New York Times Reviews

Updated April 21, 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. Helpful (1)

    Telesales Rep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    You only work 9-5 Big Office Great Cafeteria If they like you, you are their golden child and will promote you

    Cons

    People are horrible Bosses do not care about your personal life You are just another person who works there


  2. Helpful (5)

    Don't bother

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    the name. great name to align yourself with.

    Cons

    no job security and pay is not great. morale is low. people cry in the bathrooms. its a very sad place to be in the year 2014. what used to be a diverse corporation has now turned into a cookie cutter environment. Where's the diversity now? You won't find it.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Legacy internal politics mean layers of management incompetence, awful culture, lousy product execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The place is starved for ideas and even more starved for ideas that can become products. If you have them, they'll take them. And probably ruin them.

    Cons

    If you are a technical hire, you are working at-will. You can be fired at any time for any reason or no reason at all. My estimate is that ~20% of NYTimes technical hires are let go in semi-regular purges. Those purges are bound to be more frequent as the Times ads business tanks and the company's new product failures pile up.

    Advice to Management

    The NYTimes is not making progress toward being an innovative tech company. If you think there is progress, it's an illusion, just managers shuffling staff and spinning their wheels.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Run away as fast as you can.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name and some interaction with editorial. It looks good on your resume, and you can talk up the work that you've done to make it seem more important.

    Cons

    Horrible place to work, never come here on the business side. The management is horrible, they promote based on personal feelings and not merit, there's complete favoritism, and management acts like a high school clique. They treat employees very badly, are not supportive of further development unless they personally decide that they like you (but that changes at the drop off a hat). They are racist, also. Nepotism abounds here. Management gets kicks out of restricting little freedoms, like getting breakfast in the morning, or enjoying a lunch with coworkers. They don't like fraternization and friends if they are not a part of it, and thus punish you for it. There isn't enough space to describe how horrid this place is. There is no room for advancement unless you're a personal friend, and "pedigree" has been made to matter, which is disgusting.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the current management, and replace them with brand new people. The ones who are in place now are ridiculously incompetent at managing and are only in it because they've been here for an extended period of time. The management style consists of power trips.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Rapidly changing strategy and unclear goals will not save the Times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Insight into how news is generated at one of the world's most popular papers * Rub shoulders with news-makers and other minor celebrities * Free books and access to New York City events and institutions * Free access to Premium Crossword Puzzles * Bragging rights (this used to be true, but now people feel sorry for you)

    Cons

    * Majority of employees are disgruntled and unhappy, making for a poor working environment * Politics outweighs disciplined thought when making decisions * Lack of clear management strategy or goals adds to the difficulty in decision making * Performance is not measured consistently or tied to pay

    Advice to Management

    Require upper management and those that report to them to create clear, measurable goals and reward them based on meeting those goals. Create a review system which requires that managers be reviewed by their employees, and take that into account before deciding compensation and promotions.


  7. be careful

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    it provides pension in additional to 401k, healthcare, and dental.

    Cons

    revenue down quarter by quarter, month by month, week by week and day by day. many times layoff and buyout. you always worry if you will be the next to get layoff. You don't get education training.

    Advice to Management

    get more revenue instead of spending big money in new building and SAP


  8. Bureaucratic and Hierarchical on commercial side, best to avoid!

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    Former Employee - Commercial in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Commercial in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    OK salary comparing to other media companies

    Cons

    Highly useless management. No structural way for personal development or progression. Seems like those senior managers and directors only with the titles but not the brain! And the reason why they are senior are because of tenure, not competency! Nothing really gets done until these managers are being copied in or send the email themselves! Very hierarchical, and would not recommend if you are looking to learn and grow - very poor knowledge sharing, only the ''circle of trust ''get to know and they don't share! Or if they do share, there's not insight added what so ever, but just simply hit 'forward'.

    Advice to Management

    Don't stay out of touch of the world for too long, it's changing quicker than you think.



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