Cox Media Group Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Co-workers pretty friendly; good benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits that come with the job, health/dental/vision (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • At times hard to communicate with upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • Very little recognition and low pay (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Myopic leadership steering the company in the wrong direction

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    CMG has excellent benefits as part of the Cox family of companies, and the backing of the corporate behemoth suggests that the company can weather whatever befalls the media industries as a whole and will tend to support its employees through whatever transitions may come.

    Cons

    Contrary to what another reviewer stated as "bloat" in the technology division, CMG's technology department suffers from myopic leadership, where the primary driver for technology solutions is "whatever the media division wants" at any given time. The "mediocre digital products" from the technology department are a direct result of these variate desires designed by committee. Software development processes are being driven from a product management organization that's far more concerned with the status quo than producing working software. While the corporation as a whole attempts to promote diversity in the workplace, technology's upper management has eliminated many of the diverse leaders in the organization, and the roster of leadership now reads like your average Silicon Valley board.

    Advice to Management

    Save money by trusting your technical contributors' opinions on questions of technology over the paid opinions of third parties. Stop changing directions/methods/opinions based on whatever shiny new technology/methodology catches your eye, and give time for existing changes to give you measurable results to evaluate before reacting to perceived inefficiencies. Value everyone in your organization, from those who agree with you to vehement naysayers--they, too, would like the company to be a success. Give them a forum where they can voice constructive feedback.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Talent Acquisition

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    Former Employee - One of the Million of Contractors Which Churned and Burned in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - One of the Million of Contractors Which Churned and Burned in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cox Media Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart and talented people at the Company!

    Cons

    Senior mgmt had no idea what they were doing. Lots of turnover!

    Advice to Management

    Refrain from hiring the wrong talent to senior positions which actually manage people.


  3. Douchy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They work with high profile clients

    Cons

    They treat you like gum on the bottom of your shoe


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  5. Helpful (3)

    If you fit in well with sororities/fraternities, you may Love this place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Company is attempting to come into new age of media.

    Cons

    To start, turnover is a great indicator of what's lacking - Leadership. Sad that current management allows specific staff to "run the show" and make final business decisions. I even asked management for help once, and found they turned to -their- boss... so what exactly is their role? Beware. If you aren't "welcomed" into the "click," you'll never get ahead much less noticed for -any- work you do. I often heard the clicky group bad-mouthing another person out loud... at first, I thought I misheard; appalled to say I heard right! Even -if- that person didn't hear them, what do they say about 'you' when you're not around? Seriously lacking moral compass. And, no issues with lying to your face; from staff up to management. To verify this, I asked two different people (who had input) the same question about my review, and each one sent me to the other claiming, "you should ask so-n-so, I don't know the answer." Caught. Why would they treat me well, when they don't even treat each other well? Each group works in silo, and doesn't share knowledge. So, you end up wasting a lot of time in endless, unproductive meetings, trying to gather info from different groups, who are working on the SAME project. Chaotic and unproductive. But a great place if you like those things.

    Advice to Management

    No words.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Not a place that I would recommend.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None, There is nothing about this company worth bragging about.

    Cons

    People play favorites. Those that are liked do what they want.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Be careful what you wish for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Consultant in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Media Consultant in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you have experience selling Radio or Television it would be a 50/50 shot

    Cons

    Little or no training, No guidance, no mentor program. Guppies will be eaten by sharks.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage new hires, or don't hire those with little or no experience in TV No one manages talent they manage via spreadsheet.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Run out the door, DON'T WALK.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a free soda pop cooler, and a free coffee machine. You can pick the equipment you prefer to use.

    Cons

    Management is directionless, lost promises, claims to be open source friendly - but a completely adverse to investing into open source. Management is young, and unproven. As leaders they leave a lot to be desired for Senior and Seasoned engineers/developers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some real talent in the management pool. Stop pretending to foster a culture that care, and actually implement it.


  9. Horrific. Unqualified management. Company can not make up it's mind on where they want to go!!!

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good money - well , before they increase your quota and then lower your commission.... for the third time in a single year.

    Cons

    Constant change. I had 4 managers and 3 VP changes is just under 2 years. Fraternity/sorority like behavior as far as getting ahead. If you are completely unqualified for an advanced position it's OK! You're hired!! - as long as you are "besties" with the person hiring for the position. VERY unprofessional conduct in meetings - directors and managers would CRY in meetings and constantly yell at the sales staff It was embarrassing to watch. NOT ONE PERSON will ever hold themselves accountable for their mistakes because they are too afraid of getting fired.

    Advice to Management

    Be professional. Be passionate. MAN UP. Take responsibility. Stop blaming others for your terrible management skills. Start noticing the employees that work hard and genuinely care for the outcome of the client. There are so many talented and hard working professionals that are really good at what they do and deserve to be promoted. I saw too many people who deserved promotions getting passed over for an employee who had far less qualifications and experience. Let the sales staff do their job - stop calling 3 to 5 last minute meetings a week to discuss how poorly they are doing when the sales staff needs to be out in the field getting the job done - how do you expect them to work when you keep them in the office listening to you complain about their numbers?? My ultimate advice - CLEAN HOUSE OF UPPER MANAGEMENT. Get rid of them. it's the only way to prevent the same cycle of sorority sister and good 'ol boy type behavior. Bring in optimistic and REALISTIC personalities who have recently worked in the field. Marketing is constantly changing and the old school mentality is not a good fit for the market.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Pfffff.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    90% of the people you'll work with are great

    Cons

    Management is APPALLING and there is no acknowledgement of loyal past with the company. Upper Management's biggest flaw is that they have awful middle-management that micromanages every task and allows for no recognition of positive achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Show a little respect for the loyal employees that you pay garbage to, even after several years.


  11. Last Place You Want To Work

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Base salary is ok if u can like on 40k

    Cons

    Old products, over priced, poor training, always new flavor of the month.



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