NY Daily News Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
28 Reviews
2.6
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  1.  

    Has its pros and cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NY Daily News full-time

    Pros

    There are some extremely bright and talented members of the staff, mainly on the print side. You have the opportunity to work with local legends at a treasured institution. The staff is fun and sharp without being pretentious. The stories you produce have the potential to have great impact. There is a lot of investment in innovation on the web side, and huge growth in traffic. It's becoming a national brand.

    Cons

    The print side, where most of the talent works, is rapidly contracting. The quality on the web is a lot worse, which deters a lot of talent from wanting to work there. The print side does more real reporting while the web side does more rewrite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve quality on the web.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    How not to operate a call center

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer in Hicksville, NY
    Former Employee - Customer in Hicksville, NY

    I worked at NY Daily News part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Occasional free lunch, obligatory invite to corporate holiday party , cool supervisors

    Cons

    Micromanager with little to no education, weekend hours, expectations to work holidays, will be misguided and then made a scapegoat for manager errors. Manager was discriminatory, harassing, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example if you want results. As a customer-facing department, corporate will eventually take note of your incompetence, and your employees can't be blamed forever. Expect to eventually be held accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Really Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Voice Tech in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Voice Tech in New York, NY

    I have been working at NY Daily News full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexable hours and good team environment.

    Cons

    Some of the Management team could make better decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have yearly reviews and annual raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Highly dependent upon department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at NY Daily News full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I felt very well-supported and respected here. HR was phenomenal, pretty good perks, and excellent work-life balance. However, this seems to vary based on department and according to the personality of your manager(s). Even though it's old media, everyone still recognizes the name.

    Cons

    Compensation is relatively low, and it seems that morale in certain departments was pretty bad. There is some nepotism.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adios, integrity!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at NY Daily News full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is good. NYDN brand still has some residual value. Ok place to start off. Not a great place to work long term unless you are beyond the reach on erratic managers or have a masochistic streak.

    Cons

    Horrible, abusive office culture. At the Daily News, you are not a person, you are a production input. The output is online clicks, and they are the only thing that matters. If they means writing/posting stories you know are BS, so be it. You don't win points for prudent news judgment. That's like at the Daily News.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck on your race to the bottom. The Mail Online got there first, so why do just keep copying what they do? Is that really your long-range strategy?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Variety and Confusion

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freelance Reporter/Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Freelance Reporter/Writer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at NY Daily News as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Variety of jobs assigned, opportunity to work with esteemed, wide-circulation New York newspaper in print and online.

    Cons

    Internal confusion among editors. One editor will assign something and another editor will assign same to different reporters. This results in one or the other freelancer losing the assignment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication among departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience, learned a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at NY Daily News full-time

    Pros

    There's a lot of freedom to grow. Interns don't get coffee, they get bylines. There's definitely a "work hard, play hard" mentality here. Also, work-life balance is a lot better at the NYDN than it is at other publications I've worked for. You're not going to be stuck at your desk for 12 hours unless there's breaking news. And in that case, this is what you signed up for, right?

    Cons

    There's still an odd divide between "print" and "web" staffers, which leads to tension. And benefits aren't great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Depends on your Editor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor/Writer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor/Writer in New York, NY

    I have been working at NY Daily News (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you are working with the right editor, you will get great feedback, and will ultimately create interesting stories that get talked about. The Editor-in-Chief is amazing and passes along credit and praise to even the lowest ranked members of the team when it's due.

    Cons

    There are a few editors that are inattentive and meddling. Working with them can be career crushers as they don't seem to be invested in anything but covering their asses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reporter/writer reviews of the direct report editors.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Old & Cheap

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Online Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Online Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at NY Daily News full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are smart, passionate and great people. Easy to learn from some of the best in the business, and job responsibilities are clear, consistent and reasonable for the amount of hours you're expected to work.

    Cons

    Management not open to change, even for more efficient processes. Very little hope for growth opportunities. Many employees not technically savvy enough for 21st century journalism. Hardly any office camaraderie or perks. Not even a free subscription to the paper!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Out with the old, in with the new. Be open to adapting to a fast-changing industry.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Went from 10 to 1 .... great fit for masochists

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NY Daily News as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A job in journalism with some benefits (that you pay for)
    Some very sharp, friendly colleagues; good camaraderie and excellent team spirit
    Pleasant enough workspace, absent superstorms
    A known entity (if you are over 35)

    Cons

    It's a rapidly sinking ship with few working life vests and smart but very depressed people all around you
    "Leaders" too scared to create/innovate/evolve/grow. Spend all energy all day attempting to safeguard their jobs (with good reason), read boss' mind, and avoid nasty dressdowns from same
    Scant tangible appreciation for hard work and (generous amounts of) unexpected, unpaid overtime
    No one will help you grow *any* skills relevant in real world today ... that is all on you, so make very sure that you take care of you
    Raises nonexistent; promotions few ... unless you are in the very,very tiny "In Group" of scarily expert brown-nosers
    Manager-to-worker ratio about 1-3 and still heading north
    Rank, abusive management style rapidly gaining traction and popularity
    Cost-cutting measures edging toward cartoonish
    Work-life balance great - the minute you leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a clue, learn New York City (not the affluent little suburb/nearby state you live in), report some actual news here and there (just for fun!) and stop putting all your daily efforts into killing a once-great American institution
    Appreciate, reward and thank God for your talented, loyal, dedicated, very hardworking staff that still gives its all every single day though only He knows why

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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