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2.6 55 reviews

17% Approve of the CEO

Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton

Marshall N. Morton

(36 ratings)

26% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay and benefits, flexible schedules(in 3 reviews)

  • Active TV news industry; Health Insurance Better than Average; Vacation Days; High(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Crying out to upper management for help produced no results(in 3 reviews)

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Bait and switch

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood ratings in the industry, fair benefits

    ConsThey have a great "pitch" to get you on board. Beware of the details they don't share. Be sure to ask how many people are there this year versus last year. Management style is from the '50's. The "boys club" reigns and double standard is rampant: men vs women. The exception is the female senior manager that has even the rank and file quaking in their boots; just because she can. They have absolutely no sense of customer service either. Digital journalists are hired and fired with not even 90 days to prove themselves. They do not have a progressive disciplinary policy; no warnings, just " they are gone" with little or no reason.
    Absolutely without doubt, the most inefficient, poorly managed operation I have ever encountered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI can't begin to give advice. My advice to applicants regardless of job function is look elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Still too many self-interested middle managers counting till retirement. Incapable managers remain.

    Web Developer (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsGood place to learn for a short time, work on your skills and try to numb yourself to inevitable M.T. Suits which remain after new owners.

    ConsCompany has such a history of mismanagement and indifference to employees that any manager with 10+ years would have to be removed and that isn't likely. Not a single word from any company rep or source could be trusted. Every encounter with management forced one into a defensive position -management very confrontational. Exhausting micro-management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUntil old management has reached their retirement or been ousted, little positive change can occur unless forced upon them by new owners.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst place I ever worked, bar none!

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Columbus, GA

    ProsKnowledgeable and helpful co-workers who cared about the product. The product was a great one to sell. The compensation was very reasonable.

    ConsManagers are inept as it gets. Good ole boy system alive and well in their linen suits. Upper management is absolutely clueless. Middle management is just trying to hang onto their jobs. While I was there, middle managers were partying with reps and handing accounts out to the girls they partied with. Upper management was receiving reports of Peyton Place and they would shoot the messenger. The place was so bad they bought a traffic system that was virtually unusable. No body bothered to check it out before this huge corporate purchase? Thousands upon Thousands of dollars lost in advertiser dollars because they could not figure the system out. Departments were not allowed to talk to other departments unless they went through Department heads. If this company makes it through the decade, color me surprised.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlready given and rejected. They prefer to ride this wagon till the wheels fall off.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't go down with a sinking ship

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsProduct at one time was great. Nice people to work with. could have been a lifelong career.

    ConsManagement has no clue about changing times, the paper is not what it use to be.. They sit there and say we are the trib and advertisers need us. This company for years has been reactives as opposed to proactive. Through mismanagement from the top all the way down to the local sales managers has given the St. Pete Times the opportunity to take over the Tampa Bay market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook for new jobs because It's too late. This company will be shut down and the building and land will be sold. You handed over the market to the Times, hope you enjoye!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company going to the pits

    Senior Executive (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsSome nice folks who genuinely know the business and really works hard.

    ConsGood ol' Boys and Girls club. All taking care of each other until they retire in the next 5 to 10 years. No reason to take chances or innovate.

    Board is completely useless.

    The person who runs the Columbus station is a big loser and everyone in corporate wonders why he doesn't get fired. CEO is a loser, has no vision or backbone. Incoming CEO has no experience and is a genuine prick. The company has no future and they know it. It looks like they are getting ready to sell off the rest of the business in the near future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStopping fooling yourselves. You have no innovation in your blood.

    Stop lying to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Learned a lot, gained more expereince and responsiblity but lost money.

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsMake your own schedule. You can relocate pretty easily.

    ConsCommission only, lack or management skills

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk questions spend a day with thestaff before you implement new plicies new technology new ways of doing things. You know common sense!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They will cut you off at he knees.

    Sales (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsIf you are just starting out in your career, you should work here because you will get some decent experience.

    ConsSenior management decided to put all the sales people on straight commission. This would not be such a big deal except for the fact that the sales department is so disorganized. They hire whole departments and then decided to get rid of everyone in 6 months. There is no training and the managers are always changing their mind about what to focus on. Almost everyone in sales is looking for a job some place else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSales people pay your salary start treating us with a little respect and dignity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Blind leading the blind

    District Manager (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsIf you get in the right department low level "old timers" will try and take you under their wing and train you.

    ConsWorked 80+ hour weeks for the pay of 40 hour weeks.
    Had to take a furlough pay reduction but still had to work on the days I was supposed to be off for it.
    Was told by the state circulation manager that I was not working hard or long enough even though I worked 10 to 12 hours a day 7 days a week to keep my district from collapsing.
    Anyone above the district manager level including state manager, metro manager, and vp of circulation does not know what it is really like in the field and will chew you out when they don't understand common situations.
    When I started I was promised training that was supposed to happen weekly, which ended up never happening after the second week.
    People are commonly laid off and their positions eliminated even when that person is needed to support others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more selective about the postions that are eliminated.
    Have senior management experience at least the lower level management positions before being hired from other areas where things are run differently.
    Stop chasing the experienced guys out especially those that are forced to retire.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A dinosaur trying to say all the right things. Respect for employees? None. Honesty? Don't bet on it.

    Artist (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsI enjoyed my work immensely when not impeded by supervisors whose primary function was to "write people up," as told to me by one disillusioned young supervisor. Benefits are decent. It would be nice if domestic partners were recognized for health plan purposes, but don't ever expect to see that in this conservative environment. It's a place to work for a couple years and gain experience. After that, you are yesterday's bird droppings, unless, sadly, you know or cuddle up to the right people.

    ConsSecrecy, shifting and fuzzy management whims, adversarial relationship with employees, a history of half-truths or untruths fed to employees (in a COMMUNICATIONS company). No interest in employees' feedback. It became where one's focus had to be on following the rules of the moment rather than on the actual work. Toadies, sycophants and 'tattletales' thrived--- the best people always left. Personally overheard from one manager to another: Q. How are you? A. Trying to cover my a$$ just like you." I always wanted to improve my performance, do my best work, and had great reviews-- despite the constant impediments of management. If you can accept this company culture, you'll probably do fine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement has never been interested in the advice or feedback of employees in my 10+ years there. Management. At LEAST don't be a stumbling block to your employees' trying to do good work. Be truthful without an eye toward manipulation, please. And, being told at a group meeting that "We can replace ALL of you TOMORROW" is not a good incentive. This was actually spoken at one meeting I attended--this wouldn't be verbalized now, I'm sure, but would be otherwise implied. No doubts. And again, this is the company culture, not the result of current economic woes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Listen to your employees. They are the only people in the company that really know what is going on.

    Circulation Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsThey really did have a lot of employees that cared about the newspaper.

    ConsThey did not want to hear any of your ideas. They had hired people to give you the ideas that they wanted you to do. Managers had way to much to do that wasn't constructive. We spent to much time hiring and training people than trying to keep good peolple by paying them more. It was hard enough trying to keep the customers at one paper happy so the management thought it would be better to let us manage other papers close by and not compensate for all the extra work. Media General needs to go back to the basics and bring back the local news and try to keep good employees by paying them more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe way you are runn ing this company compared to other media companies is why you are struggling in all your divisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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