Media General Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
59 Reviews

2.7
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Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton
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38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay and benefits, flexible schedules (in 3 reviews)

  • Active TV news industry; Health Insurance Better than Average; Vacation Days; High (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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  1.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very unfulfilling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    At one time MG was a progressive company but has now lost it's way.

    Cons

    Media General is struggling financially because of the heavy debt load and the down turn in the newspaper industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete review of how the company has been divided, especially the newspaper division. It is not working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Media General is meeting fellow coworkers who mistakingly took the same position you did thinking they might set the world on fire. The job also comes with a certain amount of freedom.

    Cons

    Laughable pay, always on call (blackberry,) TV and newspaper media are dying - Media General too late to notice. Management arbitrarily hire from outside. No respect for older employees. Little vacation time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit making up ridiculous positions to find friends a job. Realize TV and newspaper are the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Circulation

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    Current Employee - Circulation Manager
    Current Employee - Circulation Manager

    I have been working at Media General

    Pros

    Helping people in customer service. Good company benefits.

    Cons

    Working early morning hours at any day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more positions so that the job is not so stressful.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top leadership places no value on newsrooms

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    Former Employee - Interactive Content Manager
    Former Employee - Interactive Content Manager

    I worked at Media General

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Cutting 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    They will cut you off at he knees.

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Sales in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Media General

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sales people pay your salary start treating us with a little respect and dignity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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