New York Times Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
148 Reviews
3.3
148 Reviews
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Pros
  • And though it varies depending on the job, most people have a favorable work-life balance (in 11 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. 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 (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place, great people, bad industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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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    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

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

    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
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    A Mess

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

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

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart People Working for Excellence

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY

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

    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
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great location, terrible environment for IT worker

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    • 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

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (more than an year)

    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    decent but highly variable experience depending on your team/manager

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

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

    Pros

    You're furthering a mission that's actually worth something positive for the world. The technology can be very forward leaning, depending on the group you're working with. Nice office space and generally smart co-workers.

    Cons

    The kind of work you'll get to do can be highly variable in terms of how interesting it is based on what team you're working with. Of the major IT groups, NYTD probably gets the most interesting work on a day to day basis. Be forewarned that some of the middle management are absolutely terrible and can be very demoralizing to work for if you're unlucky enough to land on their team, and the higher management is not clueful enough to notice (or, worse, doesn't care) that some teams have double-digit annual turnover while others in the same group have zero.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay close attention to attrition of technical staff under different managers. If you've any hope of one day transcending ink-on-paper, NYTD will likely form the core of whatever method that is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Siebel Admin

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

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

    Pros

    We great company to work for , Management is very great in giving directions for team. Diversified team , onshore/offshore model .

    Cons

    Since its onshore/offshore model , you need to work late hours also

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    THE BEST COMPANY I ever worked in !!!

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

    I worked at New York Times as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked at the New York Times Company as a summer trainee in '11 and I must confess this was by far the best company I ever worked in. I was summer trainee in Internal Audit, everything was really great. HR was almost perfect really present, training was done the best way I've seen and can figure out... It was in New York Offices and we had Freedom to work as much and move or learn. We met most of the teams... Anything you can imagine, was great in a word.

    Cons

    No idea. Honestly. Probably the financial situation of the newspaper? This was shortly before Jane's dissmissal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to get money ; useless advice as they probably starve to reach this aim right now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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