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A great, commited staff operating in a stifling management structure

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

Pros

Great people who care about the company. An awesome, respected brand. Reasonable benefits. An awesome place to work on your skills.

Cons

Vapid promotion path for technical roles. Highly variable experience depending on team. Teams operate in silos and interdependence is managed poorly. Editorial vision interpenetrates everything, sometimes to a fault.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The Times is still very much an organization in the middle of a huge transition. It's understandable that there's still a lot of tweaking to be done in structuring the tech departments, and great strides were made during my time there. That said, there's still a long way to go before the organization is truly "agile."

Too much pressure is put on development managers who work directly on teams in technical roles alongside engineers. More could be done to alleviate the burden of meetings and planning on these roles to allow them to focus on product quality, especially testing and quality assurance. Mid-level management is far too focused on rubber stamps and outdated heuristics of product quality. Time to market is atrocious due to all the various management approvals that good continuous integration practices could obviate.

The summation of these problems leads to a lack of oversight, resulting in "stay safe" management practices that greatly impede innovation. Managers who are risk-adverse (to a fault) seem to be placed in charge of the most ambitious projects and get the most resources. This contributes to a brain drain on fresh talent; a lot of the best leave the quickest when their opportunities to learn and innovate are exhausted by the red tape.

A little more direction from the top wouldn't be a bad thing! It's ok to demand that effort be put into certain things that help everyone... at least make sure that teams are making progress towards sound documentation and decent test coverage.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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