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A challenging environment with exceptional colleagues

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

This is a company that believes in it's journalistic mission as a means of enriching society. It's important and it is great feeling that you are a part of that. In the NYT you get to work without many technologies covering latest 3rd party APIs, internal APIs, EC2, PHP, JavaScript, mobile (iOS, Android), internal CMS, feed services and more. Colleagues are sharp, good natured and great to work with. Management within software group are themselves software devs. Depending on your project you get to collaborate with editorial and build one of the largest news sites on the planet. Finally, there is an active roadmap to harnessing developer ideas and using that to drive innovation on the web site and within the organization.

Cons

Nothing worse that what you'd expect at other companies and would learn to navigate around. Product and Ad people try to get last minute features included after requirements freeze. Sometimes there are too many people at too many meetings (easy to avoid once you recognize they don't need to be there). As the company continues its push to digital first/print second there are a number of depts from print side that are struggling to stay relevant and thereby attaching a voice to projects they don't need to be in. Again, avoidable once you realize this.

Advice to Management

Listen to your developers more. Send more devs to conferences as advocates. Arrange more social events. Continue to foster the culture of innovation that you have begun. On a larger note, cut the fat if you are serious about the business. Lots of big meetings with people who add nothing to them or the company. You're splintering focus with both editorial and software having people on "emerging platforms" etc who don't talk or know of the other. You're afraid to fire people on editorial side so instead you promote them out or promote horizontally out which is still damaging.

Other Employee Reviews for New York Times

  1. A Great Place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, very intelligent people, understanding of time off and personal time.

    Cons

    Long hours, weekends and night are required.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Rewarding, but it takes over your life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Section Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Section Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Institutional influence; caliber of work; whip-smart people; very family-like atmosphere at the section level; ability to learn from the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Everyone assumes this is the most important thing in your life -- save family crisis, you are expected to work whenever, wherever (vacation? ha!).

    Advice to Management

    Listen better to what employees want instead of cherry-picking talented staffers for roles they may not turn out to be comfortable/effective in.


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