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Media General Reviews

Updated May 10, 2014
Updated May 10, 2014
57 Reviews
2.7
57 Reviews
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Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton
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37 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.  

    Lots of opportunities as news employee. Lots of micromanaging

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

    I have been working at Media General full-time for 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good the bad and the ugly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Media General full-time for 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
  3.  

    great field

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    Current Employee - Media  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Media in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Media General full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good experiance in media field

    Cons

    nothing downside in media fieldq

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no i m not intrested

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't go down with a sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Media General full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Media General full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most coworkers make it a fun and enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    Don't take a job as an inside sales rep. The call center is managed by people that will tell you what you want to hear at the interview, and then it's "their way or the highway" once you're hired. They micro-manage you to death. They use fear and intimidation to beat down the rank and file. If you have talent and can produce, you will ultimately be looking for another job once again. You can't even move to another department, as they will squash all attempts. Their egos will not allow you to get the better of them. At the interview, be sure to ask about the "Dialing for Donuts" room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many people in supervisory positions that did not get to where they are through hard work and merit. Politics and the good old boy network are destroying your company. Do something before the Tampa Bay Times becomes the only paper in Tampa Bay. Listen to your employees at the lowest level. Don't rely on your managers to give you the real story.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaging and herds of middle managers impede work

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

    I have been working at Media General part-time

    Pros

    Benefits are okay, not remarkable. It's a starting place: a place to grow skills, learn new software programs and the like.

    Cons

    Lurking supervisors, weak middle managers who have had their jobs forever. Notably outdated company culture and management trends. Little value is attributed to outstanding performers. Staff reductions of those who actually do the work are commonplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With new owners it is hoped that there will be a major improvement in managers and morale.

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

    Bait and Switch

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Media General full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The compensation is decent, the co workers are great, and they have excellent on the job training.

    Cons

    It starts with the interview process for the Classified Department. The 2 managers that are in charge make you think that you will be treated like an adult professional. Then when you start they micromanage you to death. When you try to approach them about this they say it's our way or the highway. Not a professional way to handle your employees concerns. Combine that with the fact that if you do manage to stick it out you go nowhere in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump the mid level managers that have been in the same position for more than 10 years and bring in people that have a fresh perspective and some empathy for their workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good people, good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Media General

    Pros

    Support staff, Management who genuinely care about their employees, and growth potential in the digital medium.

    Cons

    Print industry is in trouble.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too Many Managers who manage nothing but their personal lives

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    company is struggling

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer
    Current Employee - Producer

    I have been working at Media General

    Pros

    A good place to get experience

    Cons

    contsant layoffs and furloughs. Not many opportunites for advancement

    Disapproves of CEO

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