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Digital First Media Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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Pros
  • The Mercury and other papers at Digital First Media encourage new ideas and will lengthen the leash if you prove capable of thinking outside the box (in 5 reviews)

  • Many employees have been with the company for a long time and are decent, hard-working people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, constant layoffs, management only cares about web hits and money - not journalism (in 7 reviews)

  • Newspaper Industry is shrinking very, very rapidly, company is looking for new ways to stay profitable and currently is very challenging (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Newspaper business"

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    Current Employee - Product Owner in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Product Owner in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, vibe within Denver office is good and productive

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is dealing with a lot of change and shrinking revenues. This can make for a lot of changes in the work place. Budgets fluctuate and directions change quarterly.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with personnel and business changes before they happen


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good first-time job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunities for recent college grads

    Cons

    Unpredictable corporate structure and the possibility of downsizing

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Industry on the down trend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good and talented people, fun technology to work with.

    Cons

    The industry is heading south, so perks and salaries are not good at all.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people and get a new insurance plan.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fine for a first job"

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

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time

    Pros

    Good first job, surrounding area isn't overly expensive so you can at least eat, kind of, on the peanuts they give you.

    Cons

    Low pay, managers who are actually salaried and take vacation constantly and look down on you, you probably won't ever be promoted because why would they want to pay you more.

    Advice to Management

    Care more, punish those who do a terrible job instead of making others pick up slack.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best...not the worst"

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    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Pottstown, PA
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Pottstown, PA

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you work hard you can potentially make good money. The hours are great and they're usually pretty flexible (at least in my office) when you need time off.

    Cons

    Medical Benefits are bad and will only get worse in 2017. There's really nowhere to move up towards, so if you're looking for a career with a chance for advancement, this isn't the place for you. Workforce has been cut back so those of us left are doing multiple jobs

    Advice to Management

    We need better benefits! Stop cutting back - we're already working with a bare bones staff and those of us left that truly care are beyond stressed and cannot take on any more.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here"

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are great.

    Cons

    The company does not care about its employees and there hasn't been a raise in years.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good as entry-level job, but don't expect a fulfilling career"

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

    Pros

    In this evolving technological age, Digital First Media at least tries to keep up with the Joneses. The pros are truly professional; by that I mean the veterans and the workers who have a respectably stylized work ethic. The benefits are decent -- pretty good, actually. The PTOs offered are also respectable. As a career foundation, DFM serves its workers well, and you can learn much if you truly have the aptitude and desire.

    Cons

    The quality of the company's product is going downhill almost faster than one can keep up with it. Changes are profoundly constant, anywhere from staff downsizing to workloads (always more, never less...yet somehow the paper gets smaller) to business strategy redos. Leadership is non-existent, at least from those whose actual job is to be an actual leader. Any suggestion/advice you have for management is almost immediately disregarded. No accountability whatsoever, hence why the leadership suffers. Bad work/life balance if you're stuck with the night shift. Don't count on getting holidays off unless you ask for it in advance -- even long-tenured employees don't have this privilege. The pay/work ratio is abysmal, to put it delicately. It seems those doing less work (sometimes dishonestly) gets paid fairly more than those who work hard honestly. Potential new hire vetting process is a joke, so be prepared for potentially annoying coworkers. If you're a hard worker, be careful; you're bound to get even more work. If you're a lazy worker, then stay the course, because you won't be expected to do anything more than just that without fear of reprisal or any real consequence. Hoping for a promotion or advancement? Put that hope away because it'll likely never happen. You'll only get the promotion by proxy, not officially. I got exactly one raise in the five years I've been there, so don't count on any of those, either.

    Advice to Management

    Be a leader. Reward your hard workers, reprimand your stragglers. Show them you actually care. Take responsibility. Being withdrawn and showing lack of discourse is bad for team morale and influences bad habits, particularly in the lazy workers. Furthermore, be honest. Don't try to sugar-coat bad news with minimally perceptive good news. You have an ethical obligation to keep the best interest of your workers in mind. Without them, you are not even management.

  8. "Company Overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are a lot of great co-workers

    Cons

    Business is always changing, which is a good and bad thing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Media Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Media Coordinator in West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Digital Media Coordinator in West Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great co-workers, relaxed atmosphere, interesting and constantly changing

    Cons

    sometimes processes aren't explained thoroughly


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Don't bother"

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    Current Employee - News Reporter
    Current Employee - News Reporter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Digital First Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues and the News Guild are powerful.

    Cons

    Management is a joke. Incentives don't exist. Salary is abysmal. Attempts to break the union are constant. Layoffs are frequent. They forgot about journalism a few years back.

    Advice to Management

    Build in some incentives and room for advancement and give the workers raises! Eight years is without a raise is unacceptable.


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