Media General

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Media General Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
60 Reviews
2.9
60 Reviews
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Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton
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38 Ratings

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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not Employee-friendly

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Florence, SC
    Former Employee - Reporter in Florence, SC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of opportunities as news employee. Lots of micromanaging

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    Current Employee - Photojournalist
    Current Employee - Photojournalist

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good products terrible senior management

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at a station under Media General.

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    Former Employee - Business Department
    Former Employee - Business Department

    I worked at Media General full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok Place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Took too long to realize and make needed changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    okay to work there

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, flexible schedules

    Cons

    not personal, not understanding, not caring

  10.  

    Brief but fun!

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Media General as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked briefly at a Media General station that was piloting hyperlocal social media. At the time, it was a very exciting and dynamic environment. There were a lot of talented and bright people that were very dedicated to this innovative project.

    Cons

    Media General corporate seemed very disconnected from individual properties (stations/papers) and thus seemed out of touch with what was and wasn't working with each one. Very strict IT policies on what can be installed makes it difficult to set up an effective web development enviroment.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too Many Managers who manage nothing but their personal lives

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Media General

    Pros

    Great Place to grow professionally. There are many benefits to working for #1 Newspaper, #1 TV station and #1 Local News Website.

    Cons

    With so many changes in 2011 managers and employees were left wondering if their job would exist in the next week. They recently laid off 165 employees a week before Christmas. If you have a great year and bring in revenue over your annual budget you will pay for it the following year. To save money and even the playing field your percentage paid will be scaled down. You must work twice as hard to make the same as the previous year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim middle management, empower and create incentives that motivate your employees, effectively combat regional competition, and invest in younger employees through management training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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