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Cox Media Group Reviews

Updated March 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and great private company to work for (in 25 reviews)

  • Cox offers great benefits, amazing employee perks and a great work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no room for growth for finance folks (in 7 reviews)

  • The upper management is very out of touch with how to not only run the company but also how to truly value their employees (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Digital Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Private company and can make their own decisions.

    Cons

    Very unorganized. Don't care enough about their employees in certain departments.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "They don't get Technology"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    The health benefits are decent. It's privately owned.

    Cons

    The media industry has changed a lot over the past decade and they don't seem to understand the need to be a technology company. They used to have a ton of extremely talented people, but after some top-down changes by the company, there was a mass exodus. Decisions are all made top-down, often with the help of outside (and expensive) consultatation. They are outsourcing a lot of their technology work. They want to be content producers and their business model is built around advertising but honestly they don't produce much quality content, and advertising is already a flooded market. They claim they care about their people, but in the past couple of years it appears more than they only care about the bottom line. It's also very difficult to move around within the company, and despite losing many people, there was supposedly no budget to promote others.

    Advice to Management

    Depend upon your developers/engineers for their opinions and what they have to contribute to the company they want to see succeed. New "outsiders" coming in to making sweeping changes and cleaning house does nothing for your morale. Decide whether you're going to focus on technology or content and do that well; right now you are doing both very poorly and the rest of the industry will leave you behind. Also, employees reviewing managers might be just as beneficial as managers reviewing those they manage. You'd probably learn about many problems well before people decide to leave.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Management Needs to Improve"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great group of non-management employees!

    Cons

    Many of the management staff de-values most of the non-management employees.

    Advice to Management

    Apply training techniques in order to enhance your management skills.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Pay"

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    Former Employee - Studio Technician in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Studio Technician in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cox Media Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were a few cool people at the station..

    Cons

    Paid like a slave, seriously, even senior people made peanuts

    Advice to Management

    Rethink Life


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not very busy, if you're smart you have a lot of free time.

    Cons

    Moving up can be elusive, low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Make efforts to recruit and train young professionals.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Channel Manager in Bel Air, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Channel Manager in Bel Air, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Resources are a huge benefit

    Cons

    too big to coordinate digital efforts

    Advice to Management

    Need new people who know digital strategy + tradtional


  8. Helpful (10)

    "From startup culture to toxic culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are solid and pay for technology is typically above market.
    Still a few people left who are passionate about the work and work together.

    Cons

    Sr. Technology Leadership has bred a toxic environment that breeds fear, uncertainty and doubt in the their ability to lead.

    The culture there has devolved into one where teams aren't able to self-form and work to their best ability. This is due in part to the PMO's inexperience with enabling agile teams to form and norm as well as the hoteling policies that keep teams from naturally sitting together

    Management routinely plays dodge the bullet from their business stakeholders allowing the tech team to take the hit when something goes wrong.

    Business stakeholders are routinely moved into positions they have no experience in. The "hiring millennials will fix our aging business model" approach is flawed and naive.

    Advice to Management

    Allow teams to self-form and limit the PMO's power to impose draconian methodologies.

    Sr. Management should be accountable for the culture toxicity and should be rotated out in favor of people from the outside that understand cultures play into a healthy work environment.

    Bullet dodging management is dangerous to culture and should be replaced with managers who respect the balance between business and technology.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Radio is dead"

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    Former Employee - Windows Systems Administrator in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Windows Systems Administrator in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cox Media Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I really liked my direct boss which is probably what kept me there much longer than I should have been. Also there were several special events that were fun.

    Cons

    Over the last 7 years or so, most employees are on pins and needles waiting to see if they will be the next one to get let go. Eventually and inevitably it happens.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Decent pay but no work/life balance; corporate owns you."

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    Former Employee - California in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - California in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits but no work/life balance. Once you are locked in, you have no life. Corporate owns you.

    Cons

    Corporate management have no regard for the well-being of the employees. You're just a number. Corporate managers go about boasting all the wonderful things they have accomplished for the company but it is just words coming out of their mouth. They claim to listen to the plights of the workforce but I'm sure they get so many complaints that they simply ignore them. Corporate is all about the profit; cutting jobs and lumping more work on the ones that are left behind so that management can line their pockets with bigger bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth and hire more people so that your "valued" employees actually have a life while working for your company.


  11. "Unorganized"

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    Current Employee - Security Guard in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cox Media Group part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with top grade equipment and professional looking people

    Cons

    This company makes millions but can seem to only pay $9.00 a hour for part-time

    Advice to Management

    One hand doesn't know what the other is doing, you should fix that


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