Media General Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Shambles!

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General

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

    Pros

    There are a few good mid-level managers left, who somehow survived the lay-offs, and these managers are great to work for and have defended front-line workers as best they could.

    Cons

    Massive waves of lay-offs have contributed to a cynical, dog-eat-dog culture. The pay is terrible and worsening. And management seems to be unable to cope gracefully with the Richmond Times-Dispatch's dwindling relevance.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on creating more niche market and hyper-local publications, online or print. Also, a restructuring of the entire classified advertising section is needed. Perhaps more free ads for advertisers are needed -- or something like the first X amount of lines are free, etc. It just seems pointless to pay for classified ads these days.

  2. In four years I learned that Media General will not get past their news paper mentality.

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    Former Employee - Central Broadcast Controller in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Central Broadcast Controller in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Media General

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are spread out nicely around the south eastern united states. They have some nice perks for working in media and have lots of way to help other people.

    Cons

    They have tons of debt, tons of news papers, and no plan on how to make money. Their is little growth and constant threat of lay offs and furloughs. Internal transfers are never followed up on and would rather hire local less qualified people then keep current people.

    Advice to Management

    They need a clear plan forward and stop asking employees for ideas or their money.

  3. District Supervisor, salaried position, work 50 plus hours per week with no additional pay. Work all
    hours of the nigh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice office space, good location.

    Cons

    Day and evening hours with no extra pay for all hours worked and low salary, mimimum wage after working 50 plus hours on salary.

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries

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  5. Blind leading the blind

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

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

    Pros

    Initially seemed like they were committed to multimedia journalism; decent benefits package; excellent environment to learn about how to work on other platforms

    Cons

    It's corporate journalism to its very core, which ultimately means it's a bean counter-driven operation. Any talk of "multimedia" inevitably came down to a way to downsize the operation, forcing multiple jobs on one person, which led to an inferior product. Poor judgment from upper management in evaluating good journalism. Upper management tried its best to marginalize innovative, contrarian ideas that did not match up with theirs, as well as the voices of young people (ie, the people they are trying to reach the most), which is frustrating to see as the young public continues to laugh at their product and their subsequent and transparent attempts to be "hip."

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees at the worker level. Respect their input and don't put all stock in the ideas of a senior editor who hasn't left the office in 20 years.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Top leadership places no value on newsrooms

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Interactive Content Manager
    Former Employee - Interactive Content Manager

    I worked at Media General

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

    Pros

    - good people / coworkers
    - good experience in the field
    - ability to transfer to other properties within the chain

    Cons

    - economy causes leadership to place low value on journalists and content
    - rampant misogyny
    - constantly changing goals prevent solid foundation for action

    Advice to Management

    Cutting content won't win back readers or investors. You need to find a way to reach those you aren't reaching rather than self-mutilating the company to try to survive with a dying audience.

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