New York Times Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
144 Reviews
3.3
144 Reviews
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Mark Thompson
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Front-End Developer

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    Former Employee - Front-End Developer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Front-End Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Exciting work on ground-breaking projects; great people/team members; opportunity to lead front-end development efforts on the marketing/brand side; nice position to leverage technical expertise on high-profile projects.

    Cons

    Not a lot of understanding of technical processes on marketing/brand side, created situations where constant education of the team was fundamental to moving development project along; pay is on the lower side; production and dev ops needed much improvement; communication with core development team was non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully in the 2 years since I was employed with NYT, the marketing team has grown in digital and technology implementation and process knowledge, and better production & development workflows are in place.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Freelance writer

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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 as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Reputation of the paper is the best.

    Cons

    Freelance work is hard to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I have been working at New York Times part-time

    Pros

    Work with professionals. Have a home office. Number of years experience a must. Have a full knowledge of the English language.

    Cons

    Be prepared to spend money on home office supplies. Know how to meet deadlines.

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    Famous news agency, but no clear future

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    Current Employee - News Photographer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - News Photographer in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice pay, good location, famous

    Cons

    had to travel a lot

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York Times

    Pros

    Visibility into the most sophisticated cross channel news publisher there is.

    Cons

    Internal politics, rapid shifts in executive leadership

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great product, frustrating management

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    Former Employee - News Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - News Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Intellectually stimulating
    -Work with some of the smartest people in the business
    -Nice office
    -Respect that comes with the name

    Cons

    -Many, many bureaucratic layers
    -Cliquey approach to promotions - i.e. if you are not in the "in" crowd, talk to the "right" people, you will see little movement
    -Long hours and little benefits
    -Difficult to talk to management on a one on one level

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid Brand

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The New York Times has a tremendous brand and some extremely intelligent people working for them. A large portion of the employees aren't just coworkers, but are actual friends outside of work.

    Cons

    A number of the employees in management roles have their own agenda and significantly limit the productivity of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Exciting work, depressing prospects

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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

    The one constant at the NYT is a commitment to top quality journalism. Smart, committed people who are devoted to putting out an incisive and important publication. Resources, though getting scarcer, are still adequate. Co-workers are ambitious (and often self-absorbed) but not cut-throat. So while it's not a touchy-feely, esprit de corps kind of place it is collegial and there is some shared sense of mission. Best of all: you feel like what you do actually makes a difference.

    Cons

    Demanding hours and diminishing compensation make it a tough to have a work/life balance. The NYT always expected newsroom employees to make sacrifices in terms of their personal lives because of the non-stop requirements of the news business. It was hard enough back in the days when the paper paid better than competitors.

    But as the newspaper business has gone through upheaval, and seen its financial fortunes sink, the demands have grown and the NYT has become less generous. Salaries are lower than a significant number of online news organizations. Pension benefits have been slashed. A large portion of health care costs have been shifted to employees. As a result, compensation is worse now than it was 20 years ago and - barring some breakthrough - will continue its steady decline in the years to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out that business model. Even though you've managed the industry's demise better than other newspapers (putting up a pay-wall was a financial success, albeit three years too late) much more needs to be done online to make up for the inexorable loss of print advertising revenue.

    The staff sincerely appreciates the way you've committed yourselves to quality journalism during the tough times. And we're grateful that you're attempting to figure out a sustainable long-term strategy, rather than simply budget cut your way to quarterly profits. But all the idealism and pep talks in the world don't pay the bills, so it's urgent that you bring in better top-level digital talent.

    In the meantime: better pay for staff and leaner bonuses for executives (that means you, Mark Thompson!!) would go a long way towards shoring up morale during these turbulent times.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not good for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stability, no long work hours

    Cons

    Boredom, no growth opportunities, no new learnings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is not good at giving employees opportunities to grow and learn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Safe but Stultifying Workplace

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

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

    Pros

    The level of talent of those around you is top-notch, whatever your department -- editorial, business, anything. And it's no small thing to work with people who are often risking their lives to report the news. While the benefits aren't great, full-time employees can work toward a pension, and there is a guild to protect labor interests. And though it varies depending on the job, most people have a favorable work-life balance.

    Cons

    The company makes no effort to invest in its employees' skills or careers, and provides no direction in terms of career advancement. In over four years working there, I have never received a performance review, or even had a conversation with my supervisor about my work and where I'd like to go at the company (except when I initiated the talk). It's almost as if management expects Times employees, being (mostly) reporters, to use their skills to figure all this out themselves. But that's no way to run a company, and as a result morale is horrible, while there is a sense -- fair or not -- that individual managers promote their friends and favorites over more deserving candidates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to start? Develop a committed, top-grade career-development staff. Create protocols for performance reviews and incentives. Make it easier for workers to move among departments -- these are smart people who can get easily bored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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