Metroland Media Group Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
16 Reviews

2.8
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Senior Software Developer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work/Life Balance, Senior Management,
    Culture & Values

    Cons

    increasing workloads for existing employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Has been a positive experience, opportunity to grow and develop, great people, community focused.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Metroland Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Great internal training opportunities for development, large company with many internal posted opportunities, individual development plans available to work with your manager on developing your skills for your career path. Entrepreneurial company, allows for your ideas to be heard. Opportunities exist to work with and make a difference in your community.

    Cons

    Some leaders still have old school mentality when it comes to office culture, improvements could be made in this area, but there are many great locations to work from across this large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to improving culture to stay competitive and retain employees, make leaders accountable for this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Do not work here.

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    Current Employee - Retail Representative  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Retail Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You are not micro managed here. You get paid on time. It's really hard to come up with pros. Sorry.

    Cons

    Clueless upper management. The company is going down. Do not work here. Do not work here. I repeat do not work here. Thank you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good working experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Production Design  in  Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graphic Production Design in Burlington, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Immediate management are fair, and care about their employees. Compensation package is good. Good opportunities for various types of employment.

    Cons

    Need more opportunities for in house web training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Severe lack of progressive thinking..

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    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Representative  in  Halton Hills, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Halton Hills, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Good people for the most part
    - Work with interesting clients

    Cons

    - Old school management/motivation techniques. They instill a "fear" culture in sales so you essentially feel as though a proverbial "gun" is to your head with every project, in spite of the fact that you'll be pushing products that your clients clearly do not want.
    - Products need to be reinvented/refreshed. When something is not working, DON'T keep doing it and hoping for increased results!
    - They expect their sales people to be miracle workers.
    - Have recently partnered with a company called NRS Media who walk a fine legal line with their bully tactics towards sales staff. Senior sales people are forced to do hours on end of straight up cold telemarketing whilst having to generate their own dead-end leads.
    - It has become a ridiculous environment with way too many balls for each sales person to juggle, and not being compensated accordingly for all the angst that is derived for the overwhelming work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Simple - LISTEN to your sales people....LISTEN to your clients! Do not continually force products down your clients' throats and expect them to remain loyal and happy.
    - Do NOT implement programs (NRS Media) that make your entire fleet of sales people miserable to the point of mass exodus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Challenging both positively and negatively.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Manager  in  St. Catharines, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in St. Catharines, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Training, benefits and potential growth where very good.

    Cons

    As a manager I was not incented nearly enough and the workload made for a work/life balance very difficult. I guess this happens in companies that are experiencing a downward turn. When it was good it was good though and I am appreciative of the opportunities provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spread your managers and sales staff to thin. Consider more project management/planning before launching something new to consider the human casualties and resource debris that may result. Listen to your staff when they protest as there are common threads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Alright place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, though you need to stay for a minimum of 3 years to take a full advantage of their group benefits, shorter weekly hours, near the highway, friendly people

    Cons

    Measly pay, poor and non existent work culture in some departments, no possibility of career growth, staggered hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more communication between departments and management. I feel there's no vision or direction of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Empty promises

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    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Representative  in  Thorold, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Thorold, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great starting off point after college to get sales experience under your belt. Managers do not act like managers, they are your friends. This means you have less accountability than you would normally have and a generally easier and more fun work environment. There are lots of group activities to keep employees engaged: contests, lottery pool, birthday parties, free food, etc

    Cons

    Base pay + commission works out to less than minimum wage if you don't sell. I meet my quotas and live off of $400 a week. The driving this job requires me to do costs approx. $100 a week, leaving me with less than minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commission based pay does not make your reps sell more and succeed. It perpetuates hostility at the bottom level (the level that makes the company money) and it's why you have a revolving door of people quitting and starting, over and over. There are sales reps who use food banks and that is shameful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Classic inept management and employees take the fall for their poor decisions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Metroland Media Group part-time

    Pros

    They leave you alone - which actually speaks to the lack of work to do. The benefits are good, I suppose.

    Cons

    Metroland has a wide range of resources, but is quick to pull the plug on projects and employees. Upper management hires poor middle management, who develop poor products which fail. Rather old fashioned in adherence to print and in their treatment of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if the goal of the division is "aggressive profits" then perhaps spend time developing products that people actually want, rather than hiring inept people who fail, which results in laying people off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Pleasant

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    Current Employee - District Representative  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - District Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Metroland Media Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility with work hours, this is excellent if you have a family.

    Cons

    Wages are low depending on the division you are in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people according to their experience.

    Neutral Outlook

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