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The Boston Globe Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
50 Reviews
3.7
50 Reviews
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John W. Henry
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Rewarding and creative.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Creative work with different clients daily.

    Cons

    The work can be overwhelming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great folks, major transition

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

    I worked at The Boston Globe

    Pros

    Great people
    Proud of the product

    Cons

    Salary out of line for some people
    Management does not listen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better attention to what the employees are saying

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Love it

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Boston Globe

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The good with the bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great gig

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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
  9.  

    Interesting, challenging place to work

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    • 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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