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13 days ago

Higher Education Editor

McMurry Washington, DC

and enjoy working with clients. Duties include: · Researching new story ideas and identifying trends to cover for bimonthly print magazine… Glassdoor


13 days ago

Technology Editor

McMurry Washington, DC

We’re seeking a journalist with at least seven years of writing, editing and content management experience. Our ideal candidate will also have… Glassdoor


13 days ago

Technology Editor- Higher Education

McMurry Washington, DC

We’re seeking a journalist with at least seven years of writing, editing and content management experience. Our ideal candidate will also have… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Editorial Intern

McMurry Washington, DC

editorial and content marketing. We are looking for someone to assist our editorial staff with the following: • Report and write content for… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Social Media Journalist, Travel Website

McMurry Washington, DC

— under deadline. Job functions will include: • Creating, developing and managing content… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Freelance Editor

McMurry Washington, DC

editorial staff on the client side. Duties include: • researching new story ideas and identifying trends to cover as well as interesting… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Web Editor

McMurry Washington, DC +2 locations

We’re seeking a journalist with at least three years of online writing, editing, content management and social media experience, who can produce… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

VP, Client Services and Strategy

McMurry Washington, DC

As the expert marketing partner with our clients and the liaison with content marketing, interactive and video teams, you will understand the… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Account Director

McMurry Washington, DC

and the company’s business. You will understand your client’s goals, articulate these goals throughout the organization, and develop and… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Project Manager

McMurry Washington, DC +2 locations

• Responsible for multiple projects, many of which are complex in duration and production. • Project… Glassdoor


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    Post-merger flop and downward spiral...

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    Pros

    Despite demanding expectations, the rapid digital/social/mobile media shift and the massive hit to "custom publishing" that was the 2008 recession, McMurry was a special place to work for many years. Strong, centralized leadership from the top, open-book finances, a sense of empowerment, focus on integration and developing expertise in emerging digital channels, commitment to charitable giving, structured performance reviews, enjoyable colleagues, encouragement to occasionally cut loose on the company dime, and, perhaps most important, a profit-share incentive for performance all made McMurry a challenging but fulfilling place to be right up to the merger in 2012.

    Cons

    As the saying goes, sometimes you don’t know a good job until you’ve had a bad one and that became the case after the company was merged with The Magazine Group (TMG) to become McMURRY/TMG, LLC. Catchy name, right!?

    Chief Executives (also the private owners) of both companies stepped back to let a new C-suite distributed across the country take the reigns after purchase of their respective companies by an investment banking firm. Layoffs, lost benefits (including profit-share), poor communication and collaboration, little-to-no team structure across offices, lack of job descriptions or reviews, open in-fighting between legacy McMurry and TMG staff, and a nearly 90% turnover in Sales’ staff all led to one crappy year for the company and a tough environment for anyone working there. One particularly memorable moment came when the wooden faced investment bankers were brought in for a Q&A with staff that was broadcast live to all offices, presumably to put a human face to our new number-crunching overlords. It was an ill-conceived pandering to McMurry's "open-book" history at best and, in reality, further reduced morale among those assembled as the reality of the situation set in.

    Worst of all, a clear opportunity to fill the niche in “content marketing” was lost as leadership got mired down in developing proprietary processes and trying to sell services to clients that neither side of the company knew how to execute on particularly well. Guidance from VPs and other middle-management may have helped in other areas but the rapid promotion of staff who — despite their other talents — didn't have the capacity or experience for managing a whole team or department was a hallmark of the new org chart.

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    Leadership should consider what made these respective organizations great — or at least successful — to begin with and take those principles to heart. Maybe the private equity backers won't like it but they stand to lose the most out of any group should more great talent walk out the door.

    Don't go inventing new names for best practices or falling back on fake-it-till-you-make-it offerings in every imaginable industry. Play to your historical strengths and learn an industry or channel before diving head-first into selling it. Give people autonomy coupled with a clear strategic direction and, most important, a direct incentive for performance (monetary or otherwise) or else you run the risk of losing those who's pride is still propping them up but won't stay long before being poached for a better gig.

    The only way situations like this improve is by people demanding better — or leaving. Let’s hope it becomes more of the first.

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