Media General Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Media General President and CEO Vincent L. Sadusky
Vincent L. Sadusky
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Pros
  • good pay and benefits, flexible schedules (in 3 reviews)

  • Company is a well-known name in news field (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Still a newspaper, old school mindset to doing business that has been dead for at least 15 years (in 5 reviews)

  • Furloughs and staff reductions (2008-2010) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Good environment.

    Cons

    Challenging on boarding process.Poor communication throughout the building.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better training system.


  2. Hub Spiraling Out of Control

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Media General full-time

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

    Pros

    Working with very talented people in their fields at the station level and hub level. Professionalism to the highest degree.

    Cons

    Unfortunately most of these talented people are overworked and overwhelmed. Also the lack of leadership is frustrating. Currently most employees feel set up for failure and unable to meet unrealistic expectations. Many are being poached by other companies, or simply leaving without any sort of fall back.

    Advice to Management

    Change in management is needed immediately. Also, not hiring to replace employees that have left, is crushing the current staff. When there's someone having a breakdown and crying on a weekly basis, there needs to be change.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great Job, Very Low Pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn the field, expand skill set, and explore all facets of the media industry. Management is generally very excited about pursuing new ideas and initiatives.

    Cons

    The pay is the lowest I've seen from any broadcast group. Even after the multiple mergers, employees in original Media General stations saw no up-tick in salaries. The MG stations become a training ground--employees come, build experience, then get poached by Hearst, Raycom, and others because they offer more reasonable salaries. With the increase in health care premiums, many workers are looking at secondary incomes outside of the stations, which hurts focus, morale, and on-air product. I would love to make a lifetime career out of working at my MG station, but there's no way I could afford it on such a low salary with only 2% increases each year.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously consider revisiting compensation minimums company-wide, not just for new employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Business Manager

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    Current Employee - Business Manager
    Current Employee - Business Manager

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    they have so much going on that they don't notice a lot, so it's easy to slide under the radar

    Cons

    they are unstable and with the drop in their stock value, I was left up a creek wout a paddle

    Advice to Management

    start making your management communicate with non management employees so everyone has a chance to know what is going on within the company and station


  6. Helpful (1)

    Downward Spiral

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    It was good for a while, even through the rough furlough days. Pay is alright but could be much better.

    Cons

    The top tier of management is disengaged and clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Move on and stop trying to burn this institution down. Richmond burned once and that's enough.


  7. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Individual stations have an excellent work environment. Employees are all of good spirits

    Cons

    All about the bottom line.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Doesn't care about employees and treats them as expendable.

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    Current Employee - News Producer in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - News Producer in Davenport, IA

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

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

    Pros

    Own the top station in the market I live in.

    Cons

    Getting time off is next to impossible, the hours are ridiculous (not quantity, just the schedule), and management is not understanding in the least that employees have personal lives. Also, the pay is not good either.

    Advice to Management

    Show you employees that you care more by paying them a living wage, being fair, and treating them with more respect (even if this is their first job). Also understand that even though this is the news business, reporters/anchors/producers all do have family and friends.


  9. I have a pleasant opinion of Media General.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy working with my coworkers. I actually look forward to going to work. The work itself is not that stressful. My work site is in the South, amongst mild weather and low cost of living standards.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is shift stabilization. Weekly schedules are rarely stable; most department employees are expected to maintain flexiblity as we run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. But this is to be expected in this type of environment.

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay with more responsibility. Better healthcare benefit packages.


  10. Lots of opportunities as news employee. Lots of micromanaging

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Photojournalist
    Current Employee - Photojournalist

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I always had a fair amount of freedom. Do your job and you won't get bothered much. 3 weeks vacation after 3 years, 4 weeks after 10 years. You usually have what you need to work with, not much more. Pretty good benefits and PTO policy.

    Cons

    Lots of changes at the corporate level, not sure if good or bad at this point. Small raises. Typical news media company. Lots of decisions being made by people who may not understand them.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate restructuring currently going on - so not sure how that will change things. Make more of an effort to retain good employees.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Good the bad and the ugly

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is ok, and they have air conditioning inside.

    Cons

    In sales you will be surrounded by snakes, more everyone will smile in your face and then bite you in the ass if you let your guard down. Also It is one of the places that when you start and a assistant then you will stay as one. The only way to move around to something new here is to leave.



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