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Alabama Media Group Reviews

Updated August 1, 2017
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  1. "Journalist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alabama Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay for the industry. Good coworkers. Don't have to fight for minimal raises each year. They pay your phone bill and it's easy to get the technology you need to do your job.

    Cons

    Not a great place to work when you're a woman - huge pay disparities between men and women in the same roles. They change things all the time and don't tell you anything. Zero job security. Pageview obsessed; it's hard to get good work valued.

    Advice to Management

    Tell your employees when you change things! Tired of finding out I have a new boss from whispers and not being told I have this new boss until months later. Does not breed trust.


  2. "Clueless management"

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    Current Employee - Content
    Current Employee - Content
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alabama Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, decent pay, opportunities to learn new skills

    Cons

    Management says yes to corporate too easily, even when goals or expectations aren't feasible.

    Constant fear of layoffs.

    Changes in expectations or goals aren't clearly communicated, though reports are expected to somehow adhere to them.

    Managers are clamoring to be promoted and will throw reports and other managers under the bus in their pursuit.

  3. "So So but constant change"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great support in place for sales people

    Cons

    Hard to advance. Stressful work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Everything is always changing. The place is begging for more consistency.


  4. "Lots of Changes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Alabama Media Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work family, flexible hours

    Cons

    Low pay, management doesnt work together

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunity for hard workers


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Alabama Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Nice facilities, large org (for the market).

    Cons

    Hard to make money. Some nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary, flexible work/life balance

    Cons

    Management is unreasonable and doesn't help in any way at all. One of the worst companies I have ever worked for. The poisition would've been great if managed better....

    Advice to Management

    Work on your leadership skills. Work WITH your staff instead of looking down your nose at them.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time

    Pros

    The open concept of office and coworkers you worked with.

    Cons

    Un-necessary Meetings. Requiring outside sales to leave the field to come back into the office at the end of the day when more sales calls could be made.

  8. "Best Freelance Client!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of time to complete assignments, thorough and quick communication

    Cons

    Nothing really, except that more articles would be nice!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Whether You're a Customer or a Jobseeker--Tread Lightly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time

    Pros

    If you're a potential client of advertiser or are considering investing money in advertising with AMG:

    Know that the rep (account executive) that just called on you to set up a discovery meeting likely has the honest intentions of showcasing your company to a bucket of potential customers to make your business more profitable and assist you with achieving your goals.

    Know that the rep has likely done a base of amount of research to identify where you struggle to reach the right audience and has a basic framework of how to get you there. Usually reps from AMG will do their due diligence and legitimize their request to get time on your calendar.

    If you're considering a career at AMG:

    The company's knowledge of digital media was usually on-par or just below the education level of rivals with regard to advertising industry trends and best practices.

    Reps are typically exposed to decent sales training and occasionally decent coverage of local government, sports and lifestyle trends from the journalistic side of the company.

    Workplace Culture: The people that you work with (other reps and a few account support staffers) are genuinely good, qualified individuals. They'll likely go out of their way to achieve a positive goal alongside you.

    Cons

    If you're a potential client of advertiser who is considering investing your money in advertising with AMG:

    Bottom Line: There are too few benefits to choosing AMG as your advertising vendor, but even those few positives are outweighed by the fact that your campaign will have a high likelihood of being dead on arrival due to internal issues that company deals with.

    Know that your rep (account executive) that just called on you is currently, or will soon be, crushed beneath the weight of shoddy management that is ultimately top-heavy an inattentive to the needs of their reps. AMG drives reps to sell at all costs and consistently fails to compensate them for their efforts. This means that at some point in your relationship with that rep they will have to take their attention off of your business and your campaign and refocus on dealing with their management.

    Know that your rep will likely go through the motions with you to create a valuable advertising strategy and attempt to sign a contract so that they can make a very modest commission and meet your needs. That effort will be thwarted at some point by the overwhelming need to cater to horrific management requests.

    Your rep's leadership will hijack that rep's effort and add "fluff" to the proposal with little-to-no regard for what the rep or their potential client actually wants.

    From a journalistic stance, AMG has prioritized clicks and click-bait articles over their responsibility to serve as the fourth estate. This means that they've incentivized the few remaining writers that they have and the new, offensively under-qualified "journalists" to churn out drivel.

    If you're considering a career at AMG:

    Bottom Line: AMG consistently fails to provide an adequate avenue for professional advancement befitting of deserving employees under their purview.

    Leadership has a phrase that they like to use: "Own your suck." Essentially, this means hold yourself and your counterparts accountable and call things like they are. There is no attempt, nor has there ever been an observed attempt by management to hold themselves accountable to their reps for their mistakes. Leadership at AMG strictly takes credit for the good and sloughs off responsibility for the bad.

    Caps: Know that your incentive to sell has a limit and if you exceed that limit, well, the company will find a way to maximize its bottom-line and get its cut before they consider rewarding you. They have caps on their commissions and they're not pretty.

    Company Development: Implementation of digital media knowledge was scarce and spotty during my time at that company. It's like when someone gives you a car and teaches you to drive it, and you decide to park that car in a garage and use it as a picnic table. Gross misuse of company resources and time were carried out often and the reps were ultimately the ones to suffer.

    Development: Know that your manager will be pulled in too many directions by the company to truly themselves to cultivating your career and look out for your best interests.

    Additionally, you'll be subjected to largely uninspiring, ineffective sales training sessions. This will amount to you likely becoming frustrated and focused on internal issues instead of throwing all of your energy and knowledge at generating, targeting, pitching and converting leads.

    Workplace Culture: On a daily basis there's a lot of intimidation, coercion and lack of support from your management staff.

    To give this company even one star for Career Opportunity, Management and Culture/Values is beyond generous.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize your reps. Do you want to change the revolving door culture that you've created in the hiring/firing/hiring process? Then invest in your reps.

    Listen to their needs, aspirations and goals and genuinely take into account what they need to be successful. If you demonstrate to them a daily desire to see them grow financially and professionally then they'll be more apt to put the company and its management first.

    It is thoroughly disheartening and maddening to see such talent and potential being ruined by the tactics and management styles of this company. There was no cohesion or unified effort emanating from all levels of management at ANY point during my career in ANY regard whatsoever. You have certain individuals in leadership roles that possess the potential and mentality to undue all of the positive efforts that have been carried out on behalf of the company.

    There is an air of arrogance amidst the ranks of management that is perceived by most of the foot soldiers of AMG that is entirely uninspiring and unsettling.

    Truly "Own your suck" and change your habits to empower good reps and do everything in your power to see that they are fulfilled and excelling. Then, and only then, will you start to formulate a team of individuals that will loyally support your initiatives and carry them out with passion, intensity and conviction.


  10. "Enjoyed my time in Birmingham"

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    Former Employee - News Designer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - News Designer in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good collaboration among employees, four-day work schedule

    Cons

    Would have liked to have more interaction with top-level managers.


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