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Updated Jun 27, 2014
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Mark Thompson

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    New York Times Reporting

    Reporter (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSharp, 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.

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

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

    Staff Editor (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSharp, 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Somewhat pleasant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosgood benefits such as 401K and medical

    Consits a matter of who you know to get ahead

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more forthcoming with sharing info

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company ready for a turnaround

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsStoried 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.

    ConsA 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 Senior ManagementKeep 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.

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

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    Great Company

    Advertising Production (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon'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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementApply and do what you're talking about.

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

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    Political, Slow to Respond to Changes, Great Brand

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    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 Senior Management- 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Talented, nice people trapped in stagnation and strict hierarchy

    Web Developer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPeople 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.

    ConsIt'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 Senior ManagementSpend 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place, great people, bad industry

    Software Architect (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot their fault.

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

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    A Mess

    Web Developer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsWhew! 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 Senior ManagementLoose some management.

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

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