New York Times Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Pays well - good work life balance - opportunities for growth (in 12 reviews)

  • Some genuinely smart people work here (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, weekends and night are required (in 5 reviews)

  • Newspaper industry is struggling (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great place if you are independent

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is family friendly and a low pressure environment. Never pressure to work nights/weekends. Smart people. Polite atmosphere, no one yells at one another.

    Cons

    You need to fight for good assignments. I was left with little or nothing to do a lot of the time, which gets demoralizing. Software developers don't have much role in product decision making. Newsroom is where the power resides. Bureaucracy makes decisions and product releases slow, though the company is working to change this.

    Advice to Management

    Give software developers more access to newsroom, and the opportunity to change assignments or technologies.


  2. Hr Generalist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weehawken, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Career development was great, but growth is challenging.

    Cons

    I would recommend more risks are taken.


  3. Infrastructure Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, (mostly) good people. Mainstream technology, can learn/evaluate/implement new things everyday if you want to.

    Cons

    Compensation is quite unfair if you choose to work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting money on useless products/people.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Goes through good periods and bad. It all depends on what the company is doing.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with a lot of open source and things like Amazon cloud based technology. As a whole the company is a great company and they are doing great things.

    Cons

    The culture can swing drastically from one end to the other due to the high turnover rate. The company used to have good hiring and yearly review processes but in reality they were just behind the times. They are now moving towards processes that bigger companies used to use but have now abandoned - like ranking everyone on a bell curve. Some people run rogue in the company and that really makes things hard for others - all in the name of self promotion. This is common to just about every big company but it's the way that it happens here that is so disturbing. The politics and games are becoming a large problem. Years ago this was a nice place to work but I would not chose to work here now given the work environment, low pay and poor benefits. This could very easily change in a year or more and it might very well go back to being a decent place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on hiring people that want to work here and less on cronyism. Give people more advancement paths instead of pigeon holing them because the company is short staffed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Advertising Sales Department- NY Office

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong brand, a lot of resources, great friends, decent pay (for the industry), great work life balance, good hours

    Cons

    no growth opportunities and lack of internal growth, selfish sales behaviors, no open door policy for communication, unionized sales culture, no over time pay, poor commission structure, lack of growth/promotions and movement, low company morale

    Advice to Management

    grow, learn, teach and promote


  7. Helpful (1)

    New York Times serves the public interest and even democracy but does not pretend to be an egalitarian place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Journalist/Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Journalist/Reporter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    high standards, excellent staff, nice view from the cafeteria view, prestige beyond measure

    Cons

    colleagues are superficially collegial but not really open to social interaction. in part, this is because deadline pressure is intense, and because pressure to metamorphose the NYT from a print to a digital medium has created extreme tensions among employees of different classes: between employees of different generations, between journalists and content-disseminators, between newcomers and established people in fear of their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    In addition to corporate-organized group activities like brown bag lunch seminars, permit employees a little freedom during the day to talk to one another without incurring supervisors' displeasure. The morale -- and the journalism -- would both benefit.


  8. World's greatest news organization, and a mess of a place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant journalism. Smart-as-a-whip colleagues. You walk into and out of the building proud every day.

    Cons

    Sclerotic decision making. Matrixed management. Run like the mom-and-pop business it is.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Amidst Great Potential, Bureaucracy Overwhelms

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People return your phone calls and emails. Benefits and perks excellent. Good sushi on 14.

    Cons

    Poor downward communication, HR kind of a mess, organization rife with internal conflict.

    Advice to Management

    More one-on-ones, less people in meetings overall, more transparency with employees.


  10. Great brand but...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Telesales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Telesales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I felt proud to work for such a well known brand and with such intelligent, innovative people. My colleagues were great.

    Cons

    Lots of restructuring and management was poor in my department.

    Advice to Management

    Don't use fear to motivate.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great product, frustrating management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - News Assistant in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Intellectually stimulating -Work with some of the smartest people in the business -Nice office -Respect that comes with the name

    Cons

    -Many, many bureaucratic layers -Cliquey approach to promotions - i.e. if you are not in the "in" crowd, talk to the "right" people, you will see little movement -Long hours and little benefits -Difficult to talk to management on a one on one level



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