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New York Times Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
50 Reviews
3.0
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good Learning Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TELESALES Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - TELESALES Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times

    Pros

    You can make great friends. You have the opportunity to learn a lot about digital advertising. Open a lot of career doors. You get to leave at 5pm

    Cons

    Commission structure isnt great. Very little room from internal growth from Telesales but if you go in knowing that and use it as a stepping stone to just learn the business then its definitely worth it. Not everyone is friendly but there are enough cool people there to make a good group of friends. Morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promoting more from Telesales. I totally understand that agency contacts are important but having a strong internal knowledge of products/people is important too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Advertising Sales Department- NY Office

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Sales Representative in New York, NY

    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 ManagementAdvice

    grow, learn, teach and promote

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Applying in NYT

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York Times

    Pros

    Coz it is like TOI

    Cons

    HR Team is not reachable

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Journalist/Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Journalist/Reporter in New York, NY

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amidst Great Potential, Bureaucracy Overwhelms

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great brand but...

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't use fear to motivate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Creative Service / Marketing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    The opportunity to work on great marketing extensions and sales efforts.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great product, frustrating management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - News Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - News Assistant in New York, NY

    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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting work, depressing prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The one constant at the NYT is a commitment to top quality journalism. Smart, committed people who are devoted to putting out an incisive and important publication. Resources, though getting scarcer, are still adequate. Co-workers are ambitious (and often self-absorbed) but not cut-throat. So while it's not a touchy-feely, esprit de corps kind of place it is collegial and there is some shared sense of mission. Best of all: you feel like what you do actually makes a difference.

    Cons

    Demanding hours and diminishing compensation make it a tough to have a work/life balance. The NYT always expected newsroom employees to make sacrifices in terms of their personal lives because of the non-stop requirements of the news business. It was hard enough back in the days when the paper paid better than competitors.

    But as the newspaper business has gone through upheaval, and seen its financial fortunes sink, the demands have grown and the NYT has become less generous. Salaries are lower than a significant number of online news organizations. Pension benefits have been slashed. A large portion of health care costs have been shifted to employees. As a result, compensation is worse now than it was 20 years ago and - barring some breakthrough - will continue its steady decline in the years to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out that business model. Even though you've managed the industry's demise better than other newspapers (putting up a pay-wall was a financial success, albeit three years too late) much more needs to be done online to make up for the inexorable loss of print advertising revenue.

    The staff sincerely appreciates the way you've committed yourselves to quality journalism during the tough times. And we're grateful that you're attempting to figure out a sustainable long-term strategy, rather than simply budget cut your way to quarterly profits. But all the idealism and pep talks in the world don't pay the bills, so it's urgent that you bring in better top-level digital talent.

    In the meantime: better pay for staff and leaner bonuses for executives (that means you, Mark Thompson!!) would go a long way towards shoring up morale during these turbulent times.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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