Media General Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
59 Reviews

2.7
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Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton
Marshall N. Morton
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.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Central Broadcast Controller  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Central Broadcast Controller in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Media General

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Supervisor  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Raise salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Blind leading the blind

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Top leadership places no value on newsrooms

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    Former Employee - Interactive Content Manager
    Former Employee - Interactive Content Manager

    I worked at Media General

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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