Cox Media Group

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Cox Media Group Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
108 Reviews
3.2
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Pros
  • They seem to care about the employees providing good benefits and pension (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. 2 people found this helpful  

    A once great family company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    A chance to work with strong TV/Radio/NP brands across the US.

    Cons

    A few years ago, Cox Enterprises sent in project managers to Cox Media Group to review various business units. The PM that came to review our group had no prior knowledge of our specialty, yet made recommendations to slice and dice people and positions (including our Sr. Director). Ultimately this PM was promoted to Sr. Director over the teams (shocker)... with absolutely no experience in our specialty. The groups were all looked at as generic widgets with random positions being cut, consolidated, and then recreated. One entire group was cut only to be outsourced to India (come on Cox, aren't you a family company??)

    Growth is limited for employees and any of the perks that were available a few years back have disappeared... except for the free soda. I enjoyed most of my time with this company, but it went downhill in mid-2013 when the proverbial "s" started hitting the fan due to failed projects. Random staff changes started occurring and the rumor mill went wild.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't look at people as widgets, there is a lot of data that cannot be captured in spreadsheets. Listen to the teams, keep on top of trends, check salaries comparative to other ATL companies, and improve the healthcare benefits (again, Cox is a family company... why are the health insurance benefits so poor?)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, but the pay...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Producer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Digital Producer in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people, fun, rewarding work. Benefits are thorough, and there are some cool perks. the biggest strength is definitely the people.

    Cons

    The pay - or lack thereof. Dismally minuscule compensation, coupled with a complete inability to advance makes for a pretty glum experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline advancement opportunities. Look out for talented employees. And - full time employees need better compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Scheduling Nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company consolidated all traffic positions in the city of Atlanta in an effort to make things more efficient - I applaud this effort.

    Cons

    It seems when the campaign fulfillment center was started it wasn't quite thought out. There were not enough people hired and your scheduled changed every month, with shift start times ranging from 6 a.m. to noon, which makes it very hard to live life outside of work if you have to be at work at 6 a.m. one month and noon the next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More consistency toward processes. Don't work the employees to death to make the markets happy and be more open to what employees are suggesting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inexperience confused by the modern age.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Full-time telework and flexible work hours are fantastic. Very friendly team. The old-timers are willing to help new hires learn and grow. Great place to start your career out of school. Good starting pay and benefits.

    Cons

    This is a company of ancient relics racing toward a destination they don't understand in an attempt to outrun obsolescence. Project leaders have never worked in big software before - setting unreasonable deadlines and punishing the team for not meeting them. All the key knowledge and responsibility is placed on only a few of us, yet we are not rewarded at all. Countless 60-70 hour weeks with no bonus, no raise, no promotion - nothing. Going the extra mile on special after-hours projects is ignored and sometimes even discouraged.

    The organization has recently introduced a massive layer of completely unneeded middle management to help grease the wheels on modernizing their CMS product. The problem is that none of the people they hired to run the show have any background in big tech - and I mean absolutely none. All from small outfits with only a few years experience with large software systems - if any at all. This is classic case of message passing and 'delegating' to appear looking busy, when the bulk of the actual work is done by a very small corp of us. This is well known in the team too and demonstrated by very high turnover - let me put it this way, an 'old-timer' is someone who's stuck around over 2 years. Sad.

    Don't look for career advancement here - there is none.. at all. There are some who have been waiting for their shot at management for many many years and were completely passed up for inexperienced new hires who talked a good game, but are proving to be totally incompetent and overbearing. Proof that the hiring process is laughable at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sever all this wasteful and antagonistic middle-management. Layers and layers of 'managers' who contribute nothing but get all the power. Require reading the following of all management: The Mythical Man-month by Fred Brooks. Also, top leadership should consider reading The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong - because it exactly outlines everything you are doing wrong and how you are not the first to make these mistakes. You had and still have a lot of great talent in your ranks, but you have no idea what to do with them - better figure it out soon before the rest of us leave too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    What A Disappointment - Don't Relocate Here for a Job!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers pretty friendly; good benefits.

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers have you running around in circles. Very poor on-boarding/training, contrary to what they tout on their website. Extremely corporate environment in which you're expected to comply at all costs. Very high turnover as a result of all this...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop an actual training curriculum so that more people will stay. Teach new employees how to do the job effectively instead of letting them fall on their faces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to get sales training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Radio Sales
    Former Employee - Radio Sales

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, opportunity to earn a lot if you are successful in sales. They offer a sales training program.

    Cons

    Difficult to develop new business - always a lot of pressure to deliver new business. Sometimes the employees in radio tend to lack class. They will do anything for a sale. There is a lot of social drinking in this business, which I personally have no problem with, however people tend to get out of hand and lack morals when over indulging, which leads to major lack of professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nothing exceptional about this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Good work / life balance

    Cons

    my observation on the IT side - too many meetings. There are meetings to decide future meetings. Not much opportunity for career advancement. Salaries are below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve pay and make it close to market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    CMG

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family owned and run company. They seem to care about the employees providing good benefits and pension.

    Cons

    The problem comes in that caring doesn't seem to carry down through they're managers at some locations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Corporate Marketing Professional who supported many sales teams with various marketing strategies. Building client base.

    Current Employee - Marketing in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities will come your way if you are innovative and adapt to change and consolidation.

    Cons

    Unstable industry to consider but a competitive environment and much opportunity.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    overworked, underpaid and underappreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Operations in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Advertising Operations in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cox is a big name, so it is great on a resume and conversation piece. Great benefits that come with the job, health/dental/vision.

    Cons

    Very little recognition and low pay. People take credit for things they didn't do. No matter what you do, you will always be "equal" to your co-workers and that is extremely not the case. Workloads are completely uneven. Though pay does not reflect how hard you work. This is not a place you want to work if you want to be appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees succeed and give them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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