The Boston Globe Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
44 Reviews
3.6
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    Interesting, challenging place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Advertising in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people who work there are friendly, smart and talented. The work is interesting and the company has finally embraced the challenges and technology of today's world.

    Cons

    Newspapers are tough environments in 2014. The pay structure has not kept up with today's standard of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more advancement and opportunities within departments. Adjust pay to compensate for cost of living.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great gig

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Correspondent in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Correspondent in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Boston Globe as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Independent, creative, and meaningful work.

    Cons

    The Globe was slow to the game in the age of digital transition and missed golden opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think first.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Love these folks

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Boston Globe

    Pros

    Some fantastic people, new ownership that is trying new things, amazing reporting, fab art directors, and an overall reputable place to be

    Cons

    Some old-world type of thinking. And, like, any newspaper, facing financial struggles and dealing with what the industry will do in the future.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company that is investing in the future in a challenging industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Dorchester, MA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Dorchester, MA

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    New ownership has showed a commitment to innovation and investment in new products to grow in a dying industry. Good benefits and great coworkers.

    Cons

    All non-management positions are union which leads to some workers occupying jobs that would go to more qualified, harder working people in a normal organization. Very poor HR department that offers no onboarding or employee development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication to the staff, we learn the strategy and goals from the media. More focus on employee development. You have many talented people whose skills should be developed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The newspaper manufacturing industry does not have much time left I would imagine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mailroom Trainee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Mailroom Trainee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Boston Globe part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The expectations of excellent, or even satisfactory, performance are very low; if something like that can be considered a "pro."

    Cons

    The chances for advancement, professionally or monetarily, are virtually nonexistent. Disorganization is rampant and attempts at process improvement may be appreciated, but are rarely tested and implemented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investments should be made to develop employees at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall, a great internship experience. Learned a great deal across departments.

    Former Employee - Business Development and Marketing Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Development and Marketing Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Boston Globe as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment and enjoyed the people I worked with

    Cons

    Little guidance as an intern

  8.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, Work life balance, Great people

    Cons

    slow decision making and speed of processes

  9.  

    Comfortable, but not exciting, sales environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay/benefits, nice people, free parking, on-site cafeteria. Leading New England media brand. Not a stressful work environment, an easy place to get comfortable. New management under John Henry seems optimistic.

    Cons

    Disorganized structure, hard getting anything new accomplished. For every talented salesperson, there are two skating by and still making the same level of compensation. No substantial incentives to go above and beyond. Poor management creates divisions amongst your peers. Political environment where people are more concerned with putting on appearances than doing their job well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more positive affirmation to those who are working hard and don't enable those who are not. Simplify the structure of the company and don't create so much red-tape in order to get new initiatives through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fine place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Boston Globe

    Pros

    Good people, flexible schedules and nice benefits.

    Cons

    Commuting from the South Shore can be tough. Take the train whenever possible.

  11.  

    Account Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Boston Globe full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the products are great but that can also be a negative leaving little for client customization

    Cons

    Newspaper people can be myopic. the union keeps dead weight in play

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bust the union

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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