New York Times
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Updated Jun 27, 2014
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Mark Thompson

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    Comfortable place, not a lot of room for growth.

    Paralegal (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThey will pay for further schooling pertaining to your current position.

    ConsSalary is low and no bonuses.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Started promising, but opportunities are limited.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIt's the Times. Your calls will always get answered. The world takes the brand very seriously.

    ConsTry to branch out and you get iced out. Management sees you as what you were hired as, and good luck trying to move up. There is little hope for internal promotion, and no formal path forward. Ask for more money and you will be treated like a criminal. They like to give you higher-level work and not pay you for it or formally promote you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at the talent in your building. Your loyal employees are miserable. They want to learn new skills and advance but there's a cultural barrier that prevents it. Stop worrying about hiring 23-year-old white men right out of Harvard. You are hemorrhaging talent and it's at your own peril. Also, you need to be digital first, and the culture needs to reflect that. There's a caste system here that's stuck firmly in the past. There is a war for eyeballs and we are losing it. Digitize or die. That's more than a business plan - that's a mindset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Over 20 Years in business departments.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros1. Feel you are contributing to an important public mission.
    2. Excellent about work life issues.
    3. Highly competent and dedicated staff
    4. Challenging work problems that can teach you a lot

    Cons1. Bumbling Management only getting worse. They have no business savvy at all
    2. Short term focus keeps company from getting things done
    3. Personnel decisions based on politics - no living personnel management system. Leading to "yes men"
    4. Many see company as being above other organizations.
    5. Lack of appreciation for business employees

    Advice to Senior Management1. Need to dedicate itself to robust personnel management policy - hire, retain, and promote the best.
    2. Need to once again hire highly skilled talent and then trust them
    3. Need to appreciate industry economics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsReputed brand, world class journalism and one of the best sales team in the business

    ConsWith so much churning going on lately, you have to think, act and work like a shark, be at the top of things, in business and with the constantly changing nature of the department.
    While being on top of the business is the need of the hour being constantly on the guard to protect your job erodes a lot of energy which should go into thinking creatively and strategically to grow your business and develop relationships in the marketplace

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue the core asset of the organization, its people. Instead of replacing institutional knowledge and years of experience, invest in the existing talent, motivate them, give them tools to excel, foster faster decision making and empower the sales staff.
    There is no greater motivation for an employee than to come to work everyday feeling that they will contribute to the growth of the company that they consider as their family.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great, commited staff operating in a stifling management structure

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat people who care about the company. An awesome, respected brand. Reasonable benefits. An awesome place to work on your skills.

    ConsVapid promotion path for technical roles. Highly variable experience depending on team. Teams operate in silos and interdependence is managed poorly. Editorial vision interpenetrates everything, sometimes to a fault.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Times is still very much an organization in the middle of a huge transition. It's understandable that there's still a lot of tweaking to be done in structuring the tech departments, and great strides were made during my time there. That said, there's still a long way to go before the organization is truly "agile."

    Too much pressure is put on development managers who work directly on teams in technical roles alongside engineers. More could be done to alleviate the burden of meetings and planning on these roles to allow them to focus on product quality, especially testing and quality assurance. Mid-level management is far too focused on rubber stamps and outdated heuristics of product quality. Time to market is atrocious due to all the various management approvals that good continuous integration practices could obviate.

    The summation of these problems leads to a lack of oversight, resulting in "stay safe" management practices that greatly impede innovation. Managers who are risk-adverse (to a fault) seem to be placed in charge of the most ambitious projects and get the most resources. This contributes to a brain drain on fresh talent; a lot of the best leave the quickest when their opportunities to learn and innovate are exhausted by the red tape.

    A little more direction from the top wouldn't be a bad thing! It's ok to demand that effort be put into certain things that help everyone... at least make sure that teams are making progress towards sound documentation and decent test coverage.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Extraordinary and Maddening

    Various Titles Over Many Years (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe best newspaper in the U.S. hands down.

    ConsDifferent rules for the business side and news side. That said the media space is a challenging place to work given the change in media buying and revenue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLove Jill! Give that woman a raise!

    Middle management has more talent than you think, on the news and business sides. Make it okay to be in middle management. We all don't want to be AMEs or VPs. But take advantage of the expertise, don't shun them.

    Keep making the hard decisions in this changing media landscape, but keep the core. The business side has been stellar in keeping the paper afloat--the unsung heroes. They are doing it better than any other comparable media property.

    Delivery needs more attention, I can't stand getting the Post or Daily News delivered to my door step! It happens 2-3x a month.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to get started.

    Advertising Sales Director (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat brand to sell and it looks great on your resume.

    ConsMediocre benefits, poor work/life depending on manager. The Times used to be ahead of the curve when it came to new technology, but has truly fallen behind it's competitors. Where they used to be pro-active and willing to bring new ideas to the market, they remain stagnant and reactionary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smart people making mediocre products.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe New York times is a great workplace. They have an awesome product - the news. The mission is clear, and has a worldwide message.

    ConsAs a software engineer, the Digital / website departments continue to get shafted to the whims of the Newsroom. Many promising ideas to innovate in the field of online news production are continually poo-poohed by the newsroom, crippling their attempts to move into a continuing leadership role in the field.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove the three or four project directors and tech leads out of the critical path of actually building great software. Their loyalist attitude over the course of my employment caused significant brain drain in the middle and upper developer positions. Create barriers between the newsroom and the development teams, allowing actual innovation to take place - the people have been in place, until they left because of seemingly endemic middle management hassles.

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    Somewhat pleasant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosgood benefits such as 401K and medical

    Consits a matter of who you know to get ahead

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more forthcoming with sharing info

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Political, Slow to Respond to Changes, Great Brand

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- smart people, great brand, competitive salary

    Cons- slow to make changes, extremely political environment, too many meetings so it's difficult to get work done, organization structure based on management whim/catering to certain people instead of what makes sense, lack of perks, only 8 vacation days (don't get christmas eve or the day after thanksgiving off?) and no summer fridays or summer perks

    Advice to Senior Management- pay more attention to employee satisfaction, perks/benefits are not strong enough (not even free coffee in the building!!) - needs to change to retain talent for a long time (particularly newer employees), more transparency in terms of salary/promotions, reserve budget for teambuilding and social activities -- this is completely ignored and sorely needed to build cross functional effectiveness

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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