. The past year has been challenging, especially in Digital/Technology with leadership changes and layoffs. Management seems to do the best they can to relay strategy from the top down, but there has continued to be a lack of clear direction, or perhaps the belief that those not in management positions simply don't need to know. Additionally, there are struggles with folks who still have an old, print mindset and don't quite understand technology and digital consumer behaviors, which causes confusion when working on a project where they are the main stakeholders. However despite those kinds of difficulty, I think the company can really only go up from here. – less
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Productive and Easy Going Management Needs Work
Senior Remittance Processing Specialist (Former Employee), Chicago, ILJuly 12, 2014
Friendly and fast pace management is was not solid and structured well.
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A great learning experience.
Sales/Customer Service Manager (Former Employee), Chicago, ILJuly 8, 2014
A great learning experience.
Fast paced and high intensity.
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Great place to Intern
Enterprise Architecture Intern (Current Employee), Chicago, ILMay 31, 2014
I am getting a lot of experience at the Tribune Company. It is a little crazy since they are through some major changes but there is always something for me to do and something to help with. My superiors are very nice and willing to help me. It's a very laid back atmosphere. I am very grateful for the opportunity.
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Great opportunity for me to take the initiative and make things happen
Director, Workforce Development (Former Employee), Baltimore, MDMay 4, 2014
Pros: opportunities
Cons: hr team dynamics
Great opportunity for me to take the initiative to make things happen and get involved in many projects.
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Excellent Work Environment
Platform Manager (Former Employee), Chicago, ILApril 29, 2014
Pros: good compensation and health benefits, fun work environment
Cons: news organization
Dynamic Team centric work environment. Ability to grow with your abilities and strengths.
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Too much uncertainty
VPā€“Enterprise Business and Technology (PMO) (Former Employee), Chicago, ILMarch 27, 2014
Pros: the people are exceptionally dedicated
Cons: no leadership / vision
The Tribune is a difficult place to work. Revenues decline every year, which is followed by staff cuts. There doesn't appear to be a clear vision from the top as to how this organization is going to survive the decline of the newspaper industry
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Productive and relaxed work place.
Campaign Specialist (Current Employee), Tribune TowerFebruary 20, 2014
Pros: co-workers are fun and easy-going; individuals are able to work at their own pace.
Cons: current position is temporary.
A typical day begins with a review of the Google Share document so to create an outline of reports, screenshots, and basic up-keep of campaigns for the day. Throughout the day basic duties are related to the creation of new billing accounts and the direct communication with Sale Representatives for accounts.
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A flailing company
Systems Analyst (Former Employee), Queensbury, NYJanuary 25, 2014
Pros: interesting work. comfortable work space.
Cons: no job stability. minimal chance for advancement.
It started as two competing privately, locally owned television listing companies in the same town. In 1985, Tribune Media Services acquired Torrington/Tribune Data. In 2001, Tribune Media Services acquired TVData Technologies. Both Torrington/Tribune Data and TVData Technologies were great companies to work for and the environment was quite familial-like. – more... Tribune Media Services has evolved into a unstable, unprofitable company that has seen no one retire voluntarily since their takeover in 2001. Tribune Media Services is management top heavy and managers are to follow orders from Chicago, which are often not in line with the best interests of the customers, employees or company division. – less
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Temporary Work Assignment
Contract Assignment (Former Employee), Chicago, ILNovember 12, 2013
Pros: got to work back downtown
Cons: temporary work assignment
This was a temporary work assignment, however my co-workers for extremely nice.
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Engineer (Current Employee), ChicagoNovember 8, 2013
Pros- excellent work life balance
very flexible
lots of projects to work on
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A family oriented company,Productive
Systems Engineer Specialist (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAOctober 21, 2013
A family oriented company, and gained a lot of knowledge,experience on the latest technology of Information Technology, Have worked with a lot of IT staff who are a team player.
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A current day for me
On air talent/reporter (Current Employee), Indianapolis, INOctober 14, 2013
Pros: usually done by noon
Cons: days can get long if there are issues or if the situation merits we stay on longer
A typical day, while not limited to the following, includes arriving early after 3am to review prior day problems or concerns, setting up work station for gathering traffic information, going over show notes, and then doing reports every 15 minutes or as needed.
After the newscast, I usually spend a bit of the morning going out with a photog shooting – more... construction sites and turning those into pieces for the web as well as for use in the next day's show. – less
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Great people and intellectually challenging work.
Analyst (Current Employee), Chicago, ILOctober 10, 2013
The work is intellectually challenging and diverse. The work environment is relaxed and comfortable, and management is respectful and professional.
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Satisfying work with like minded employees.
Electrical Technician (Current Employee), Baltimore, MDOctober 5, 2013
Pros: challenging work
Cons: scheduling
Fast paced newspaper printing giant. The work is satisfactory and you are responsible for training yourself to come up to speed.

I learned the control schemes of various printing equipment and delivery systems related to production of the newspaper industry. Mailroom insertion equipment and robotic stacking equipment.

Management works very hard to – more... keep the company profitable with the declining buisness in this type of industry.

The hardest part of the job is the "Slide" or flex schedule. You cannot plan anything in advance with you life or family.

I feel the most enjoyable part of job is keeping the equipment running on a shoestring budget. You really find out how creative you can become when you are backed into a corner. – less
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Account Executive (Former Employee), Chicago, ILSeptember 23, 2013
Pros: organization, respect, benefits, salary, family and work balance.
Cons: for me it was hard to move to another position
Working at the tribune was the best work experience from a new graduate student. I learn all about culture, good environment, friendly people and well compensated.
Benefits, jobs hours, time management, organization, goals all were in a same path.
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Great company, great travel perks but poor complensation
Account Executive (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CASeptember 16, 2013
Pros: trabel to other countries
Cons: low pay
I loved to work for this company. had a great manager from whom I learned tremendously. I used to love traveling to other countries however the pay was low and not a lot of time to spend at home

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