New York Times Reviews in New York, NY

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
138 Reviews

3.2
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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  

    It was very good.

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Relax Atmosphere, nice people, great office.

    Cons

    Less opportunities for growth, less challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for your resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable company with opportunity to learn a lot providing reasonably good benefits.

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

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Diverse set of employees and flexible work hours make this company attractive to any employee. The reputation of the newspaper and history is well known around the world. Barring normal exceptions, people are generally good to each other. There is ample opportunity to intermingle with colleagues. Play after hours and relax.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential. Too much hierarchical structure. Often managers are not competent. Sometimes projects are inundated by individuals ego and aspiration to prove your point rather than looking at the overall big picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of managers and empower staff more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented people, great business challenges to tackle, pay is not the reason you stay

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    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

    Great brand performing as well as it ever has, focused on the right business challenges, lot of experimentation and innovation.

    Cons

    As part of a profit-challenged sector, the pay is mid-level at best and annual increases are not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in more new leadership talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    A great, commited staff operating in a stifling management structure

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people who care about the company. An awesome, respected brand. Reasonable benefits. An awesome place to work on your skills.

    Cons

    Vapid promotion path for technical roles. Highly variable experience depending on team. Teams operate in silos and interdependence is managed poorly. Editorial vision interpenetrates everything, sometimes to a fault.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Times is still very much an organization in the middle of a huge transition. It's understandable that there's still a lot of tweaking to be done in structuring the tech departments, and great strides were made during my time there. That said, there's still a long way to go before the organization is truly "agile."

    Too much pressure is put on development managers who work directly on teams in technical roles alongside engineers. More could be done to alleviate the burden of meetings and planning on these roles to allow them to focus on product quality, especially testing and quality assurance. Mid-level management is far too focused on rubber stamps and outdated heuristics of product quality. Time to market is atrocious due to all the various management approvals that good continuous integration practices could obviate.

    The summation of these problems leads to a lack of oversight, resulting in "stay safe" management practices that greatly impede innovation. Managers who are risk-adverse (to a fault) seem to be placed in charge of the most ambitious projects and get the most resources. This contributes to a brain drain on fresh talent; a lot of the best leave the quickest when their opportunities to learn and innovate are exhausted by the red tape.

    A little more direction from the top wouldn't be a bad thing! It's ok to demand that effort be put into certain things that help everyone... at least make sure that teams are making progress towards sound documentation and decent test coverage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Extraordinary and Maddening

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    Former Employee - Various Titles Over Many Years  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Various Titles Over Many Years in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The best newspaper in the U.S. hands down.

    Cons

    Different rules for the business side and news side. That said the media space is a challenging place to work given the change in media buying and revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love Jill! Give that woman a raise!

    Middle management has more talent than you think, on the news and business sides. Make it okay to be in middle management. We all don't want to be AMEs or VPs. But take advantage of the expertise, don't shun them.

    Keep making the hard decisions in this changing media landscape, but keep the core. The business side has been stellar in keeping the paper afloat--the unsung heroes. They are doing it better than any other comparable media property.

    Delivery needs more attention, I can't stand getting the Post or Daily News delivered to my door step! It happens 2-3x a month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to get started.

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    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Smart people making mediocre products.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The New York times is a great workplace. They have an awesome product - the news. The mission is clear, and has a worldwide message.

    Cons

    As a software engineer, the Digital / website departments continue to get shafted to the whims of the Newsroom. Many promising ideas to innovate in the field of online news production are continually poo-poohed by the newsroom, crippling their attempts to move into a continuing leadership role in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the three or four project directors and tech leads out of the critical path of actually building great software. Their loyalist attitude over the course of my employment caused significant brain drain in the middle and upper developer positions. Create barriers between the newsroom and the development teams, allowing actual innovation to take place - the people have been in place, until they left because of seemingly endemic middle management hassles.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 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).

  10.  

    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
  11.  

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

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    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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