New York Times
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Updated Jun 27, 2014
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Mark Thompson

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Started promising, but opportunities are limited.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIt's the Times. Your calls will always get answered. The world takes the brand very seriously.

    ConsTry to branch out and you get iced out. Management sees you as what you were hired as, and good luck trying to move up. There is little hope for internal promotion, and no formal path forward. Ask for more money and you will be treated like a criminal. They like to give you higher-level work and not pay you for it or formally promote you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at the talent in your building. Your loyal employees are miserable. They want to learn new skills and advance but there's a cultural barrier that prevents it. Stop worrying about hiring 23-year-old white men right out of Harvard. You are hemorrhaging talent and it's at your own peril. Also, you need to be digital first, and the culture needs to reflect that. There's a caste system here that's stuck firmly in the past. There is a war for eyeballs and we are losing it. Digitize or die. That's more than a business plan - that's a mindset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Comfortable place, not a lot of room for growth.

    Paralegal (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThey will pay for further schooling pertaining to your current position.

    ConsSalary is low and no bonuses.

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

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    Fast-paced hard work, good training, incredibly talented employees, extremely detailed work process.

    Photo Editor (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe exceptional work that is produced by everyone offers a serious journalist many opportunities to excel. Generally, staff are helpful and always offer to answer questions. With overtime, a freelancer can usually make enough to live.

    ConsThe expectation is often to cover desks with little training. There is no discussion of one's future work probabilities, leaving one unemployed for weeks without warning. Freelancers are not communicated with very often or very thoroughly, making the job nerve-wracking. Typically, one must freelance 2 to 3 years before getting hired as a permanent full-time employee. In the meantime, there are no benefits, constant concern about how much work one may be offered for the next month and they rarely schedule beyond 2 weeks to a month in advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate better with freelancers, as the morale of your salaried employees depend on them being available to fill-in for vacations and emergencies. Give them feedback as to job performance and as to what they can expect for employment. Give them a reason to want to stay that goes beyond the excellent product that is created there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Quality & Integrity

    Sales Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsNYT hires the best of the best so you will always be working around very smart, dedicated and talented individuals.
    Even though the cafeteria is expensive, it has many great food/drink options and a fantastic view of NYC. There is also a separate full coffee bar!

    ConsAdvancement opportunities are limited. Upper management are not fully invested in the success of their individual employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a corporate structure where individuals work together towards a common goal. When there is success reward employees with recognition and new opportunities.

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

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    Over 20 Years in business departments.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros1. Feel you are contributing to an important public mission.
    2. Excellent about work life issues.
    3. Highly competent and dedicated staff
    4. Challenging work problems that can teach you a lot

    Cons1. Bumbling Management only getting worse. They have no business savvy at all
    2. Short term focus keeps company from getting things done
    3. Personnel decisions based on politics - no living personnel management system. Leading to "yes men"
    4. Many see company as being above other organizations.
    5. Lack of appreciation for business employees

    Advice to Senior Management1. Need to dedicate itself to robust personnel management policy - hire, retain, and promote the best.
    2. Need to once again hire highly skilled talent and then trust them
    3. Need to appreciate industry economics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    If (print) media is your passion, the Times is the place to be.

    Mailer (Current Employee)
    Flushing, NY

    ProsGood company to work for. Depending on the the department be prepared for a high pressure environment due to deadlines. There are opportunities for advancement.

    ConsThe newspaper industry is struggling, but the Times is one of the few papers that are profitable. Much will depend on Its (already behind the curve) transition into the digital age.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBaby boomers are the last bastion of print media, the base readership is rapidly dwindling. The Times should be leading the industry into the twenty-first century not bumbling its way through.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Once a Timesman, Always a Timesman

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    New York, NY

    ProsOne-of-a-kind place to work, with some very smart and dedicated people doing what they believe in: reporting news fairly and accurately to hold everyone accountable. The standards are high and there is a culture of journalistic honesty, where reporters and editors volunteer corrections, where facts are triple-checked. If you're a fan of the paper, it's very satisfying to work there.

    ConsThere wasn't a lot of upward or sideways mobility. And, the Times leads a shrinking industry with questionable future: journalism costs money.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A rewarding and fulfilling career at The New York Times.

    Executive Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe quality of the journalism and the mission to report the news without fear or favor.
    The ability and desire to invest in the business (digital products, video, international, conferences, branded products, etc.).
    A great brand.
    A solid balance sheet with cash in excess of debt.

    ConsChallenging industry, characterized by declining print advertising and print circulation revenues.
    Expect to be responsible for your own career development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to find ways to re-balance, invest in and grow the business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't bother

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosthe name. great name to align yourself with.

    Consno 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible Environment for Product Managers

    Product (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSome 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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