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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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    Top leadership places no value on newsrooms

    Interactive Content Manager (Former Employee)

    Pros- good people / coworkers
    - good experience in the field
    - ability to transfer to other properties within the chain

    Cons- economy causes leadership to place low value on journalists and content
    - rampant misogyny
    - constantly changing goals prevent solid foundation for action

    Advice to Senior ManagementCutting content won't win back readers or investors. You need to find a way to reach those you aren't reaching rather than self-mutilating the company to try to survive with a dying audience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    District Supervisor, salaried position, work 50 plus hours per week with no additional pay. Work all hours of the nigh

    District Supervisor (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsNice office space, good location.

    ConsDay and evening hours with no extra pay for all hours worked and low salary, mimimum wage after working 50 plus hours on salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise salaries

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Blind leading the blind

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInitially seemed like they were committed to multimedia journalism; decent benefits package; excellent environment to learn about how to work on other platforms

    ConsIt's corporate journalism to its very core, which ultimately means it's a bean counter-driven operation. Any talk of "multimedia" inevitably came down to a way to downsize the operation, forcing multiple jobs on one person, which led to an inferior product. Poor judgment from upper management in evaluating good journalism. Upper management tried its best to marginalize innovative, contrarian ideas that did not match up with theirs, as well as the voices of young people (ie, the people they are trying to reach the most), which is frustrating to see as the young public continues to laugh at their product and their subsequent and transparent attempts to be "hip."

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees at the worker level. Respect their input and don't put all stock in the ideas of a senior editor who hasn't left the office in 20 years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bait and switch

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood ratings in the industry, fair benefits

    ConsThey have a great "pitch" to get you on board. Beware of the details they don't share. Be sure to ask how many people are there this year versus last year. Management style is from the '50's. The "boys club" reigns and double standard is rampant: men vs women. The exception is the female senior manager that has even the rank and file quaking in their boots; just because she can. They have absolutely no sense of customer service either. Digital journalists are hired and fired with not even 90 days to prove themselves. They do not have a progressive disciplinary policy; no warnings, just " they are gone" with little or no reason.
    Absolutely without doubt, the most inefficient, poorly managed operation I have ever encountered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI can't begin to give advice. My advice to applicants regardless of job function is look elsewhere.

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

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    Still too many self-interested middle managers counting till retirement. Incapable managers remain.

    Web Developer (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsGood place to learn for a short time, work on your skills and try to numb yourself to inevitable M.T. Suits which remain after new owners.

    ConsCompany has such a history of mismanagement and indifference to employees that any manager with 10+ years would have to be removed and that isn't likely. Not a single word from any company rep or source could be trusted. Every encounter with management forced one into a defensive position -management very confrontational. Exhausting micro-management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUntil old management has reached their retirement or been ousted, little positive change can occur unless forced upon them by new owners.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst place I ever worked, bar none!

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Columbus, GA

    ProsKnowledgeable and helpful co-workers who cared about the product. The product was a great one to sell. The compensation was very reasonable.

    ConsManagers are inept as it gets. Good ole boy system alive and well in their linen suits. Upper management is absolutely clueless. Middle management is just trying to hang onto their jobs. While I was there, middle managers were partying with reps and handing accounts out to the girls they partied with. Upper management was receiving reports of Peyton Place and they would shoot the messenger. The place was so bad they bought a traffic system that was virtually unusable. No body bothered to check it out before this huge corporate purchase? Thousands upon Thousands of dollars lost in advertiser dollars because they could not figure the system out. Departments were not allowed to talk to other departments unless they went through Department heads. If this company makes it through the decade, color me surprised.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlready given and rejected. They prefer to ride this wagon till the wheels fall off.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't go down with a sinking ship

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsProduct at one time was great. Nice people to work with. could have been a lifelong career.

    ConsManagement has no clue about changing times, the paper is not what it use to be.. They sit there and say we are the trib and advertisers need us. This company for years has been reactives as opposed to proactive. Through mismanagement from the top all the way down to the local sales managers has given the St. Pete Times the opportunity to take over the Tampa Bay market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook for new jobs because It's too late. This company will be shut down and the building and land will be sold. You handed over the market to the Times, hope you enjoye!

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

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    A company going to the pits

    Senior Executive (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsSome nice folks who genuinely know the business and really works hard.

    ConsGood ol' Boys and Girls club. All taking care of each other until they retire in the next 5 to 10 years. No reason to take chances or innovate.

    Board is completely useless.

    The person who runs the Columbus station is a big loser and everyone in corporate wonders why he doesn't get fired. CEO is a loser, has no vision or backbone. Incoming CEO has no experience and is a genuine prick. The company has no future and they know it. It looks like they are getting ready to sell off the rest of the business in the near future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStopping fooling yourselves. You have no innovation in your blood.

    Stop lying to your employees.

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

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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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    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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