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New York Times Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
29 Reviews
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Pros
  • And though it varies depending on the job, most people have a favorable work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Smart people do actually come to work there to pay their dues and move on (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.  

    Known brand

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times

    Pros

    Fair work-life balance, relatively open atmosphere flexible and accommodating if there are errands to do.

    Cons

    Too much work pressure. It seems like work just doesn't stop. Barely enough time to do personal development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce management layers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not good for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stability, no long work hours

    Cons

    Boredom, no growth opportunities, no new learnings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is not good at giving employees opportunities to grow and learn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    account executive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    none.....environment of employee vs management....can't win environment.....encourages employees to look to other companies for work

    Cons

    no cooperation from management..borderline slave labor conditions....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees as humans not whipping boys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A stellar brand that every year erodes its prominence due to mediocre management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Three reasons why the brand still holds its value,: the content, the content, and the content.

    Cons

    Very poor management. We have the potential to be a leader in the business of journalism but fall behind due to lack of leadership, vision, strategy that works, and the ability to utilize to full advantage, its core resource--its employees. Low morale when you witness how staffers look at the NYT as a stepping stone to bigger and better not the destination it once was. Quality talent leave continuously. Limited opportunities to advance. Little or no genuine interest among managers to know the career aspirations of their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you consistently go to the same people for ideas and cultivate the talent of only your chosen few, you will stagnate.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacks organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Production Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advertising Production Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has an outstanding editorial department. The programs and affiliations are priceless. The perks are limited but the company has an excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    You report to several individuals, meaning you are not really sure who your boss is but you have a few of them. There are several tiers of management (managers, directors, executive, vice president, etc.). I've never seen an accurate organizational chart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company should reduce the tiers of management or figure out a better way to organize each department. The company is fragmented and it shows in the level of customer service. The employees are staggered and lack basic knowledge of the products they produce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Environment for Product Managers

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    Former Employee - Product in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    Some of the worlds best journalism and a well respected brand. The newsroom truly upholds it values to producing all the news that's fit to print.

    New building with a large cafeteria and a wide variety of food.

    Cons

    The Times is struggling financially and lacks the budgets and people that you would expect from a big brand. If you're coming from a large company you will be seriously disappointed.

    The product management group lacks strong leadership, respect by other groups and adequate resources. The senior product leadership are mostly ex-attorneys that couldn't hack the legal profession and have little experience in product development and management. This leads to endless meetings and data analysis to make mundane decisions. The product management culture is extremely risk averse, bureaucratic, slow and political which stalls projects and creates a passive aggressive rift between senior management and product managers. Sadly, it's all about appearances, managing up and how many people you have working for you.

    In my last year over 50% of the the product group left the company. Most product managers I worked with grew tired of the nepotism, lack of career development opportunities, disengaged senior management and the constant and often heated battles with the technology group.

    Beware! The technology group runs the show at the Times and often enforces their will on the product managers without any concern for the business consequences. It's not uncommon for technology to undermine product to take control of a project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The majority of employees love the Times and were hoping that the new CEO would wipe out the lazy senior management. Look at how much the ED management level and above contribute to the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great Brand, Horrible Business

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advertising in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The brand is really good and if you think about leaving it will look very well on your resume. the journalists are amazing and such an inspiration to hear. overall everyone is nice and friendly.

    Cons

    You can't advance here and the pay is horrible, remember this is publishing. Learn what you need, gain the connections you need, then leave. You can't have a true career. You can have a job, however. The VP of ADV Mereidth has brought in so many ken and barbie dolls from competitors that i can't even take this place seriously. She lays off everyone and brings in her old team from Forbes. So many politics at this place, extreme lack of communication. No one (even leadership) knows whats going on, ever. Poor poor leadership. Everyone seems to be interviewing elsewhere. Come if you need a resume booster because we can't deny, the name is strong and will open many doors. Just know youll have to put in your time and create your exit strategy Day 1. Dont be surprised if you come in and are fired few months down the line. It happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication. Advancement. Salaries = Happy

    Also train the directors/managers on how to be managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 15 people found this helpful  

    Depressing, lifeless work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It's the New York Times, the paper of record, one of the great icons of New York and United States culture and history and still producing amazing journalism.

    A pretty homogeneously politically liberal workplace, which is is not as easy to find in NYC as one might expect. Extremely PC. You will never hear an inappropriate joke, or any comment disrespectful to religion, race, gender, etc.

    Extremely diverse, ethnically.

    Pretty good bonus and 401k matching compared with other tech/media companies.

    Three weeks vacation + three personal days.

    Cons

    Digital side is a highly individualistic atmosphere. Engineers are expected to make a name for themselves in hackathons, and I didn't observe sincere camaraderie between others or directed at me from any but a very few people during my time there.

    There is a culture of overdesign and a love of the status quo, which means you will spend most of your time trying to maintain ridiculously complex systems.

    Product decisions seem to be based on intuition rather than a careful analysis of data, which is perplexing due to the immensity of pageview and other usage data from the various platforms that is just lying around unused. The result is 200 engineers working on few know exactly what and having who knows what impact on the success of the business. In general, data analysis and data collection are not understood and not highly prioritized there.

    The workspace itself is gray, dark, lifeless and depressing. Insist on a tour of the floor if you get an onsite interview.

    There is no process (letter of warning, bad review, etc.) for termination. One day you will simply be informed your employment is over. I observed many totally unexpected terminations of hardworking and talented individuals and no explanation of any substance was ever provided. I've spoken with other former employees and the "ambush firing" is apparently standard practice there. So if you join the Times don't ever assume anything about the security of your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force engineering and product managers to make a data-driven case for any major new functionality or products.

    Get rid of the innovation challenge or require teams to be much larger. As it is, it breeds internal competitiveness and overly individualized ambition (and rarely leads to a real product anyway). 100% day has similar problems. Require large teams for entry into any of the hackathon-ish activities there. (Also, stop trying so hard to be google without even knowing why you're doing so).

    Encourage simpler architectures and maintainability in software design. DISCOURAGE OVERDESIGN and really, really audit for it. (Ask yourselves why NYT5 took so long.)

    Discourage reinventing the wheel when there is a much better wheel than one you could ever hope to develop internally already available in open source form (or in a form costing far less than the equivalent developer time). And audit for it.

    Hire a CTO who understands the tech industry has become the data industry, and that how the nytimes uses data and plans its data strategies is astronomically more important than which javascript framework is chosen.

    Have a peek at the number of barely-used aws instances generating multi-thousand-dollar bills every month. AWS (as used by nyt) is not only a ridiculously cash-wasteful hosting model, but incurs a huge developer overhead when the unwieldiness of nimbul, the role system, and the convoluted hostnaming schemes are factored in. It's a horrible system and, at the very least, someone needs to conduct a thorough analysis of its costs and impacts on productivity.

    Put some ephing supplies (and kleenex!) in the supply cabinets! Every previous and subsequent company I've worked for has provided snacks, drinks, and a bounty of other supplies and amenities. The times offices are totally barren.

    Fix the elevator algorithm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was very good.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Relax Atmosphere, nice people, great office.

    Cons

    Less opportunities for growth, less challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for your resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This company is great if you want a stable job and to be in guild where you are protected and have a steady income. There are perks to the guild like benefits, raises, and they consistently negotiate things with the company. The company does have a beautiful building and a reputable name so naturally it looks good on your resume. If you just want a job that pays, this is a good place to not have to worry or work too hard.

    Cons

    However, what comes with the guild is a separation within the company and a clear "us and them" mentality. The company doesn't value its employees and constantly tries to milk you for money through selling you gifts and constantly haggling you with products. Corporate swag and novelty gifts will cost you money here. Nothing is free - don't expect a single dime more than the salary you are given. The company is very cheap to its employees - there are vending machines everywhere, even coffee in the pantry isn't free and you have to bring your own milk. Holiday parties are unheard of. Vacation days are extremely limited (10 days annually and even the day after Thanksgiving is a working day) The salary is below what you could earn elsewhere. The software is outdated and difficult to use. Virtually everything they use is ancient and the structure is rigid. Management is not open to new ideas especially given the scale of the company and projects are often passed down through a hierarchy so that you only execute without explanation or context. Everyone is just there to make money and leave - there are very little opportunities to socialize outside of work, unless you join a diversity group or club (much like a student center in college) then they arrange sporting or hobby events or get togethers based on your heritage. There are many many people that will work here for 20-30 years though, especially because the company is stable and the business is interesting. The work can be menial if you're not a journalist/editor. It depends on what you are looking for. If you just want a job and can put up with the bureaucracy, this can be a good place for your career. At least people know its name.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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