HAMILTON SPECTATOR
3.5 out of 5 stars.
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HAMILTON SPECTATOR Employee Review

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Hamilton Spectator is a good Company to work for. The Management Team was always helpful and understanding. The pay was good for extra cash. The depot where I had to pick up the papers to deliver was in the same city as me.

Pros

Management

Cons

Customers requests at times but didn't mind doing it

Ratings by category

4.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
1.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
4.0 out of 5 stars for Management
2.0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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Worst Job Ever

This was the worst job I have ever had. I took it to work during the night while I worked during the day to help pay the bills and I ended up just breaking even through the gas that my car guzzled from idling to stop and throw papers, and the numerous times that the company took money off my paycheque due to reasons I could not control. I was charged every time a paper was thought to be missing whereas sometimes it has rolled due to the wind. If papers were not in the exact spot that customers stated such as their door step, and had rolled across the porch due to wind, I was charged for complaints. You have to supply your own elastics which adds up quickly, and the bags are almost $30 a box which you go through very quickly when you bag hundreds of papers every night it rains or snows. The truck was often late (sometimes hours late) getting to the depot, so I would end up just sitting and waiting. I signed up for the text alerts for this and they didn’t help. The manager lied frequently to me about the terms of my contract even though I had read and analyzed it multiple times, and often ignored my emails. This job caused me more stress than my other high risk job does, it cost my car quite a bit of money in gas, my car seats are filled with black ink, and I constantly felt uncomfortable talking with the manager. I do not recommend this job, and I would suggest working your butt off somewhere else if needing extra income.

Pros

Can create your own schedule within limits of the night

Cons

Cost me more money than I made, manager made me feel uncomfortable and didn’t reply to emails, was not good for car
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Productive

Great managers, Friendly surroundings and co workersseasonal, Quick learning.never dull while being in the building
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Pays well, but staffing cuts have exposed toxic workplace culture

It was very cool to work in the Spectator building for just over a year. But elements of the workplace culture can be pretty brutal. Some 'lifers' including a sports editor who is an out-and-out bully bring the place down.

Pros

Strong union

Cons

Old thinking
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Overall rating

Based on 40 reviews

Ratings by category

3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.6 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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