Cox Media Group Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. Meh, could be a lot better.

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    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Advertising Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Large company which means there at least exist the possibility to grow/ develop and move on internally.

    Cons

    Pay is sad unless you're in a select class of management. No clue on how to obtain that designation however. This is a private company so there's no external pressure to streamline and shine a light in the darkest corners of the company. What's really tough is if you get put on team AJC....or I'd imagine any print brand under the CMG umbrella. This was torture. It's like working on the Titanic as it's going down....meanwhile no one from management wants to admit the obvious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize. Move to a meritocracy and away from a buddy-buddy type hierarchy. Furthermore, move everyone around under the umbrella. Cross company/ brand competency would be awesome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. The company has changed over the years and is trying to get on the corporate bandwagon which is appreciated.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Big company and you get a pension and are fully vested after five years. it's 70% base which is nice. Most TV Ad sales jobs are 100% commission.

    Cons

    Lack of training when it comes to digital. They just want you to select it and have outrageous goals that are unattainable. Thus ensuring that you won't make your full salary. They should offer a lot more trainings to employees--not just in digital but period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your people. Don't invest in new companies to get in line with the future and not invest in employees that have been there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. I hate midnights

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Began part time and in less than 2 years was a full time supervisor

    Cons

    Degrees not useful, not easy to get into management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open minded and honest with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Pretty good

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    Current Employee - Shared Services in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Shared Services in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay. Front-line bosses who care. Pension, health insurance, 401(k). Appreciation of work. Kind telling of things that could be better. Surrounded by inspiring talent and hard work.

    Cons

    Compared to other companies and other newsrooms, can't really think of anything. This is a privately held company, so it's missing some of the crazy pandering to stockholders -- although the bottom line is still obviously important.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cox Media Group

    Pros

    Nice people, great support team.

    Cons

    Lots of change over the past two years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cox Media Group

    Pros

    Good benefits and good company reputation

    Cons

    Lack of career opportunities in the field of expertise

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Its A Check

    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Traffic Coordinator in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cox Media Group

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great CoWorkers. Nice Location.

    Cons

    Low Morale. Managers treat you like pre school. Very Cutthroat.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    They Train the Industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time

    Pros

    A good place to gain a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the television spot sales industry. Anywhere else you go in this industry you are likely to meet people who came out of this company. It is a the subsidiary of privately owned company, and as such puts a great deal of value into employee benefits, and job security is sound. The sales training program is recognized as the gold standard within the industry. If you are planning a career in television sales this is a good place to get your start.

    Cons

    Private companies, like this one, can only count on the capital that they create through their own industry. That means that employee compensation, particularly for low level employees, is generally tempered by other financial concerns. If you are not on a sales track in your career, opportunity for advancement withing the company is severely limited. Work stations are also very cramped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of lip service payed to employee involvement in innovation within the company, but the tread where the rubber meets the road is inconsistent at best. When you say that you are opening up new opportunities for experienced employees, and then shut them down before they've even had an opportunity to compete, that is not a great way to get them on board. If you say you are looking at internal candidates, you ought to give them a fighting chance. The company has a lot of good people at all levels, but some of the talent is being undervalued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good introduction into the industry.

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    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Promotions Assistant in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Cox Media Group part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Really, the only word that comes to mind is "family". The culture in this building is really unlike any other. Everyone is extremely willing to help if you ever need it. There is also a lot of opportunity to try different things while you are working part time promotions. It is not uncommon for PT promotions employees to get trained at the front desk or in programming. You can also take advantage of all the experience in the building! If you work hard, you will get noticed and you will be able to make lasting business connections.

    Cons

    When I was officially hired (I started as an intern) I was told that CMG loves to hire/promote from within. At this point, I have applied for 5 different full time positions, all of which I was completely qualified for, only to get the same "we need someone with more experience" line each time. Also, I've seen and experienced them put a full time work load on part time employees without ever promoting them to full time. It was sometimes difficult to balance work and life because it was not uncommon for the promotions department to need last minute coverage. They will work you to the bone if you let them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is some amazing talent in the building that's being overlooked. Instead of adding on more work for the existing employees, promote existing part time employees who have proven they want to be there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Mixed Bag.

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    Former Employee - Traffic/Continuity in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Traffic/Continuity in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Immediate supervisor was outstanding. Loved my co-workers.

    Cons

    Pay was marginal at best. Upper Management sorely out of touch with what goes on in the trenches. Worst HR Manager I have ever worked with in 25 years of work experience. Lots of cuts while I was there but in all the wrong places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting support staff and start axing some superfluous middle management.

    No opinion of CEO

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