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Great location, terrible environment for IT worker

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Current Employee - Senior Unix Systems Engineer in New York, NY
Current Employee - Senior Unix Systems Engineer in New York, NY

I have been working at New York Times full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Commute to Times Square is easy.

Some genuinely smart people work here.

It's a brand people actually recognize.

Company work hours are pretty flexible.

Cons

Oh boy:

Complete lack of direction from upper and middle management. Teams even under the same director actively do not speak to one another, causing a litany of fiefdoms, duplication of effort, and other forms of waste and intrigue.

Nepotism is extremely strong here. Managers seem to heavily favor people with whom they have worked before. You can see waves of people flocking in from <insert company here> at a given time because they have hired someone in management from <insert company here>. No actual vetting of these people can occur and it's outright heresy to question.

The company has a schizophrenic culture based on young people fresh into the field wanting to only do new things to older people stuck in the past wanting to only do things their way. There is often little to no middle ground or attempts to create standards, with phrases such as "it stifles innovation" strewn about.

Retention rates are abysmal. In less than two years I have become a long-timer. That not only leads to a constant brain drain, but it has created so many promotions of the "last man standing" as to exacerbate the poor quality of the middle management. Promotions are also so irregularly given with some groups heavily favored by management over others without merit or reason that it hastens the departure of the actually talented.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Uh, speak to each other once in a while and try to actually create some standards within the organization, or you'll continue to sink a ship already in a dying industry.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
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    decent but highly variable experience depending on your team/manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You're furthering a mission that's actually worth something positive for the world. The technology can be very forward leaning, depending on the group you're working with. Nice office space and generally smart co-workers.

    Cons

    The kind of work you'll get to do can be highly variable in terms of how interesting it is based on what team you're working with. Of the major IT groups, NYTD probably gets the most interesting work on a day to day basis. Be forewarned that some of the middle management are absolutely terrible and can be very demoralizing to work for if you're unlucky enough to land on their team, and the higher management is not clueful enough to notice (or, worse, doesn't care) that some teams have double-digit annual turnover while others in the same group have zero.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay close attention to attrition of technical staff under different managers. If you've any hope of one day transcending ink-on-paper, NYTD will likely form the core of whatever method that is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Siebel Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Siebel Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We great company to work for , Management is very great in giving directions for team. Diversified team , onshore/offshore model .

    Cons

    Since its onshore/offshore model , you need to work late hours also

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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