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Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.4 133 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

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Mark Thompson

(22 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    4 people found this helpful  

    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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    1 person found this helpful  

    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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    1 person found this helpful  

    good company but shrinking

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat product, polite people, women have done well and are treated with respect, cool work to do

    Consvery political, direct feedback sometimes not shared, shrinking revenue and unsure growth potential.. Very old school management style under some execs (vacation tracked by assistants, no working from home etc.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing but understand the implicatons of the fact that the business is shrinking.

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    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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    Great values

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork/life balance was great. Very flexible.

    ConsNot a lot of opportunity for advancement due to industry and cutting of jobs.

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

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    Always Ahead of the Times

    Advertising Sales Representative (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsManagement 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.

    ConsThere 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.

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

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    6 people found this helpful  

    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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    1 person found this helpful  

    Smart People Working for Excellence

    Editor (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe building is filled with smart, talented people who are committed to producing an excellent product. The building is beautiful. Pay and benefits are good.

    ConsCompetition is intense. Newspaper industry is struggling. Work environment is highly political. All employees really need to watch their backs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Legacy internal politics mean layers of management incompetence, awful culture, lousy product execution

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe place is starved for ideas and even more starved for ideas that can become products. If you have them, they'll take them. And probably ruin them.

    ConsIf you are a technical hire, you are working at-will. You can be fired at any time for any reason or no reason at all. My estimate is that ~20% of NYTimes technical hires are let go in semi-regular purges. Those purges are bound to be more frequent as the Times ads business tanks and the company's new product failures pile up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe NYTimes is not making progress toward being an innovative tech company. If you think there is progress, it's an illusion, just managers shuffling staff and spinning their wheels.

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

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Great location, terrible environment for IT worker

    Senior Unix Systems Engineer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCommute to Times Square is easy.

    Some genuinely smart people work here.

    It's a brand people actually recognize.

    Company work hours are pretty flexible.

    ConsOh 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 Senior ManagementUh, 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.

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

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