Media General Reviews

Updated May 30, 2015
20 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
3.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Media General President and CEO Vincent L. Sadusky
Vincent L. Sadusky
0 Ratings

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)

More Pros and Cons

20 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (3)

    Run into the ground

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The company was great for a long time (I worked there almost 15 years), up until Marshall Morton became CEO. True sense of family.

    Cons

    leadership totally lacked vision and ran the company into the ground. The company now (after merging with two other media companies in 2 years) is not the same. From what I hear from those still left there, the new leadership is all about squeezing as much profit as possible. No sense of caring about the employees at all.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great Job, Very Low Pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    National Sales Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Media General full-time

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

    Pros

    Learned a great deal during a heavy political cycle, had good managers to work with, good sales team and very good traffic person, GM at the time seemed to care about the station (last year of employment was before 2011 but Glassdoor won't let me change it).

    Cons

    Very low salary, tried to stay with company after station sale but blocked from doing so even though others were allowed, MG kept an employee who testified in a lawsuit against the station who would have been fired from most stations yet good people laid off, no place to move up without moving to another station

    Advice to Management

    Spend time in stations seeing how the average person works, don't keep bad people just because you're afraid of a lawsuit you would likely win anyway


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Rollercoaster Ride

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid compensation. Decent benefits. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Disruptive industry change made the time there stressful and uncertain at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Improve front-line communication. Keep rank and file in the loop and help them to feel valued.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not Employee-friendly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in Florence, SC
    Former Employee - Reporter in Florence, SC

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    There was room for creative license, a flexible schedule, relaxed newsroom environment

    Cons

    Low pay, no room for advancement, budget cuts that diminished the quality of the publication

    Advice to Management

    Needs to consider allowing more employee input and funnel more profits into employee compensation rather than the bigwigs in Richmond. Also, publications need to be laid out in community newsrooms rather than central locations where copy editors have no connection to the community paper.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Memo to Media General: It's the 21st Century Now.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    My division was liquidated, so any pros experienced during my tenure are likely no longer existent there. It's possible, however, that the new owners of Media General (Berkshire Hathaway) are much more competent.

    Cons

    Poor handling of finances and a inability to respond to the 21st century's new media landscape contributed to the collapse of my division.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully, the new owners were able to honestly evaluate the weaknesses of this company and make better choices. (Berkshire Hathaway has many more resources, so I assume this is the case.)


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good products terrible senior management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Broadcast and Interactive Sales Manager in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Former Employee - Broadcast and Interactive Sales Manager in Myrtle Beach, SC

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Worked mostly on broadcast television and online side in sales as both an AE then management and they have valuable advertising products. They also value their clients and focus on service is good at the local level

    Cons

    Still a newspaper, old school mindset to doing business that has been dead for at least 15 years. Too much old guard in decision making roles

    Advice to Management

    Invest in identifying and developing your local and general sales managers. As these people go so go your sales revenue. Additionally break down the walls between on air, creative, engineering and sales, crazy how little we were allowed to collaborate inter department.


  10. Helpful (2)

    I worked at a station under Media General.

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

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    They usually would let employees leave a little early the day before holidays, pretty good pay, great insurance, and pretty good paid time off.

    Cons

    The biggest con is the management at the station level. Crying out to upper management for help produced no results. Management needs to be firm.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. The reason many are leaving is due to management. Hello! Why would employees be looking for other jobs! Please, MG, look in the mirror.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Ok Place

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

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great boss to work for, promoted several times. Was able to work with the growing digital group.

    Cons

    Downsizing, good ole boys (promote those who aren't qualified to find a space for them. Few female leaders. Terrible CEO

    Advice to Management

    Took too long to realize and make needed changes.



Showing 20 of 68 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.