New York Times
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Updated Jun 19, 2014
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3.4 128 reviews

                             

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Mark Thompson

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    Sales Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsNYT hires the best of the best so you will always be working around very smart, dedicated and talented individuals.
    Even though the cafeteria is expensive, it has many great food/drink options and a fantastic view of NYC. There is also a separate full coffee bar!

    ConsAdvancement opportunities are limited. Upper management are not fully invested in the success of their individual employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a corporate structure where individuals work together towards a common goal. When there is success reward employees with recognition and new opportunities.

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

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    Fast-paced hard work, good training, incredibly talented employees, extremely detailed work process.

    Photo Editor (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe exceptional work that is produced by everyone offers a serious journalist many opportunities to excel. Generally, staff are helpful and always offer to answer questions. With overtime, a freelancer can usually make enough to live.

    ConsThe expectation is often to cover desks with little training. There is no discussion of one's future work probabilities, leaving one unemployed for weeks without warning. Freelancers are not communicated with very often or very thoroughly, making the job nerve-wracking. Typically, one must freelance 2 to 3 years before getting hired as a permanent full-time employee. In the meantime, there are no benefits, constant concern about how much work one may be offered for the next month and they rarely schedule beyond 2 weeks to a month in advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate better with freelancers, as the morale of your salaried employees depend on them being available to fill-in for vacations and emergencies. Give them feedback as to job performance and as to what they can expect for employment. Give them a reason to want to stay that goes beyond the excellent product that is created there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    If (print) media is your passion, the Times is the place to be.

    Mailer (Current Employee)
    Flushing, NY

    ProsGood company to work for. Depending on the the department be prepared for a high pressure environment due to deadlines. There are opportunities for advancement.

    ConsThe newspaper industry is struggling, but the Times is one of the few papers that are profitable. Much will depend on Its (already behind the curve) transition into the digital age.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBaby boomers are the last bastion of print media, the base readership is rapidly dwindling. The Times should be leading the industry into the twenty-first century not bumbling its way through.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A rewarding and fulfilling career at The New York Times.

    Executive Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe quality of the journalism and the mission to report the news without fear or favor.
    The ability and desire to invest in the business (digital products, video, international, conferences, branded products, etc.).
    A great brand.
    A solid balance sheet with cash in excess of debt.

    ConsChallenging industry, characterized by declining print advertising and print circulation revenues.
    Expect to be responsible for your own career development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to find ways to re-balance, invest in and grow the business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Talented people, great business challenges to tackle, pay is not the reason you stay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat brand performing as well as it ever has, focused on the right business challenges, lot of experimentation and innovation.

    ConsAs part of a profit-challenged sector, the pay is mid-level at best and annual increases are not great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in more new leadership talent.

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

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    Stable company with opportunity to learn a lot providing reasonably good benefits.

    Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDiverse set of employees and flexible work hours make this company attractive to any employee. The reputation of the newspaper and history is well known around the world. Barring normal exceptions, people are generally good to each other. There is ample opportunity to intermingle with colleagues. Play after hours and relax.

    ConsLimited growth potential. Too much hierarchical structure. Often managers are not competent. Sometimes projects are inundated by individuals ego and aspiration to prove your point rather than looking at the overall big picture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the number of managers and empower staff more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exhausting, rewarding work. Great colleagues. No other paper like it.

    Staff Editor (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSharp, knowledgeable, friendly colleagues. Feeling of "family." Resources beyond most publications' dreams. Ability to specialize within area of interest or expertise. Rotating assignments to avoid stagnation. Pride in the product every day.

    ConsLong hours, late nights. I don't remember having much time for a social life. Work/life balance is a challenge at this paper (and in the industry).

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore personal feedback is in order. Actual job evaluations and feedback from managers was rare (no one had time).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company

    Systems Administrator (Former Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsHas wonderful benefits and perks.

    ConsDoes not seem to trust decisions of employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. That's why you hired them.

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

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    Great company, shaky industry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work if you're a journalist. One of the few places left that has the time and energy to dig into stories others can't get to. Developing some seriously strong interactive/multimedia muscles as well.

    ConsTech development is mismanaged and constantly bottlenecked. Company is chronically slow to make decisions, culture of too many people involved in too many meetings is unabated. Overall business strategy seems clearer and more promising since Mark Thompson came in as CEO but changes in the marketplace may overwhelm any possible strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to nuts-and-bolts management. Make decisions quickly and clearly. Fix the tech problem.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Advertising Production (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPay, Benefits, Employee Perks, Reputation, Flexible hours, Many opportunities for advancement

    ConsUnion stinks, didn't protect our jobs. Got Outsourced, Print industry declining

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't move to a building you can't afford. Should have stayed at 229 W. 43rd St. and renovated for cheaper! Maybe it would have saved many jobs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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