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Was ok to work for
Paper Delivery (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC30 June 2018
Working for them was ok. Papers were always delivered on time and on the same 2 days a week. Hardest part of the job was trying to get the papers, in the rain and snow, to customers houses without them getting wet or ruined.
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Great Work Atmosphere
Multimedia Consultant (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB11 June 2018
just to clarify they do not have computers from the 90s, as a previous rep we were using brand new ipads to complete our sales process on. secondly the designer hubs are not sweat shops and remain with in Blackpress and North America. This is a great place to work a challenging 9 -5 monday to friday job with a really good life to work balance. The staff at the Advocate are very friendly laid back bunch and they make terrific co-workers.
Pros
free tickets to local events
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Find another place
RED DEER ADVOCATE (Former Employee) –  Red Deer, AB18 March 2018
Management is dysfunctional and they have gone through at least 20 different sales reps. I feel like they are wanting to shut the paper and combine with the Red Deer Express. Not to mention the office is so dirty and some computers from the 90's are still being used.
Pros
None
Cons
Long Hours, No compliments, cheap.
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Last resort
Head operator (Former Employee) –  Alberta28 February 2018
Blackpress took over the original profitable company that treated it's employees like they mattered, and ran it into the ground, and pretty much ruined half of the staffs lives through inept management. If you have pride and a sense of self worth ,respect, and perhaps a goal in life to succeed?? It would be the last place I would apply. If you are desperate and enjoy being taken advantage of ?? This could be the company for you.
Pros
Co workers
Cons
Management
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Unrealistic expectations, poor resources
Advertising Consultant (Former Employee) –  Abbotsford, BC30 January 2018
If you’re looking to put out maximum effort, only to be told that you just need to push a bit harder to reach your minimum target then this is a great place to work. Minimal supports are in place, technology is sub par, wage is laughable. On site designers were terminated a year ago so now all ads are designed in regional hubs (sweat shops) by low paid and overworked non designers who provide ads laden with errors. The time it takes to make a straightforward ad is ridiculous and prevents anyone from success. Management expectations are extremely unrealistic.
Pros
Coworkers are great to commiserate with
Cons
Underpaid, under appreciated, relentless demands for more effort
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Overall ok experience
Meat Department Clerk (Former Employee) –  Langley, BC25 January 2018
Working as News Paper Delivery, is not an easy job....especially during poor weather and holiday seasons. Wages vs work is also very low, does not even equal minimum wage.
Pros
Can be employed with parental approval at 13 years of age, often get small bonus items such as passes to rec center.
Cons
Heavy news papers, long paper routes for little to no money
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Get carried
Newspaper Carrier (Former Employee) –  Abbotsford, BC5 January 2018
It was a newspaper carrier job. Not much to say about it. It sucked sometimes, the pay was bad, but it was good for me as a younger child to learn about working hard
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Paper carrier
Carrier (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC15 December 2017
It was my first job delivering papers - it was a learning experience. It taught me that I needed to do my job rain or shine. The best part of the job was earning my own money.
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Worst experience job wise
Employee (Former) (Former Employee) –  BC9 December 2017
They tell you one thing and do another. They aren't honest nor do they care for their employees. Blame you for their mistakes and you take the fall...
Pros
Regular hours
Cons
Management, communication is horrible, don't set you up for success
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Great people to work with, terrible upper management
Ad Designer (Former Employee) –  Vernon, BC10 November 2017
This company undervalues their design staff. Underpaid, paying less for educated graphic designers than Pizza Hut pays their pizza cooks. They literally think that designers are "playing" on the computer.

The staff is great, friendly, very fun to be around but upper management is oblivious to what requirements are needed for those working on the ground floor. Nicknamed the "sweatshop", most designers are unable to take breaks, or lunches due to the department being understaffed.

Pizza day once a month, but the company doesn't pay for it...

Too many major changes to the programs being used monthly. These changes are made by upper management without discussing them with the design staff. So, a new expensive program is paid for without testing it first, and then management finds that the program has slowed down production in every aspect of the newspaper. Could have been avoided if they simply spoke with their design and sales staff. Management thinks they know design, they don't.

No room to grow as a designer. Very difficult to get a raise / promotion.

Hardest part of the job, deadlines. Understaffed creative department leads to overtime which leads to overworked, unhappy staff.

Most enjoyable part of the job is the people. The camaraderie is palpable. Great group setting to work in, easy to get along with people who are like minded about upper management.
Pros
Bottom floor staff are friendly and fun.
Cons
Low pay, undervalued, underappreciated by upper management
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newspaper delivery
Paper Delivery (Former Employee) –  West Kelowna, BC18 October 2017
Delivering to local community members that are purchasing regularly. In any condition of weather 2 times a week.By personal vehicle of family member..
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Great Benefits
Sales/Customer Service (Current Employee) –  Langley BC6 September 2017
Great Benefit Plan, Learned all about BC locations. Very busy day's need to meet deadlines. Multi tasking is a must. Nice and close to home. Good staff
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Not a glamorous job by all means
Delivery Driver (Current Employee) –  Victoria, BC5 July 2017
Simple, you get the papers out. You can make your own hours for the most part and use your own vehicle. If you can drive and love physical work, go at it.
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productive workplace
Newspaper Delivery Person (Current Employee) –  Surrey, BC26 June 2017
-difficult to work in bad condition weather
-good communication skills built by getting into community
-depended on time
- getting complaints and takes lots of hours by walk
-getting compliments by community
Pros
building skills
Cons
long hours
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Living wage is out of reach
Journalist (Former Employee) –  BC8 June 2017
They typically expect you to have an education and a vehicle and experience, and they they pay just a tiche over minimum wage. They've brought out all the competition on Vancouver Island and closed all the union shops. They are a profit mill with no regard for their front line workers.
Pros
It's a job
Cons
Low pay, lack of interest in human capital.
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Do not work here
Former employee (Former Employee) –  Vancouver Island, BC31 May 2017
This is a highly stressful environment with very poor management that gives no support .The only thing i learned from this company is how not to treat people.
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Small press run like a typical print sweatshop
Production Manager/Graphic Designer (Former Employee) –  Nelson, BC18 May 2017
Long hours, pressure to pump out mediocre ads and design work, focus on getting the paper to the printer, selling ads to local business owners. I learned that the small local press newspaper industry is not a sustainable one and relies on skilled workers who are willing to put in long hours for low pay to make it work. Speedy revolving door policy. Low standards of quality.
Pros
Company group dental insurance
Cons
long hours low pay, lack of care for employees, low quality design standards
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They give poor job reference
Shipper/Receiver (Former Employee) –  Burnaby, BC9 May 2017
They suck poor pay and poor safety performance. Do not apply at this sweat shop. They do not give breaks on time and they hire workers with out the proper documentaion.
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Creative
Production/Creative Associate (Former Employee) –  Vernon, BC8 May 2017
Great place to work. Management is wonderful and the employees are incredibly pleasant. I wish they had newspapers in Alberta, I would still be employed with them if they did.
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a place where youwill find bulling supervisors and coworkers and nomanagment to go to for help
COLLATOR (Former Employee) –  Ladysmith, BC1 April 2017
i worked here for 9+yrs and loved my job in the aspect of the work i enjoyeed the enviroment was terrible back stabbing co-workers and a bulling supervisor and no one to help when you need it .
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