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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)

  • 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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    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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    In four years I learned that Media General will not get past their news paper mentality.

    Central Broadcast Controller (Former Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsThey are spread out nicely around the south eastern united states. They have some nice perks for working in media and have lots of way to help other people.

    ConsThey have tons of debt, tons of news papers, and no plan on how to make money. Their is little growth and constant threat of lay offs and furloughs. Internal transfers are never followed up on and would rather hire local less qualified people then keep current people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need a clear plan forward and stop asking employees for ideas or their money.

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    Good place to learn and grow

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsLhigh number of assets to be competitive in the market

    ConsToo many initiatives and constant change. There is not opportunity to see if the current path is successful before more change is implemented.

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    It has been a learning experience.

    A/R & CREDIT MANAGER (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsThey have management that are very good and communicate with their employees.

    ConsThe media industry is having a hard time and they have had to lay-off people recently.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice to see MG look at each business unit individually and make decisions based on their profitability.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learned a lot, gained more expereince and responsiblity but lost money.

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsMake your own schedule. You can relocate pretty easily.

    ConsCommission only, lack or management skills

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk questions spend a day with thestaff before you implement new plicies new technology new ways of doing things. You know common sense!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    GREAT they really care

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Roanoke, VA

    ProsYou get gifts, sick days and a lot of vacation days. very laid back

    ConsThe board that controls the company is not the best.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Charleston, SC

    Prosnice location
    produced a good news product
    great coworkers
    new building in a great location
    good communication from corp
    pay was good

    Consvery aggressive with contracts
    advertising dependent, leads to job cuts in lean times
    very newspaper focused
    requiers lots of paperwork for reporting

    Advice to Senior Managementi think management does a good job managing the company. The decline of newspaper circulation has really hurt the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company & Management, but low wages.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsCompany is still profitable.
    Has money to reinvest
    Depending on the division you work for there are lots of really smart and talented people working here.
    Great Management team.
    Lots of change

    ConsDeclining business model
    Low compensation
    Very, very, very corporate. Think "Office Space".

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep hiring the good people, and start clearing out the dead wood in your local properties.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Only thing constant is change

    Copy Editor (Current Employee) Lynchburg, VA

    ProsMiddle-management is supportive and helpful, benefits are good for entry-level work. Facility is clean and well-cared for, town where I work (Lynchburg, Va.) is safe. Newspaper editors have a good grasp of what is relevant to their communities, and care deeply about good work being done.

    ConsThere is a sense that the higher-ups are scrambling to deal with the economy's effect on the biz. Plans for progress seem to be shifting. Makes you worry they'll decide next year that your job, what ever it may be, is too expensive, and chop it abruptly. Also, there is so much turnover! People who know what they're doing are leaving or being fired in droves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell us how you plan to pay for our jobs, in specifics. Too many meetings/memos are full of generalities, like "We will incorporate Twitter into our newsgathering" or "Online sales are the future" without any hard numbers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    They will cut you off at he knees.

    Sales (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsIf you are just starting out in your career, you should work here because you will get some decent experience.

    ConsSenior management decided to put all the sales people on straight commission. This would not be such a big deal except for the fact that the sales department is so disorganized. They hire whole departments and then decided to get rid of everyone in 6 months. There is no training and the managers are always changing their mind about what to focus on. Almost everyone in sales is looking for a job some place else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSales people pay your salary start treating us with a little respect and dignity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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