New York Times Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great location & facilities but very bureaucratic culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Freelance Graphic Web Designer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Freelance Graphic Web Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pays well. Great location & facilities.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic culture. Very political management.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Lacks organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company reputation Networking opportunities Training/education opportunities Flexible work schedule (depending on the department)

    Cons

    Power struggles between departments Finger pointing when something goes wrong Conflict in management styles within departments Only give feedback during annual reviews No clear roadmap for projects or prioritization everything is top priority

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear road map for future projects and show how they tie into important current projects. Give real prioritization guidance and timelines. Open real channels of communication, not just annual reviews. Give people a chance to improve performance. Don't treat high performers like the average or below average employees! Acknowledge great work when it's done.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Started promising, but opportunities are limited.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Try 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 Management

    Take 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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Photo Editor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Photo Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Communicate 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.


  7. Quality & Integrity

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    NYT 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!

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  8. Helpful (4)

    Over 20 Years in business departments.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. 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

    Cons

    1. 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 Management

    1. 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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Comfortable place, not a lot of room for growth.

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

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Salary is low and no bonuses.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Baby 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.


  11. Once a Timesman, Always a Timesman

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

    I worked at New York Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One-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.

    Cons

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



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