The Boston Globe Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Not a stressful work environment, an easy place to get comfortable (in 5 reviews)

  • Great work life balance, no pressure to come in early, stay late (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Technology, politics, and poor management practices have created a non-customer centric workplace (in 2 reviews)

  • the union keeps dead weight in play (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Boston Globe (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment and work is very diversified.

    Cons

    At first it was a bit hard to fit in, but after a few weeks that changes.


  2. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Boston Globe full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, hard working groups

    Cons

    Newspaper industry is in recession.

    Advice to Management

    Go Digital


  3. Great, but not ideal

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Reporter in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a prestigious place to work. You set the agenda, and everybody knows it. Editors are talented and drive you hard without your realizing it.

    Cons

    Temp employees can get jerked around a lot. You're wasting time until you learn how to prevail in newsroom politics. As with any publication, we're worried about how long we have before the music stops.


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  5. Getting better

    Current Employee - Copy Editor/Page Designer in Dorchester, MA
    Current Employee - Copy Editor/Page Designer in Dorchester, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Things have turned around since John Henry purchased the company and decided to invest in the paper and the people.

    Cons

    The newspaper business is still struggling.


  6. Great Pay, Great People

    Former Employee - Photographer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Photographer in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Boston Globe

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is really good, and the people you work with are great

    Cons

    For freelancers there isn't really enough work anymore


  7. A great media company in transition

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Boston Globe full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    An owner who is, for now, dedicated to investing in the brand and giving resources necessary for success.
    Willingness to try new ideas.
    Adopting Agile and putting much more efficient processes in place, and bringing in better technical resources

    Cons

    New senior management is top-down and not as open to bottom-up ideas.
    Media business is challenging.
    Some dinosaurs still in place.


  8. Meh. It's not bad... but not great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - For the most part, the people are great to work with
    - Plenty of digital projects to work on

    Cons

    - No clear direction or strategy for the sites
    - Hard work doesn't necessarily pay off; nepotism is rampant
    - Serious lack of communication across products and business units
    - Employees that have been with the company for more than a few years aren't valued
    - The idea that hiring more middle management will improve things
    - HR is non-existent

    Advice to Management

    Consider promoting internally and start clearly communicating with employees. This should start from the top.
    Treat your employees fairly and reduce nepotism.


  9. For the most part good, really good but with John Henry's crew running it they will run it right into the ground.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Boston Globe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    $$$ was good. Free parking..

    Cons

    mean and rotten people running the place.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the little people about some of the middle management. They only care about themselves and noone else.


  10. An exciting place to work, though bureaucratic and prone to 'knee-jerk' decisions.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When news breaks you feel as though you are in the thick of it.

    The cafeteria is one of the best I've ever frequented.

    The medical benefits are incredible.

    Free books!

    Frequent gatherings of some celebs - local and national.

    Easy to get to with plenty of parking and near the T/Commuter Rail.

    Working here will look great on your resume when you leave.

    Cons

    Frequent battles between big personalities and titles (this isn't unique to the Globe, many news organizations experience this same issue).

    Promotions tended to go to the wrong people which typically lend to the right people leaving for other opportunities. I personally witnessed this occur on a few occasions.

    Promotions tended to go individuals with the most seniority, not the most experience, skill or ability. This has changed somewhat since John Henry took over and replaced most of the senior management.

    Creative projects are almost entirely outsourced to third parties - both domestic and international.

    Pay is below industry standard for technology workers. This isn't exceptional, though, as many 'big name' companies can (and will) pay less than standard because they appreciate the 'value' that they represent on your resume.

    Key individuals wear too many 'hats' and end up failing, burning out, or collapsing from the strain.

    The organization attempts to be 'agile' and use agile methodologies but in reality the workload tends to come in waterfalls.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to talk to the lower level employees - not just the directors of divisions or general managers. You'd be surprised how much smoke is being blown here and there.

    Remember, while the Boston Globe maybe be made up of separate business divisions - Boston.com, BostonGlobe.com, Beta Boston, RadioBDC, Classifieds, etc, ALL of these employees should feel valued and respected.

    Lastly, innovate and don't be afraid to fail. In fact, fail often, and iterate from there. How else will you learn the formula that is necessary to take 'local print' media into the 21st century and ensure that the Globe is there for generations to come.


  11. Rewarding and creative.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Film & Photography in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager Film & Photography in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Creative work with different clients daily.

    Cons

    The work can be overwhelming.



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