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New York Times Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
136 Reviews

3.2
136 Reviews
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Mark Thompson
23 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company ready for a turnaround

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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    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
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  5. 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

    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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Talented, nice people trapped in stagnation and strict hierarchy

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

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place, great people, bad industry

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

    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
  8.  

    Always Ahead of the Times

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

    Pros

    Management is full of intelligent, realistic, dynamic individuals continually seeking out new opportunities for a print company to stay relevant and competitive in an evolving digital marketplace. Account lists are very manageable, and there are support teams for everything from sales planning to research to marketing. Employee satisfaction is important, and a good work/life balance is provided. Most people at NYT are there for life.

    Cons

    There are many layers of approvals required to move forward with new, out of the box ideas. Goals are very high and given halfway through the quarter, making it difficult to make a lot in commission.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    A Mess

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

    Pros

    The Brand. Smart people do actually come to work there to pay their dues and move on. They have the best journalists and written articles without a doubt.

    Cons

    Whew! Where do I begin....

    - Everything is political. It's all about if you are in the "IN" group.

    - People who failed spectacularly get promoted. It's the one place where you can fail up pretty consistently.

    - They still run on old dated technologies like SVN , Prototype etc... and do boring things and use boring tech...with the noteable exception of the newsroom who can build code that works for a day and then you have to fix whatever they broke in the process after that day.

    - They use a ton of good people to build terrible products.

    - Be careful if you build and design a pay model that is highly successful... The paper pushers in upper management will get nervous about their jobs and pigeon hole you so you can't take their job away from them because they don't actually do anything.

    - Make sure you aren't too successful. That's grounds for getting fired at NYT or at the very least for a glass ceiling being put over your head.

    - They have about 25 layers of middle management too many and the CIO and CTO aren't even credible or knowledgeable in the world of tech.

    - I don't have a positive view of management.

    - The pay is minuscule compared to what the market is yielding. The NYT calls it "Leveraging the Brand". I call it insulting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loose some management.

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

    Smart People Working for Excellence

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

    Pros

    The building is filled with smart, talented people who are committed to producing an excellent product. The building is beautiful. Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Competition is intense. Newspaper industry is struggling. Work environment is highly political. All employees really need to watch their backs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote teamwork! With the media industry facing so much turmoil these days, the only way to succeed is to get everyone pulling in the same direction. Survival depends on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great location, terrible environment for IT worker

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

    Pros

    Commute to Times Square is easy.

    Some genuinely smart people work here.

    It's a brand people actually recognize.

    Company work hours are pretty flexible.

    Cons

    Oh boy:

    Complete lack of direction from upper and middle management. Teams even under the same director actively do not speak to one another, causing a litany of fiefdoms, duplication of effort, and other forms of waste and intrigue.

    Nepotism is extremely strong here. Managers seem to heavily favor people with whom they have worked before. You can see waves of people flocking in from <insert company here> at a given time because they have hired someone in management from <insert company here>. No actual vetting of these people can occur and it's outright heresy to question.

    The company has a schizophrenic culture based on young people fresh into the field wanting to only do new things to older people stuck in the past wanting to only do things their way. There is often little to no middle ground or attempts to create standards, with phrases such as "it stifles innovation" strewn about.

    Retention rates are abysmal. In less than two years I have become a long-timer. That not only leads to a constant brain drain, but it has created so many promotions of the "last man standing" as to exacerbate the poor quality of the middle management. Promotions are also so irregularly given with some groups heavily favored by management over others without merit or reason that it hastens the departure of the actually talented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Uh, speak to each other once in a while and try to actually create some standards within the organization, or you'll continue to sink a ship already in a dying industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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