Media General
2.6 of 5 52 reviews
www.mediageneral.com Richmond, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Media General Reviews

Updated May 13, 2014

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

Marshall N. Morton

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "good pay and benefits, flexible schedules"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Everyone works hard to meet the common goal of a meaningful daily newspaper"
    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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    Micromanaging and herds of middle managers impede work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are okay, not remarkable. It's a starting place: a place to grow skills, learn new software programs and the like.

    ConsLurking supervisors, weak middle managers who have had their jobs forever. Notably outdated company culture and management trends. Little value is attributed to outstanding performers. Staff reductions of those who actually do the work are commonplace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWith new owners it is hoped that there will be a major improvement in managers and morale.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bait and Switch

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Tampa, FL

    ProsThe compensation is decent, the co workers are great, and they have excellent on the job training.

    ConsIt starts with the interview process for the Classified Department. The 2 managers that are in charge make you think that you will be treated like an adult professional. Then when you start they micromanage you to death. When you try to approach them about this they say it's our way or the highway. Not a professional way to handle your employees concerns. Combine that with the fact that if you do manage to stick it out you go nowhere in the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDump the mid level managers that have been in the same position for more than 10 years and bring in people that have a fresh perspective and some empathy for their workforce.

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

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    It started good, got bad, then tripped down the rabbit hole to hit the awful bottom.

    Producer (Former Employee)
    Spartanburg, SC

    ProsActive TV news industry; Health Insurance Better than Average; Vacation Days; High news numbers; Sold off Newspapers!

    ConsNo raises; Furloughs; No opportunity for Growth; No bonuses; Pay is not competitive with market; Mismanagement and lack of communication within departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new management. Not adaptable to changes in technology/ways of doing things. Still run on "old school" notion -- news flash, newspapers do not run the media industry anymore. Focus on things in specific markets. Utilize Social Media more.

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

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    Epic Disappointment for ambitious sales minded professionals

    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsGood Coffee, exceptional hours, good parking, professional atmosphere.

    ConsAntiquated system and technology, poor management, lack of ingenuity. Takes two weeks to access reports. Too many chiefs, not enough indians. Far fetched expectations with out a firm foundation to work from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your minds and doors to new ideas and spend some time and money in IT.

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

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    Good people, good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsSupport staff, Management who genuinely care about their employees, and growth potential in the digital medium.

    ConsPrint industry is in trouble.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    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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    Shambles!

    Inside Sales Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsThere are a few good mid-level managers left, who somehow survived the lay-offs, and these managers are great to work for and have defended front-line workers as best they could.

    ConsMassive waves of lay-offs have contributed to a cynical, dog-eat-dog culture. The pay is terrible and worsening. And management seems to be unable to cope gracefully with the Richmond Times-Dispatch's dwindling relevance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConcentrate on creating more niche market and hyper-local publications, online or print. Also, a restructuring of the entire classified advertising section is needed. Perhaps more free ads for advertisers are needed -- or something like the first X amount of lines are free, etc. It just seems pointless to pay for classified ads these days.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    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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    My experience was very good.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Tampa, FL

    ProsColleagues are wonderful, interesting people. Working in same building with TV station WFLA and website TBO.com provides good multimedia experience. Building is in nice location downtown with picture windows overlooking the Hillsborough River.

    ConsAtmosphere a little depressing due to state of newspapers, shrinkage in newsroom staffing and news hole and continued threat of layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is probably doing everything it can in a difficult situation. It could perhaps do more to let employees know how much they are appreciated.

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