A company that cares little about its employees or its customers
Writer/Online Editor (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 6 April 2018
Postmedia is Canada's largest news media chain, and also perhaps the one least interested in serving its stated purpose of informing the public through high-quality journalism. In recent years, it has bought dozens of local news publications, shut many of them down, downsized many others, and centralized editorial control over most. Some major Canadian markets (Calgary and Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa) now only have Postmedia daily newspapers, and many of those now share their newsrooms. Content is largely shared network-wide with fewer and fewer exceptions. Local and/or investigative reporting is next to nonexistent and upper management has frequently interfered with editorial boards in the service of endorsing Conservative politicians during elections.
On a personal level, there's very little care for career advancement. Top execs are largely disinterested in the concerns of the rank-and-file, few of whom are either rewarded for good work or called out for the opposite. Few opportunities for advancement or salary negotiation exist. When I was there, a merit increase program was eventually taken over by upper management and divvied out without any input from managers.
All the while, there was ongoing anxiety about the company's future. Each quarterly report was worse than the previous one, except when the losses were offset by "savings" (layoffs). Morale was low for years, breeding an employee culture that was at once fatalistic and cynical, while still trying to maintain enough passion and pride to continue to produce good work (which many still did).
Still a good opportunity to build a portfolio of published work and have it read by large audiences
Negative company culture, questionable long-term prospects on both personal and company-wide scale