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Updated Jul 21, 2014

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2.6 55 reviews

17% Approve of the CEO

Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton

Marshall N. Morton

(36 ratings)

26% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay and benefits, flexible schedules(in 3 reviews)

  • Active TV news industry; Health Insurance Better than Average; Vacation Days; High(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Crying out to upper management for help produced no results(in 3 reviews)

  • Still a newspaper, old school mindset to doing business that has been dead for at least 15 years(in 5 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    okay to work there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood pay and benefits, flexible schedules

    Consnot personal, not understanding, not caring

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    Brief but fun!

    Web Developer (Former Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsI worked briefly at a Media General station that was piloting hyperlocal social media. At the time, it was a very exciting and dynamic environment. There were a lot of talented and bright people that were very dedicated to this innovative project.

    ConsMedia General corporate seemed very disconnected from individual properties (stations/papers) and thus seemed out of touch with what was and wasn't working with each one. Very strict IT policies on what can be installed makes it difficult to set up an effective web development enviroment.

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Too Many Managers who manage nothing but their personal lives

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsGreat Place to grow professionally. There are many benefits to working for #1 Newspaper, #1 TV station and #1 Local News Website.

    ConsWith so many changes in 2011 managers and employees were left wondering if their job would exist in the next week. They recently laid off 165 employees a week before Christmas. If you have a great year and bring in revenue over your annual budget you will pay for it the following year. To save money and even the playing field your percentage paid will be scaled down. You must work twice as hard to make the same as the previous year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrim middle management, empower and create incentives that motivate your employees, effectively combat regional competition, and invest in younger employees through management training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    company is struggling

    Producer (Current Employee)

    ProsA good place to get experience

    Conscontsant layoffs and furloughs. Not many opportunites for advancement

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    Man Overboard

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsThe job was interesting, varied and informative. My colleagues were the company's best asset. Everyone works hard to meet the common goal of a meaningful daily newspaper.

    ConsSadly, no one is buying newspapers anymore so there is a sense of futility in the newsroom. Waves of layoffs have sunk morale to a level of hopelessness. Management lays off productive, dedicated, long term employees like they were old news. Management doesn't have a clue how to save the newspsper so they lay off workers to boost the bottom line rather than cut the high paid decision-makers. As a result the newspaper suffers because there aren't enough people to produce meaningful content. Management is cold and clueless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReassess your approach to keeping the newspaper a viable product. Rehire some of the seasoned journalists you've laid off and reduce the number of highly paid upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people but company is in rough waters

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsThe people there are great and the atmosphere is relaxed. They are going through cutbacks. For someone lacking job experience and not looking for top dollar they are a good opportunity to build your resume.

    ConsMG is a media company in a bad economy and there have been many cutbacks. In the second half of 2011 they mandated 15 furlough days.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've been giving yourself raises while the company is going down the tubes. What does that do for morale? I bet you could find a better CEO for less than half the money. Evaluate the products that Digital Media is turning out.

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    sinking ship

    Account Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsThe best reason to work at Media General is meeting fellow coworkers who mistakingly took the same position you did thinking they might set the world on fire. The job also comes with a certain amount of freedom.

    ConsLaughable pay, always on call (blackberry,) TV and newspaper media are dying - Media General too late to notice. Management arbitrarily hire from outside. No respect for older employees. Little vacation time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit making up ridiculous positions to find friends a job. Realize TV and newspaper are the past.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Talk a lot of talk, but still a dinosaur that never woke up.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people. Used to be a safe place to work. Nothing changed (if you like that.) Slow pace despite huge expectations. Expectations are clearly defined: Make your numbers.

    Cons(1) Company leadership talks a good game, but does nothing about it. (2) Disconnect between COO / CEO level and the next level down who oversee field operations. Causes confusion and makes everyone risk adverse because all senior level management are trying to just not get fired... despite highest level management talking about "innovation". (3) Slow to react (4) There is a15% rule in which you pretty much can't get a pay increase over 15% during any promotion. (5) The _CEO_ has to sign off on any and every position brought into the company over $50,000 salary. (6) Despite being somewhat of an Internet company, everything is old school... culture, mindset, etc.. (7) everything about this place is contradictory and therefore frustrating. (8) Unrealistic expectations (9) Senior management have absolutely NO PLANS yet beat down local properties because they can't make 'the numbers'. (10) Tons of layoffs and cutbacks... you can't even order copier paper.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire. Get out of the way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Prepare to work 55-plus-hour weeks for 30-hour week pay.

    Assistant News Director (Former Employee) Wichita, KS

    ProsYou can't find journalism work elsewhere.

    ConsDownturn in the Florida economy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDump the Balanced Scorecard initiative and other "busy"paperwork that suppresses all employees' true initiative and creativity.

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Behind the Times

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsWear multiple hats, direct link to senior exectives

    Consnot enough staff for the work, horrible work-life-balance, laughable relationships between colleagues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are people, too. They can't counteract the deplorable state of your industry just cause you stomped your feet and told them, too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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