Alabama Media Group

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Alabama Media Group Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A publisher trying to turn the page

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    Current Employee - Director, Search Product Specialist in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Director, Search Product Specialist in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Alabama Media Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of resources for a sales team
    AMG is fundamental to the state of Alabama and that presence gives advantages from a sales perspective
    Parent company (Advance Digital) believes in a digital first strategy

    Cons

    Like all in the publishing industry right now, numerous issues with trying to find a new market for their digital products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To turn the page, focus as many resources on product quality in your digital products as you do in your print ones.

    Negative Outlook
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    Good Products, Terrible Execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Powerful website. It is a great source for news and tremendous analytics. Great training!

    Cons

    The internal processes are a mess. Campaigns were frequently set up incorrectly and it was extremely difficult to get the corrections made. Billing was wrong constantly. Prospecting could be difficult because there was so much turnover and clients were frustrated by constant new faces. You had to earn respect and trust back for the company constantly. Sales staff was micromanaged in a ridiculous way but other departments were left ignored. Problems were not addressed and if they were brought up, you were basically argued with because management looked at that as you making excuses and wouldn't acknowledge issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open you eyes to the problems. Acknowledge them and address them. Hire top quality sales people by being a top quality company and paying top quality commissions. OR, hire recent college grads that don't know any better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Working at Alabama Media Group was an emotional roller coaster.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time

    Pros

    The very best thing about the company, when I was employed there, were the people.

    Cons

    It is a company that lacks direction and strong management. It is very micro-managed. It is a shame that two great companies have been run into the ground to establish this new one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics. Trust in the people that you hire. Set realistic goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Nothing left but a ravaged shell of a formerly great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You'll get to put on your resumé that you worked on the latest experiment in journalism.

    Cons

    You'll get to put on your resumé that you worked on the latest experiment in journalism just before it went under.

    Long hours, little to no editing of stories, VERY hands-on, overbearing management who like to micromanage. It's a struggling company with a very cloudy future due to both internal and external forces. Don't expect promotions, constructive feedback, salary raises or appreciation for you hard work.

    If you still want a job here, be sure to get all their promises in writing, then have them notarized and send copies to your lawyer. You'll still get screwed over, but at least you'll have something nice to remind you of what you thought you were getting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave your employees alone. Let them do the jobs they were hired for. Invest in your employees with training, bonuses and respect.

    Lose the transparently stupid "ice cream parties" for a job well done. Instead spend that $10 buying better ink pens that work.

    Look to the future of journalism, do your best to plan for that vision and STICK TO IT. Nobody knows exactly what will happen, but changing plans multiple times midstream will eventually fail.

    Lastly, HIRE SOME FREAKIN' EDITORS for Christ sake. If you can't put out a product people want, you'll continue cutting employees until there really is nothing left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Joined in a transitional period, in a word, it was odd.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely forward thinking company, the people that didn't leave every other week were all incredibly pleasant to speak with.

    Cons

    High stress sales environment; I wouldn't recommend joining their sales staff unless you already have a background in sales. The people that I was told would be there to assist me grow as a "sales" person simply weren't there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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