Alabama Media Group Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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  1. Getting better

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mobile, AL

    I worked at Alabama Media Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The management in the hub really seems to care and want to help. They are just pulled in a million directions. Commission structure needs to be reworked.

    Cons

    Lots of people who just milk the system. Those people take up to much of managements time. Good news is it seems like they are finally getting those people out or the bags ones are starting to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting time on those who can't help others or don't care.


  2. where did everybody go?

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    seemed like a nice corporate environment

    Cons

    I will save my breath/finger's effort

    Advice to Management

    Relax and stop putting so much pressure on management to micromanage and have meetings all day. Get back to servicing the clients and stop trying to be an ad agency with over priced vanilla products white labeled and resold at 4x the cost. Oh and restructure al.com to become a true breaking news source and edit your journalist reports better including their grammar, spelling, etc. Quick to hire fast to fire was the culture. Good Luck!


  3. Helpful (1)

    Lots of perks, if you can stand all ofthe bad decisions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at Alabama Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A couple of pros would be the employees are fun and get along well and the company provides a lot of perks.

    Cons

    Upper management is a wildcard. The commission structure is too complicated. Some of the upper level management needs to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Get a plan and stick with it. Focus on hiring quality people and be willing to pay for them and seek to promote from within.


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  5. Thought there was potential, then they pulled the rug out

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayetteville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayetteville, TN

    I have been working at Alabama Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    From management down they have good people. But management up is a cluster.

    Cons

    Changed their commission structure. Now with the current setup the company gets the commission and the salesperson gets nothing. They are losing employee's on an almost daily basis. If you ever get a chance ask their advertisers how long their reps last...they will fill you in. Its a constant revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the revolving door of salespeople and sales managers. Scrap your ridiculous commission structure and go back to a more traditional plan.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Abusive upper management practices, mistreatment of customers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    So many good people take a job with Alabama Media Group, some of the best you'll meet, only to quickly find out they've been lied to and led to mislead customers.

    Cons

    Hostile upper management with no regard for the well-being of employees, shady pay plan well below industry average and a complete inability to deliver what customers pay for sums it up. Dozens of employees quit every quarter once they realize they were lied to about their pay plan and will risk their reputation as professionals if they continue to sell campaigns that won't deliver as promised. The low morale borders on mutiny. HR turns a blind eye to threats made by management if an employee speaks up about these concerns. Dishonesty and deception are rampant in this organization and customers see it. The reputation of Alabama Media Group in the community is destroyed.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in an outside consulting firm, a crisis management team or just sell the company to an entity that respects employees and customers. Recognize the complete failure of upper management and utter lack of corporate direction. Stop hurting people by cutting their pay and deceiving customers about ad campaigns they're buying.


  7. Helpful (1)

    It was pure chaos during my employment there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Sales in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Media Sales in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Alabama Media Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Overall, the benefits package was decent, although they converted to a new VERY high deductible health insurance plan in 2013. There are some nice perks, because they sponsor local events, you frequently have the opportunity to attend interesting shows, events, programs. Alabama Media Group is made up of The Birmingham News on the legacy print side, and AL.com on the digital media side. You will have the opportunity to work with many different businesses (depending upon what sales group you are hired in to) and will sell both print and digital advertising.

    Cons

    Because of the dwindling importance of newsprint, newspapers around the country are all frantically trying to figure out how to keep as many of their current advertisers from discontinuing their ads in the paper. Alabama Media Group is no different. The Birmingham News merged with their sister company, AL.com, in late 2012 to try and give their advertisers another medium to advertise in, without 'jumping ship' to a competitor digital site. It can be very difficult to get an existing advertiser who is ready to discontinue advertising in the paper, to agree to not leave, and move their advertising to the digital side of the business. Their business processes can be extremely convoluted, and for most of the time that I was employed there, they lost more employees than they hired! (They had a very large 'reduction in force' when they merged the two companies). They have sold their beautiful, 3-story, relatively new 'class-A' headquarters, and drastically downsized to a much smaller, much older renovated warehouse in a dumpy part of town (very close to a homeless shelter or mission, with lots of panhandlers roaming the streets around it!) I would conservatively estimate that 65 to 70% of the people I worked with only two years ago, are no longer employed there!

    Advice to Management

    Give the sales managers much more training on how to 'lead' and 'manage' their sales teams.


  8. Helpful (1)

    False salary promises, suffocating micromanagement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alabama Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Genuine camaraderie amongst coworkers trying to help each other weather the storm, highly knowledgeable digital experts in some positions.

    Cons

    Upper management, titles and job descriptions change daily. Goals for salespeople are not ready at the start of the month, are changed mid month, and are almost never met. What you are given as your commission potential will never materialize and if it does once, the structure will be changed before it can happen again. If you are the breadwinner in your family, you absolutely cannot depend on this job to support you. Commission"guarantees" will be provided for a new employee and every few months when the company has yet another structure shift, but they will be only a percentage of your full commission. Sadly, the company seems to have perfected a method for guaranteeing sales staff never gets paid what they were promised at hire. The level of micromanagement is a study in how to demoralize employees and run a company into the ground. The desperate financial situation of the company is evident as management pushes deals that aren't ripe for close, monitors every minute of the salesperson's day, and questions each and every move the employee makes. There is zero autonomy and zero trust in even a seasoned salesperson's ability to function. There is a clear closed door policy: your views on how to make things better are not welcome no matter how many years experience you have. The shady practice of management encouraging input serves only to root out "troublemakers" and those who think for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    This company desperately needs overhaul by an entity completely outside of its own walls. Bring upper management in from a successful media organization not from within the Advance Publications realm, if they'll come. The company is in such disastrous shape, those inside can't see the forest for the trees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    So much potential, but held back by upper management..

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Sales in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    AMG consists of many employees who want to believe in what they are doing...people who want to do something great and make a difference in the community. There are people there who you are proud to know and work alongside.

    Cons

    The senior leadership team at AMG seems lost. Every 90 days, it feels like a new "Hail Mary" attempt to right the ship in terms of what the go-to-market strategy is. As such, morale and overall buy-in by those mentioned above is consistently low. There is an absence of employee development, whether it be developing a new account executive, account manager, and otherwise...or a team manager who maybe has no previous experience in management. As such, it just further adds to what's wrong at AMG, making things even worse. There are people employed by AMG today that are capable of making the company great; the problem is that the people that could do something about it will never let that happen.

    Advice to Management

    Engage with your people; learn first-hand what they are capable of doing that will make AMG a better company. Listen; there are so many people that have something valuable to say that easily change how they feel about their job. Invest in your employees; provide resources and tools and processes that will allow them to develop and grow with your company. And don't roll out the next go-to-market strategy until it has been fully "baked"; creating the title, putting a person in the role, and telling them that "we will figure it out" does not instill confidence that you are heading in the right direction.


  10. Emotional Roller Coaster sums it up!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mobile, AL

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers were fun to hang with and were more helpful than anyone else there.

    Cons

    The company is in total disarray. Training was horrible and unorganized like the rest of the company. Constant changes in upper management and none of them knew what they were doing either. Was micro-managed to death!

    Advice to Management

    Other than my immediate supervisor, they all lacked in personal skills and overall ability to steer the company in the right direction. Get a full time person to train your sales rep's from day one.


  11. Good Products, Terrible Execution

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.



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