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Alabama Media Group Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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


  3. "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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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Top heavy with upper management; capable employees are micromanaged"

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

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A proud tradition, especially in Birmingham where The Birmingham News has won two Pulitzer Prizes. Longtime employees who were the best at what they did and were always willing to help out new employees. Employees who give it their all in the face of very stressful demands.

    Cons

    Years of downsizing decimated a first-class, highly-awarded reporting corps trusted by the community. Those who remain do stellar work under very difficult conditions. Replacement hires were mostly very young writers who had little knowledge of journalism. Upper management's emphasis is almost exclusively on AL.com, and not on the newspapers it publishes three days a week. Reporters are told to post stories to the web site without getting them edited. Naturally, mistakes and inaccuracies follow. Success is judged by site clicks, not by quality, and the public was quick to notice. The management style can best be described as "knee-jerk." Additionally, morale hit bottom as employees are often chastised, rarely appreciated, stressed out.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value employees with experience, even if it costs more to pay them. If you nickel and dime yourself out of business, you have gained nothing. The veterans know what they are doing. Let them do it. Find a way to reduce mistakes online and in the newspaper, even if it means parting with a little bit of cash. It's worth it to gain back some credibility.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Poor management, not a good place to work for women or minorities"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Reporter in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation for the industry, but you should negotiate HARD for your starting salary, especially if you're a woman. Generous vacation time. Career advancement high for recent graduates, because they have been bleeding staff and you will have the opportunity to take on their work.

    Cons

    Absolutely zero consistent direction from management. Goals that are set are essentially arbitrary, because if you meet them you receive no reward apart from higher goals to achieve. Management is out-of-touch with goings-on of the actual newsroom. Insane mid-management turnover, I had 4 managers in less than two years. It's impossible to build a report or trust with your boss or team with this level of turnover. Supposedly a "cutting edge" and "progressive" media company that only advances white males. Colleagues are shamed for taking vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    Make a commitment to diversity hiring and retaining your most talented employees.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Constant Turn Over and Extreme Lack of Professionalism"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive II in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Account Executive II in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaborative team environment that is structured to help the Account Executive in analyzing and meeting clients needs. Decent working atmosphere.

    Cons

    The overall community has a poor view of AL.COM and the Mobile Press-Register. There is constant turnover among employees because of the lack of effective management and constant micro-managing. Mobile is consistently the worst producing branch of AMG. The chain of command struggles to effectively communicate your the goals and objectives of the job. What you are required to do at one moment often changes by the day. The pricing of AMG products are extremely over priced and often times prices you out of the market. I would be highly recommend continuing to look for other jobs. AMG is the most confusing and unprofessional place that I have ever worked. If you do take a job with AMG, you will find out pretty quickly that hardly anyone has been with the company for more than 2 years. Extremely frustrating place to work and excel. You've been warned! Don't work for this company.

    Advice to Management

    It would probably be better if there were fewer managers and less micromanagement going on. For some reason, the managers don't understand the ebbs and flows of sales. If you are going to take the time to train employees then give them the opportunity to grow. Don't handcuff them with constant pointless meetings. the current team structure creates a competitive atmosphere in which other AE's don't really want to help each other.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "A Company In Constant Transition"

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

    I worked at Alabama Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Very decent and helpful people working there
    The online media site is good and getting better
    People who really care about putting out a great news product
    Opportunity to share ideas with sales management

    Cons

    Constant disfunction in executive leadership
    Day-to-day management is never consistent

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it. The constant changes create morale issues


  9. "Recruitment Sales"

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Inside Sales in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Recruitment Inside Sales in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary, excellent potential for bonus each month, great work environment!

    Cons

    Easily lose accounts/orders to outside sales.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Call Center Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great co-workers, good perks (i.e. tickets to sporting events, concerts, etc.), occasional parties for sales teams hitting goals. Decent pay when you make your sales goals.

    Cons

    No room for growth. People with no sales experience are hired over people that have been with the company for years and who perform extremely well. The pay structure is bonus (i.e. getting a percent when you make a certain percent of goal) as opposed to actual commission and paying a percentage of what is sold. Also, can't sell products that outside reps sell, which actually work.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously look at the people you already have in your company who know your products and structure before trying to look for someone else.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Beware"

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

    Pros

    Yearly raises; in growing part of downtown.

    Cons

    Lack of training, managers are more concerned about keeping their job than guiding you with yours. Morale is terrible. Clickish! No room to advance. Commission structure is Always changing, company makes it difficult to earn commissions.



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