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Extraordinary and Maddening

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Former Employee - Various Titles Over Many Years in New York, NY
Former Employee - Various Titles Over Many Years in New York, NY

I worked at New York Times full-time (More than 10 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The best newspaper in the U.S. hands down.

Cons

Different rules for the business side and news side. That said the media space is a challenging place to work given the change in media buying and revenue.

Advice to Management

Love Jill! Give that woman a raise!

Middle management has more talent than you think, on the news and business sides. Make it okay to be in middle management. We all don't want to be AMEs or VPs. But take advantage of the expertise, don't shun them.

Keep making the hard decisions in this changing media landscape, but keep the core. The business side has been stellar in keeping the paper afloat--the unsung heroes. They are doing it better than any other comparable media property.

Delivery needs more attention, I can't stand getting the Post or Daily News delivered to my door step! It happens 2-3x a month.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Designer

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is great if you want a stable job and to be in guild where you are protected and have a steady income. There are perks to the guild like benefits, raises, and they consistently negotiate things with the company. The company does have a beautiful building and a reputable name so naturally it looks good on your resume. If you just want a job that pays, this is a good place to not have to worry or work too hard.

    Cons

    However, what comes with the guild is a separation within the company and a clear "us and them" mentality. The company doesn't value its employees and constantly tries to milk you for money through selling you gifts and constantly haggling you with products. Corporate swag and novelty gifts will cost you money here. Nothing is free - don't expect a single dime more than the salary you are given. The company is very cheap to its employees - there are vending machines everywhere, even coffee in the pantry isn't free and you have to bring your own milk. Holiday parties are unheard of. Vacation days are extremely limited (10 days annually and even the day after Thanksgiving is a working day) The salary is below what you could earn elsewhere. The software is outdated and difficult to use. Virtually everything they use is ancient and the structure is rigid. Management is not open to new ideas especially given the scale of the company and projects are often passed down through a hierarchy so that you only execute without explanation or context. Everyone is just there to make money and leave - there are very little opportunities to socialize outside of work, unless you join a diversity group or club (much like a student center in college) then they arrange sporting or hobby events or get togethers based on your heritage. There are many many people that will work here for 20-30 years though, especially because the company is stable and the business is interesting. The work can be menial if you're not a journalist/editor. It depends on what you are looking for. If you just want a job and can put up with the bureaucracy, this can be a good place for your career. At least people know its name.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Smart people making mediocre products.

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

    I worked at New York Times full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The New York times is a great workplace. They have an awesome product - the news. The mission is clear, and has a worldwide message.

    Cons

    As a software engineer, the Digital / website departments continue to get shafted to the whims of the Newsroom. Many promising ideas to innovate in the field of online news production are continually poo-poohed by the newsroom, crippling their attempts to move into a continuing leadership role in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Move the three or four project directors and tech leads out of the critical path of actually building great software. Their loyalist attitude over the course of my employment caused significant brain drain in the middle and upper developer positions. Create barriers between the newsroom and the development teams, allowing actual innovation to take place - the people have been in place, until they left because of seemingly endemic middle management hassles.


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