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

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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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    Memo to Media General: It's the 21st Century Now.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsMy division was liquidated, so any pros experienced during my tenure are likely no longer existent there. It's possible, however, that the new owners of Media General (Berkshire Hathaway) are much more competent.

    ConsPoor handling of finances and a inability to respond to the 21st century's new media landscape contributed to the collapse of my division.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHopefully, the new owners were able to honestly evaluate the weaknesses of this company and make better choices. (Berkshire Hathaway has many more resources, so I assume this is the case.)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of opportunities as news employee. Lots of micromanaging

    Photojournalist (Current Employee)

    ProsI always had a fair amount of freedom. Do your job and you won't get bothered much. 3 weeks vacation after 3 years, 4 weeks after 10 years. You usually have what you need to work with, not much more. Pretty good benefits and PTO policy.

    ConsLots of changes at the corporate level, not sure if good or bad at this point. Small raises. Typical news media company. Lots of decisions being made by people who may not understand them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate restructuring currently going on - so not sure how that will change things. Make more of an effort to retain good employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good products terrible senior management

    Broadcast and Interactive Sales Manager (Former Employee)
    Myrtle Beach, SC

    ProsWorked mostly on broadcast television and online side in sales as both an AE then management and they have valuable advertising products. They also value their clients and focus on service is good at the local level

    ConsStill a newspaper, old school mindset to doing business that has been dead for at least 15 years. Too much old guard in decision making roles

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in identifying and developing your local and general sales managers. As these people go so go your sales revenue. Additionally break down the walls between on air, creative, engineering and sales, crazy how little we were allowed to collaborate inter department.

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

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    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Lake Norman of Catawba, NC

    ProsGreat people. Good pay. Very good management. Loved working there. Wish I was still working there.

    ConsIn sales the down side is always missing goals. But, the goals were pretty fair.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHappy with management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Career employee that left after seeing the same old mistakes and don't care attitude by Mgmt.

    Engineering (Former Employee)
    Savannah, GA

    ProsSome of the stations did let their employees go early on holidays and had station parties.

    Conspay is not the best, the management is terrible ( good old boys network alive and well ), people who were in tight with "movers and shakers" got key jobs that otherwise would never get even considered, lots of pressure to "produce" and watching consultants parade in and out of the stations giving them the same tired and unproductive advice and walking out with LOADS of cash

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit worrying about YOUR pockets and start worrying about your employee's pockets. You worry about cost, yet your poor pay and conditions force employees to leave. You then hire a new person and they make mistakes and errors in learning that cost you MONEY.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I worked at a station under Media General.

    Business Department (Former Employee)

    ProsThey usually would let employees leave a little early the day before holidays, pretty good pay, great insurance, and pretty good paid time off.

    ConsThe biggest con is the management at the station level. Crying out to upper management for help produced no results. Management needs to be firm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. The reason many are leaving is due to management. Hello! Why would employees be looking for other jobs! Please, MG, look in the mirror.

    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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    Locked in the movie "ground hog day"

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Spartanburg, SC

    ProsHealth insurance, that's about it!

    ConsCompanies lack of desire to move forward with the 21st century. Inability to have freedom to be creative with ads as client desires

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

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    Ok Place

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat boss to work for, promoted several times. Was able to work with the growing digital group.

    ConsDownsizing, good ole boys (promote those who aren't qualified to find a space for them. Few female leaders. Terrible CEO

    Advice to Senior ManagementTook too long to realize and make needed changes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good the bad and the ugly

    Sales Assistant (Current Employee)
    Tampa, FL

    ProsThe pay is ok, and they have air conditioning inside.

    ConsIn sales you will be surrounded by snakes, more everyone will smile in your face and then bite you in the ass if you let your guard down. Also It is one of the places that when you start and a assistant then you will stay as one. The only way to move around to something new here is to leave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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