Digital First Media Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Terrific

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice career opportunity with plenty of room to grow due to supportive management

    Cons

    None so far, I have enjoyed my experience working for this company. You get back what you put in, with plenty of learning opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being supportive and approachable!


  2. Growing innovative Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Digital First Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovation of new products Forward thinking in tough market place Empower employees

    Cons

    Ready, Fire, Aim - no clear strategic planning Too many new products - not giving enough time and focus for an idea to take shape Forecasting and Budgeting take too much time and energy away from important work

    Advice to Management

    Get better at strategic planning Stop reforecasting incorrect forecasts. Build solid plans and stick to them


  3. Great digital products, but lacks direction.

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    Current Employee - Sales Director
    Current Employee - Sales Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time

    Pros

    Great digital products. Seems to always be leading the industry.

    Cons

    Company mission is to cut cost, not to invest and grow. Employees are not appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to ground level feedback and make adjustments as needed.


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  5. Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Multi Media Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Multi Media Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to execute goals on your own terms. Management is not overbearing. You'll have the freedom to get the job done as you see fit

    Cons

    Not a lot of structure or direction. Overall though we know our job we just need to get it done. Also when conflicts arise we don't have much power to change operating procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more structure and support. Worry less about the worries of other managers/teams in the company and work more on helping THIS team achieve the goals


  6. Great vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Digital First Media full-time

    Pros

    The pros of Digital First Media are that they allow their employees to innovate and take risks to accomplish goals.

    Cons

    The cons are that they don't invest enough in technology to make the employees and reader experiences better

    Advice to Management

    My advice is that you can't cut your way to success. Invest in platforms that match the advanced sales knowledge of the company.


  7. Great Place, Great People but Upper Management Dubious

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer
    Former Employee - Web Developer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital First Media full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people and middle-management.

    Cons

    Poor product and senior management are disconnected and have no plan.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lay everyone off.


  8. Paginator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mamaroneck, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mamaroneck, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Digital First Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, understanding and flexible management

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to move up


  9. Low Pay and Constant Consolidation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Ledger Accountant in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - General Ledger Accountant in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Digital First Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company was constantly growing. However now overtime is limited and the maximum amount of work is consumed.

    Cons

    Some management staff is unqualified. The remaining management staff is under paid and over worked.

    Advice to Management

    please ensure proper training to lower level employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Always asking for more, always giving less

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Copy Editor/Paginator in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Copy Editor/Paginator in Lowell, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, dynamic environment. You can't help but be knowledgable about what is going on in the city and broader community. Editing staff has many decades of experience, while writers are youthful, energetic. Work is largely independent and can at times be creative.

    Cons

    You are always asked to do more in the same amount of time and for the same pay. You don't get a lot of recognition when things go right, but definitely know when they go wrong. Not much room to move up, since most of staff is veteran and will probably retire in those positions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep telling us how great the company is doing at increasing readership and keeping costs down and generating ad revenue and then say raises aren't possible.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Strategy is all about liquidation.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital First Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some good people who work there and the potential for interesting projects.

    Cons

    Management is focused on politics and looking good to investors, rather than investing in people, products, and digital media strategies. There's no effort to look at the competition, no effort to develop strategic products, no effort to develop internal talent (or attract rock star outside talent) to improve the team quality.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking about how you can sell off parts of the company. Think about how you can solidify and make the existing company strong.



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