Media General Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Good people but company is in rough waters

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Media General

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people there are great and the atmosphere is relaxed. They are going through cutbacks. For someone lacking job experience and not looking for top dollar they are a good opportunity to build your resume.

    Cons

    MG is a media company in a bad economy and there have been many cutbacks. In the second half of 2011 they mandated 15 furlough days.

    Advice to Management

    You've been giving yourself raises while the company is going down the tubes. What does that do for morale? I bet you could find a better CEO for less than half the money. Evaluate the products that Digital Media is turning out.

  2. In four years I learned that Media General will not get past their news paper mentality.

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    Former Employee - Central Broadcast Controller in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Central Broadcast Controller in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Media General

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are spread out nicely around the south eastern united states. They have some nice perks for working in media and have lots of way to help other people.

    Cons

    They have tons of debt, tons of news papers, and no plan on how to make money. Their is little growth and constant threat of lay offs and furloughs. Internal transfers are never followed up on and would rather hire local less qualified people then keep current people.

    Advice to Management

    They need a clear plan forward and stop asking employees for ideas or their money.

  3. Good place to learn and grow

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    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.

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  5. Learned a lot, gained more expereince and responsiblity but lost money.

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

    I have been working at Media General

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

    Pros

    Make your own schedule. You can relocate pretty easily.

    Cons

    Commission only, lack or management skills

    Advice to Management

    Ask questions spend a day with thestaff before you implement new plicies new technology new ways of doing things. You know common sense!

  6. 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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Very unfulfilling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. 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.

  9. Helpful (2)

    sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Media General

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Circulation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Circulation Manager
    Current Employee - Circulation Manager

    I have been working at Media General

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping people in customer service. Good company benefits.

    Cons

    Working early morning hours at any day.

    Advice to Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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