Media General Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Media General President and CEO Vincent L. Sadusky
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. Great Company & Management, but low wages.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Media General

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring the good people, and start clearing out the dead wood in your local properties.


  2. GREAT they really care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA

    I have been working at Media General

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The board that controls the company is not the best.


  3. My experie4nce at Media General was great

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you do what you are supposed to do for the most part they leave you alone & let you do your job

    Cons

    No cons. I really didn't have any problems while I was employed there

    Advice to Management

    Upper management was very approachable. Mr. Bryan seemed to be able to call everyone by name & I really appreciated that.


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  5. great field

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    Current Employee - Media in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Media in Pune (India)

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

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

    Pros

    good experiance in media field

    Cons

    nothing downside in media fieldq

    Advice to Management

    no i m not intrested


  6. Challenges are Met With Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Media General

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities as it expands business and begins making progress in the internet sector. Excellent networking opportunities and experience/growth available with the support of a professional working environment. The organization and different divisions within the company allow plenty of ways to migrate into other related careers. Certainly a great place for a variety of experiences.

    Cons

    Publishing and newsprint is a difficult market to be in. There is opportunities for the publishing division to be innovative, but they are resistant. Publishing is definitely not dead, but new ideas seem to be. Decentralized management, giving individual papers/locations relative autonomy makes it difficult to be effective in a support or management role.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in new ideas and begin centralizing the management. Have all divisions share a vision and purpose and push this, along with initiative from the top down. We can then minimize investment in resources, share and adopt best practices across the board and spend less time working on individual obstacles and focus on growing the business.


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    Only thing constant is change

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    Current Employee - Copy Editor in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Copy Editor in Lynchburg, VA

    I have been working at Media General

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Middle-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.

    Cons

    There 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 Management

    Tell 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.


  8. Not a bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC

    I worked at Media General

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    i think management does a good job managing the company. The decline of newspaper circulation has really hurt the company.


  9. It has been a learning experience.

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    Current Employee - A/R & CREDIT MANAGER in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - A/R & CREDIT MANAGER in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Media General

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  10. Good place to learn and grow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Media General

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lhigh number of assets to be competitive in the market

    Cons

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    My experience was very good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    Colleagues 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Management 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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