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Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.4 130 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

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Mark Thompson

(20 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee satisfaction is important, and a good work/life balance is provided(in 10 reviews)

  • Some genuinely smart people work here(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Expect to be responsible for your own career development(in 5 reviews)

  • Newspaper industry is struggling(in 5 reviews)

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    Good Company

    Systems Administrator (Former Employee) Norfolk, VA

    ProsHas wonderful benefits and perks.

    ConsDoes not seem to trust decisions of employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. That's why you hired them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Somewhat pleasant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Prosgood benefits such as 401K and medical

    Consits a matter of who you know to get ahead

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more forthcoming with sharing info

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great company, shaky industry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work if you're a journalist. One of the few places left that has the time and energy to dig into stories others can't get to. Developing some seriously strong interactive/multimedia muscles as well.

    ConsTech development is mismanaged and constantly bottlenecked. Company is chronically slow to make decisions, culture of too many people involved in too many meetings is unabated. Overall business strategy seems clearer and more promising since Mark Thompson came in as CEO but changes in the marketplace may overwhelm any possible strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to nuts-and-bolts management. Make decisions quickly and clearly. Fix the tech problem.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company ready for a turnaround

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsStoried history and strong values, continued journalistic excellence, especially in the newsroom. Brilliant people. On the business side, things seem to be turning around under Thompson, the new CEO.

    ConsA tough time for the news industry and ad business has meant lower compensation and a brain drain to other companies, especially tech people. It still takes too long to accomplish major projects requiring technological change. Too much studying, not enough doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the new focus. Talk about the plan and vision until everyone knows it by heart. Weed out incompetence. Break the meetings logjams. Increase compensation and perks that encourage longevity and retention. Improve diversity. Foster team building and tear down silos. Listen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    Advertising Production (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPay, Benefits, Employee Perks, Reputation, Flexible hours, Many opportunities for advancement

    ConsUnion stinks, didn't protect our jobs. Got Outsourced, Print industry declining

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't move to a building you can't afford. Should have stayed at 229 W. 43rd St. and renovated for cheaper! Maybe it would have saved many jobs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosjournalists are the best. as a journalism student I learnt most from them, their diligence, they are quite perceptive.

    Constheir jobs are dangerous as they have to verify sources which often involve direct interests of powerful parties.

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Political, Slow to Respond to Changes, Great Brand

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- smart people, great brand, competitive salary

    Cons- slow to make changes, extremely political environment, too many meetings so it's difficult to get work done, organization structure based on management whim/catering to certain people instead of what makes sense, lack of perks, only 8 vacation days (don't get christmas eve or the day after thanksgiving off?) and no summer fridays or summer perks

    Advice to Senior Management- pay more attention to employee satisfaction, perks/benefits are not strong enough (not even free coffee in the building!!) - needs to change to retain talent for a long time (particularly newer employees), more transparency in terms of salary/promotions, reserve budget for teambuilding and social activities -- this is completely ignored and sorely needed to build cross functional effectiveness

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Talented, nice people trapped in stagnation and strict hierarchy

    Web Developer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPeople are nice and smart, building is beautiful, and, hey, it's the New York Times! Most employees are capable of great work. The paper really is making great strides into the digital age.

    ConsIt's a very strange mix. Most managers want to improve products and change the procedures that prevent problems from being fixed and useful work from being done efficiently - but somehow they can't. Managers spend their time talking with other managers and are only vaguely aware of what their employees are doing. The Agile process is used not to empower developers, but to control their actions minutely. Vastly inefficient procedures take up people's time, and programmers are highly respected as a group but end up individually as powerless serfs. Frustration is common, and secrecy and control rule.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend a few minutes asking your employees what's working for them and what isn't, and spend less time discussing abstractions with other management. You know very little about the work that's being done and why it's being done so slowly. Trust the smart people you've hired and set them free!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place for software developers who seek innovation and are self motivated.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood environment for low and mid level software developers. A lot of opportunities to learn and innovate. Flexible work environment. Friendly and smart people.

    ConsApart for management positions, no clear advancement paths in technology group. Some cultural problems with development processes and products vision.

    Advice to Senior ManagementApply and do what you're talking about.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good company but shrinking

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat product, polite people, women have done well and are treated with respect, cool work to do

    Consvery political, direct feedback sometimes not shared, shrinking revenue and unsure growth potential.. Very old school management style under some execs (vacation tracked by assistants, no working from home etc.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing but understand the implicatons of the fact that the business is shrinking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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