The Boston Globe Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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John W. Henry
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Pros
  • Always felt challenged, and there's a great work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Pay, Work life balance, Great people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Promotion was not fair and low morale (in 2 reviews)

  • People leave for other jobs and just aren't replaced (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Rewarding and creative.

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    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.

  2. A great media company in transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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

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    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.

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  5. 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
    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.

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

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    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.

  7. Great folks, major transition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Boston Globe

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Proud of the product

    Cons

    Salary out of line for some people
    Management does not listen

    Advice to Management

    Pay better attention to what the employees are saying

  8. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Boston Globe

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is manageable. The senior managers care about the development of the employees and will like to see them grow professionally.

    Cons

    It will be difficult to continue one's career in an industry that has seen it's fare-share of troubles. Many employees were let-go because of decreasing revenues in the daily printed paper.

  9. Love it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, good company. Tater tots in the cafeteria.

    Cons

    None really. the walk from the parking lot is kind of far?

  10. The good with the bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Advertising in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Boston Globe part-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, a lot of good people. Cafeteria, parking. Exciting environment when news breaks. Central location easy to get to, easy access to downtown by public transportation.

    Cons

    Knee-jerk management style, no chance for advancement. Unions protected a lot of people who just show up to collect a paycheck. move people to new positions instead of letting them stagnate for years.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better, demand the same of everyone. Don't play favorites. Train and encourage to do better.

  11. Great gig

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Correspondent in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Correspondent in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Think first.

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