Media General Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Media General President and CEO Vincent L. Sadusky
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Pros
  • good pay and benefits, flexible schedules (in 3 reviews)

  • Company is a well-known name in news field (in 4 reviews)

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

  • Furloughs and staff reductions (2008-2010) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Run into the ground

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company was great for a long time (I worked there almost 15 years), up until Marshall Morton became CEO. True sense of family.

    Cons

    leadership totally lacked vision and ran the company into the ground. The company now (after merging with two other media companies in 2 years) is not the same. From what I hear from those still left there, the new leadership is all about squeezing as much profit as possible. No sense of caring about the employees at all.


  2. informant for upper management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are on a par with other companies in this field. Grateful for anything. Some good people who invariably don't stay.

    Cons

    Constant micro-managing. Focus on recording insignificant 'errors' completely unaware of real quality of talent. Fear-mongering. Dated management whims.

    Advice to Management

    Management has never listened to anyone but yes-men and paid consultants.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Nice at first, then management changes locally and misses its mark

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers that were not in management

    Cons

    Management is more about quantity than quality of product for viewers/customers than employees ideals

    Advice to Management

    Care and listen to employees more


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Job, Very Low Pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn the field, expand skill set, and explore all facets of the media industry. Management is generally very excited about pursuing new ideas and initiatives.

    Cons

    The pay is the lowest I've seen from any broadcast group. Even after the multiple mergers, employees in original Media General stations saw no up-tick in salaries. The MG stations become a training ground--employees come, build experience, then get poached by Hearst, Raycom, and others because they offer more reasonable salaries. With the increase in health care premiums, many workers are looking at secondary incomes outside of the stations, which hurts focus, morale, and on-air product. I would love to make a lifetime career out of working at my MG station, but there's no way I could afford it on such a low salary with only 2% increases each year.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously consider revisiting compensation minimums company-wide, not just for new employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    National Sales Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Media General full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a great deal during a heavy political cycle, had good managers to work with, good sales team and very good traffic person, GM at the time seemed to care about the station (last year of employment was before 2011 but Glassdoor won't let me change it).

    Cons

    Very low salary, tried to stay with company after station sale but blocked from doing so even though others were allowed, MG kept an employee who testified in a lawsuit against the station who would have been fired from most stations yet good people laid off, no place to move up without moving to another station

    Advice to Management

    Spend time in stations seeing how the average person works, don't keep bad people just because you're afraid of a lawsuit you would likely win anyway


  7. Helpful (1)

    Business Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager
    Current Employee - Business Manager

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    they have so much going on that they don't notice a lot, so it's easy to slide under the radar

    Cons

    they are unstable and with the drop in their stock value, I was left up a creek wout a paddle

    Advice to Management

    start making your management communicate with non management employees so everyone has a chance to know what is going on within the company and station


  8. Rollercoaster Ride

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid compensation. Decent benefits. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Disruptive industry change made the time there stressful and uncertain at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Improve front-line communication. Keep rank and file in the loop and help them to feel valued.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Downward Spiral

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was good for a while, even through the rough furlough days. Pay is alright but could be much better.

    Cons

    The top tier of management is disengaged and clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Move on and stop trying to burn this institution down. Richmond burned once and that's enough.


  10. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Individual stations have an excellent work environment. Employees are all of good spirits

    Cons

    All about the bottom line.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Doesn't care about employees and treats them as expendable.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - News Producer in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - News Producer in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Own the top station in the market I live in.

    Cons

    Getting time off is next to impossible, the hours are ridiculous (not quantity, just the schedule), and management is not understanding in the least that employees have personal lives. Also, the pay is not good either.

    Advice to Management

    Show you employees that you care more by paying them a living wage, being fair, and treating them with more respect (even if this is their first job). Also understand that even though this is the news business, reporters/anchors/producers all do have family and friends.



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