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Talented people, great business challenges to tackle, pay is not the reason you stay

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Great brand performing as well as it ever has, focused on the right business challenges, lot of experimentation and innovation.

Cons

As part of a profit-challenged sector, the pay is mid-level at best and annual increases are not great.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Bring in more new leadership talent.

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    Stable company with opportunity to learn a lot providing reasonably good benefits.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Diverse set of employees and flexible work hours make this company attractive to any employee. The reputation of the newspaper and history is well known around the world. Barring normal exceptions, people are generally good to each other. There is ample opportunity to intermingle with colleagues. Play after hours and relax.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential. Too much hierarchical structure. Often managers are not competent. Sometimes projects are inundated by individuals ego and aspiration to prove your point rather than looking at the overall big picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of managers and empower staff more.

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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

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than a year

    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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