New York Times Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 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 (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
  3. 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 (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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    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 (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
  6. Not good for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York Times full-time (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    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 (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
  8. Second time I've worked there-management-heavy in NY, resource poor in satellite offices.

    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at New York Times full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Proud to be associated with such a beautiful product. Enjoyed traveling with the journalists. Not so much middle management who didn't really add that much value

    Cons

    Too much NY management coming into market all the imd and for the most part not adding value. Marketing teams produced programs that advertisers didn't want-didnt listen to the customer.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    account executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    none.....environment of employee vs management....can't win environment.....encourages employees to look to other companies for work

    Cons

    no cooperation from management..borderline slave labor conditions....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees as humans not whipping boys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great location & facilities but very bureaucratic culture

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    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)

    Pros

    Pays well. Great location & facilities.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic culture. Very political management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    A stellar brand that every year erodes its prominence due to mediocre management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Three reasons why the brand still holds its value,: the content, the content, and the content.

    Cons

    Very poor management. We have the potential to be a leader in the business of journalism but fall behind due to lack of leadership, vision, strategy that works, and the ability to utilize to full advantage, its core resource--its employees. Low morale when you witness how staffers look at the NYT as a stepping stone to bigger and better not the destination it once was. Quality talent leave continuously. Limited opportunities to advance. Little or no genuine interest among managers to know the career aspirations of their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you consistently go to the same people for ideas and cultivate the talent of only your chosen few, you will stagnate.

    Disapproves of CEO

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