Media General

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Talk a lot of talk, but still a dinosaur that never woke up.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Media General

Pros

Great people. Used to be a safe place to work. Nothing changed (if you like that.) Slow pace despite huge expectations. Expectations are clearly defined: Make your numbers.

Cons

(1) Company leadership talks a good game, but does nothing about it. (2) Disconnect between COO / CEO level and the next level down who oversee field operations. Causes confusion and makes everyone risk adverse because all senior level management are trying to just not get fired... despite highest level management talking about "innovation". (3) Slow to react (4) There is a15% rule in which you pretty much can't get a pay increase over 15% during any promotion. (5) The _CEO_ has to sign off on any and every position brought into the company over $50,000 salary. (6) Despite being somewhat of an Internet company, everything is old school... culture, mindset, etc.. (7) everything about this place is contradictory and therefore frustrating. (8) Unrealistic expectations (9) Senior management have absolutely NO PLANS yet beat down local properties because they can't make 'the numbers'. (10) Tons of layoffs and cutbacks... you can't even order copier paper.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Retire. Get out of the way.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Prepare to work 55-plus-hour weeks for 30-hour week pay.

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    Former Employee - Assistant News Director in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Assistant News Director in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    You can't find journalism work elsewhere.

    Cons

    Downturn in the Florida economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump the Balanced Scorecard initiative and other "busy"paperwork that suppresses all employees' true initiative and creativity.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Listen to your employees. They are the only people in the company that really know what is going on.

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    Former Employee - Circulation Manager
    Former Employee - Circulation Manager

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    They really did have a lot of employees that cared about the newspaper.

    Cons

    They did not want to hear any of your ideas. They had hired people to give you the ideas that they wanted you to do. Managers had way to much to do that wasn't constructive. We spent to much time hiring and training people than trying to keep good peolple by paying them more. It was hard enough trying to keep the customers at one paper happy so the management thought it would be better to let us manage other papers close by and not compensate for all the extra work. Media General needs to go back to the basics and bring back the local news and try to keep good employees by paying them more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The way you are runn ing this company compared to other media companies is why you are struggling in all your divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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