Digital First Media

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Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Great digital products, but lacks direction.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Director
    Current Employee - Sales Director

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great digital products. Seems to always be leading the industry.

    Cons

    Company mission is to cut cost, not to invest and grow. Employees are not appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to ground level feedback and make adjustments as needed.

  2. One of the most frustrating work experiences of my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Multi Media Account Executive in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Multi Media Account Executive in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Digital First Media

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

    Pros

    My peers and my customers

    Cons

    I have worked in many leadership roles at large corporations. My role here was as a MultiMedia Digital Consultant at the Pioneer Press/Twincities.com. I have to say, that most of the management is the absolute worst I have ever been surrounded by. Very incompetent. They do not know how to coach, provide value, establish a clear vision, create excitement, develop individuals, etc.

    The training is an embarrassment. People are in jobs because they have been here for 20+ not because they are qualified to be in their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    They need to have a third party consultant come in to provide advice as to what needs to be done as a company to effectively manage the business.

  3. Where to begin?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Editor in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    If you're just starting out as a journalist, you will learn A LOT working for this company because you will be forced to do a dozen different jobs.

    Cons

    So many cons... Leadership is largely incompetent and ineffective. They've got a "let's throw everything at the wall and see what sticks" attitude toward looking for new digital platforms and what will be sustainable, profitable and effective moving forward instead of coming up with a sound game plan.

    Not to mention you'll probably be working about 60 hours a week just to keep your head above water (and then get yelled at if you claim more than 40 hours each week on your time sheet) for very lousy pay. No one's seen a raise in years from what I've heard from the vets. I don't make enough to move out of my parents' house with my student debt, and I'm now three years out of college. Plus they keep cutting staff and expect the people left to put out the same amount of print and digital product.

    The problem is they have no clue what they're doing and can't make their digital platforms profitable, so they're still dependent on "legacy" revenue (i.e. print), but as that slowly decreases the company slowly dies, so they squeeze more profit out by cutting staff and resources and demanding the same output. I honestly think they're just seeing how much money they can make off it before it finally crashes and burns at this point.

    Bottom line: stay away. It's a horrible environment to work in and I honestly don't see this company surviving another five or 10 years...

    Advice to Management

    Cut the smokescreen and be honest with your employees about the state the company's in. I'm tired of having to look up news about the company from other sources instead of being told what's going on. I've never seen a media company with so little transparency and such bad communications skills.

    If you do care about the future of the company, slow down and test new digital platforms and strategies one at a time to find out what works and what doesn't, though you may not have the time for that at this point.

    Finally, and most of all, stop treating your employees like garbage. There are people here who have poured their life and soul into this company and you continue to pay them poorly and force them to work harder. Why would anyone want to work for a company that treats its people like trash?

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  5. Poor pay and no future. They don't value your education or abilities. Rewards are based on being an extrovert.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Web Designer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Digital First Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing Nothing Nothing Nothing and Nothing

    Cons

    They never give raises any more in many departments. They promote people who have less education, fewer skills than you do and reward people on who are extroverts. Introverts have NO future with this company. It angers me that upper management doesn't know anything about what your skills or education are. They don't talk to you or get to know you. They now refuse to get to know you to see what you have to offer. The whole time I've worked here it's all about promoting people who turn out less work than you do and are just more socially outgoing. That doesn't necessarily make you a better employee. They outsource more and more so the better jobs are sent overseas to India and the Philippines. I was first hired in my current position to use Flash, use html, use php, use css, and be creative. Now they won't allow me to use any of those skills on the job. The good jobs are outsourced, sent to other departments, or even outsourced to other companies within the U.S. They don't think about the little people. They actually have recently been using an online program to upload ads that makes it harder to do your job. The upper management people don't know about how the little guy does his job so now they make it more time consuming. Management is always behind the ball with technology. Upper management should be fired!!!!! They dumb down my job position.

    Advice to Management

    GET TO KNOW EMPLOYEES SKILLS!!!!!!! ACTUALLY GET TO KNOW THEM. Now they even make it harder for the introverts. So and so can't talk to so and so. There is so much stupid corporate politics. You can only talk to people based on their chain of command. I feel like my pockets have been picked by this company. I worked so hard to acquire skills and all you do is rip and shred my job skills apart not allowing me to use them on the job. I resent you for this!!!!! You make me have to work harder and harder outside of work to keep up job skills and I can't show future employers that I have used acquired job skills at my actual crappy job. It takes time and money to acquire these job skills. P.S. I'm not putting the actual location so you don't know who I am. You upset me.

  6. Hard times for newspapers

    • 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 Digital First Media

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

    Pros

    People on the front lines are smart and work hard.

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunities. Lots of turmoil.

    Advice to Management

    Define a clear strategy and commit to it. Saying you're for sale isn't it.

  7. Not ready to move forward

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Phila, PA

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers, several offices in the area and its a good job fresh out of college to learn how to sale.

    Cons

    Upper management had no clue how to move us forward. Training from people who didnt know the products just reading off a card.

    Advice to Management

    Hire digital people to move company forward.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Another struggling Media Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising
    Current Employee - Advertising

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company trying very hard to stay on cutting edge of transition from print to digital but it has been a very slow process. I don't think the business model is quite on target with what the general public is wanting in the digital world as far as content and where the advertisers can capitalize their advertising dollars. The web sites are boring and uninviting and hard to navigate.

    Cons

    Low pay, no raises for years , no matching funds on 401K. I have been in media over 27 years and if I had been smart should have bailed this industry 17 years ago. I have seen 3 bankruptcies , one IPO only to get d-listed from NYSE several years later. The stock options that were rewarded each year as opposed to pay increases became worthless pieces of paper. Too much uncertainty about the next few years.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in you employees with training and equipment - they are your biggest asset. Company is top heavy in management. Need more integration among the business units from content, circulation and advertising so all are on the same page and working toward a cohesive product for the digital age to keep are customer base engaged..

  9. Great Products, Uncertain Future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong product set to offer SMBs,, good fulfillment. Company always looking to improve client offerings.

    Cons

    Very uncertain future, rumors of sell off of various properties. Poor internal reporting systems to measure performance, way behind other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Too much expense cutting, hurting ability of organization to be client focused.

  10. At an inflection point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to senior management, flexible schedule, pay scale if you're on the right end of it.

    Cons

    stability, the brains and decisions of those senior managers

    Advice to Management

    You can't get blood from a stone

  11. Helpful (1)

    Newspaper trying to transition to a Digital company with no strategy or committed managers!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Various in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Various in Lowell, MA

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Some nice people work there.

    Cons

    No company culture or values. Most long term employees are merely collecting paychecks and put little effort into the job. Company doesn't have the right skills to make the transition work. Too much financial accountability all the time and not enough time to do the job at hand. President severely lacks people skills, compassion and respect towards employees. Last, too much disrespect & yelling at each other.

    Advice to Management

    Involve yourself with employees. Show genuine care and interest in the staff, don't just sit in your ivory tower cutting people & expenses all the time. Create a culture where employees feel valued, respected and want to work there.

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