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New York Times Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
156 Reviews
3.4
156 Reviews
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Pros
  • And though it varies depending on the job, most people have a favorable work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Smart people do actually come to work there to pay their dues and move on (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, weekends and night are required (in 5 reviews)

  • Newspaper industry is struggling (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't bother

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    the name. great name to align yourself with.

    Cons

    no job security and pay is not great. morale is low. people cry in the bathrooms. its a very sad place to be in the year 2014. what used to be a diverse corporation has now turned into a cookie cutter environment. Where's the diversity now? You won't find it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Run away as fast as you can.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times

    Pros

    Brand name and some interaction with editorial. It looks good on your resume, and you can talk up the work that you've done to make it seem more important.

    Cons

    Horrible place to work, never come here on the business side. The management is horrible, they promote based on personal feelings and not merit, there's complete favoritism, and management acts like a high school clique. They treat employees very badly, are not supportive of further development unless they personally decide that they like you (but that changes at the drop off a hat). They are racist, also. Nepotism abounds here. Management gets kicks out of restricting little freedoms, like getting breakfast in the morning, or enjoying a lunch with coworkers. They don't like fraternization and friends if they are not a part of it, and thus punish you for it. There isn't enough space to describe how horrid this place is. There is no room for advancement unless you're a personal friend, and "pedigree" has been made to matter, which is disgusting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the current management, and replace them with brand new people. The ones who are in place now are ridiculously incompetent at managing and are only in it because they've been here for an extended period of time. The management style consists of power trips.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly changing strategy and unclear goals will not save the Times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times

    Pros

    * Insight into how news is generated at one of the world's most popular papers
    * Rub shoulders with news-makers and other minor celebrities
    * Free books and access to New York City events and institutions
    * Free access to Premium Crossword Puzzles
    * Bragging rights (this used to be true, but now people feel sorry for you)

    Cons

    * Majority of employees are disgruntled and unhappy, making for a poor working environment
    * Politics outweighs disciplined thought when making decisions
    * Lack of clear management strategy or goals adds to the difficulty in decision making
    * Performance is not measured consistently or tied to pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require upper management and those that report to them to create clear, measurable goals and reward them based on meeting those goals. Create a review system which requires that managers be reviewed by their employees, and take that into account before deciding compensation and promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    account executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    none.....environment of employee vs management....can't win environment.....encourages employees to look to other companies for work

    Cons

    no cooperation from management..borderline slave labor conditions....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees as humans not whipping boys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacks organization

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    Current Employee - Advertising Production Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advertising Production Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has an outstanding editorial department. The programs and affiliations are priceless. The perks are limited but the company has an excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    You report to several individuals, meaning you are not really sure who your boss is but you have a few of them. There are several tiers of management (managers, directors, executive, vice president, etc.). I've never seen an accurate organizational chart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company should reduce the tiers of management or figure out a better way to organize each department. The company is fragmented and it shows in the level of customer service. The employees are staggered and lack basic knowledge of the products they produce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Environment for Product Managers

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    Former Employee - Product in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    Some of the worlds best journalism and a well respected brand. The newsroom truly upholds it values to producing all the news that's fit to print.

    New building with a large cafeteria and a wide variety of food.

    Cons

    The Times is struggling financially and lacks the budgets and people that you would expect from a big brand. If you're coming from a large company you will be seriously disappointed.

    The product management group lacks strong leadership, respect by other groups and adequate resources. The senior product leadership are mostly ex-attorneys that couldn't hack the legal profession and have little experience in product development and management. This leads to endless meetings and data analysis to make mundane decisions. The product management culture is extremely risk averse, bureaucratic, slow and political which stalls projects and creates a passive aggressive rift between senior management and product managers. Sadly, it's all about appearances, managing up and how many people you have working for you.

    In my last year over 50% of the the product group left the company. Most product managers I worked with grew tired of the nepotism, lack of career development opportunities, disengaged senior management and the constant and often heated battles with the technology group.

    Beware! The technology group runs the show at the Times and often enforces their will on the product managers without any concern for the business consequences. It's not uncommon for technology to undermine product to take control of a project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The majority of employees love the Times and were hoping that the new CEO would wipe out the lazy senior management. Look at how much the ED management level and above contribute to the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great Brand, Horrible Business

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    Current Employee - Advertising in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advertising in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The brand is really good and if you think about leaving it will look very well on your resume. the journalists are amazing and such an inspiration to hear. overall everyone is nice and friendly.

    Cons

    You can't advance here and the pay is horrible, remember this is publishing. Learn what you need, gain the connections you need, then leave. You can't have a true career. You can have a job, however. The VP of ADV Mereidth has brought in so many ken and barbie dolls from competitors that i can't even take this place seriously. She lays off everyone and brings in her old team from Forbes. So many politics at this place, extreme lack of communication. No one (even leadership) knows whats going on, ever. Poor poor leadership. Everyone seems to be interviewing elsewhere. Come if you need a resume booster because we can't deny, the name is strong and will open many doors. Just know youll have to put in your time and create your exit strategy Day 1. Dont be surprised if you come in and are fired few months down the line. It happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication. Advancement. Salaries = Happy

    Also train the directors/managers on how to be managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 12 people found this helpful  

    Depressing, lifeless work environment

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    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's the New York Times, the paper of record, one of the great icons of New York and United States culture and history and still producing amazing journalism.

    A pretty homogeneously politically liberal workplace, which is is not as easy to find in NYC as one might expect. Extremely PC. You will never hear an inappropriate joke, or any comment disrespectful to religion, race, gender, etc.

    Extremely diverse, ethnically.

    Pretty good bonus and 401k matching compared with other tech/media companies.

    Three weeks vacation + three personal days.

    Cons

    Digital side is a highly individualistic atmosphere. Engineers are expected to make a name for themselves in hackathons, and I didn't observe sincere camaraderie between others or directed at me from any but a very few people during my time there.

    There is a culture of overdesign and a love of the status quo, which means you will spend most of your time trying to maintain ridiculously complex systems.

    Product decisions seem to be based on intuition rather than a careful analysis of data, which is perplexing due to the immensity of pageview and other usage data from the various platforms that is just lying around unused. The result is 200 engineers working on few know exactly what and having who knows what impact on the success of the business. In general, data analysis and data collection are not understood and not highly prioritized there.

    The workspace itself is gray, dark, lifeless and depressing. Insist on a tour of the floor if you get an onsite interview.

    There is no process (letter of warning, bad review, etc.) for termination. One day you will simply be informed your employment is over. I observed many totally unexpected terminations of hardworking and talented individuals and no explanation of any substance was ever provided. I've spoken with other former employees and the "ambush firing" is apparently standard practice there. So if you join the Times don't ever assume anything about the security of your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force engineering and product managers to make a data-driven case for any major new functionality or products.

    Get rid of the innovation challenge or require teams to be much larger. As it is, it breeds internal competitiveness and overly individualized ambition (and rarely leads to a real product anyway). 100% day has similar problems. Require large teams for entry into any of the hackathon-ish activities there. (Also, stop trying so hard to be google without even knowing why you're doing so).

    Encourage simpler architectures and maintainability in software design. DISCOURAGE OVERDESIGN and really, really audit for it. (Ask yourselves why NYT5 took so long.)

    Discourage reinventing the wheel when there is a much better wheel than one you could ever hope to develop internally already available in open source form (or in a form costing far less than the equivalent developer time). And audit for it.

    Hire a CTO who understands the tech industry has become the data industry, and that how the nytimes uses data and plans its data strategies is astronomically more important than which javascript framework is chosen.

    Have a peek at the number of barely-used aws instances generating multi-thousand-dollar bills every month. AWS (as used by nyt) is not only a ridiculously cash-wasteful hosting model, but incurs a huge developer overhead when the unwieldiness of nimbul, the role system, and the convoluted hostnaming schemes are factored in. It's a horrible system and, at the very least, someone needs to conduct a thorough analysis of its costs and impacts on productivity.

    Put some ephing supplies (and kleenex!) in the supply cabinets! Every previous and subsequent company I've worked for has provided snacks, drinks, and a bounty of other supplies and amenities. The times offices are totally barren.

    Fix the elevator algorithm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was very good.

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relax Atmosphere, nice people, great office.

    Cons

    Less opportunities for growth, less challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for your resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Talented, nice people trapped in stagnation and strict hierarchy

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People 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.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    Spend 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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