New York Times Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
142 Reviews
3.2
142 Reviews
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Mark Thompson
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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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  1.  

    Great place to get started.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great brand to sell and it looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Mediocre benefits, poor work/life depending on manager. The Times used to be ahead of the curve when it came to new technology, but has truly fallen behind it's competitors. Where they used to be pro-active and willing to bring new ideas to the market, they remain stagnant and reactionary.

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

    New York Times Reporting

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

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Sharp, knowledgeable, friendly colleagues. Feeling of "family." Resources beyond most publications' dreams. Ability to specialize within area of interest or expertise. Rotating assignments to avoid stagnation. Pride in the product every day.

    Cons

    Long hours, late nights. I don't remember having much time for a social life. Work/life balance is a challenge at this paper (and in the industry).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More personal feedback is in order. Actual job evaluations and feedback from managers was rare (no one had time).

  3.  

    Exhausting, rewarding work. Great colleagues. No other paper like it.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Editor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Sharp, knowledgeable, friendly colleagues. Feeling of "family." Resources beyond most publications' dreams. Ability to specialize within area of interest or expertise. Rotating assignments to avoid stagnation. Pride in the product every day.

    Cons

    Long hours, late nights. I don't remember having much time for a social life. Work/life balance is a challenge at this paper (and in the industry).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More personal feedback is in order. Actual job evaluations and feedback from managers was rare (no one had time).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Somewhat pleasant

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good benefits such as 401K and medical

    Cons

    its a matter of who you know to get ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more forthcoming with sharing info

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company ready for a turnaround

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Storied 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.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Production  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advertising Production in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don'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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply and do what you're talking about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Talented, nice people trapped in stagnation and strict hierarchy

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Political, Slow to Respond to Changes, Great Brand

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place, great people, bad industry

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Architect  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Architect in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people are great and so is the paper and website.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the company is slowly circling the drain. Good people leave all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not their fault.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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