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Pros
  • Good benefits, very professional working environment, opportunity for growth and finding connections, great location (in 6 reviews)

  • Great place to work in teams and collaborate with others on projects (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Crying out to upper management for help produced no results (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management lost sight of their employees, during each merger (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Avoid at all costs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many -- all of the pros left when the company was acquired by Nexstar.

    Cons

    New management at Nexstar doesn't care about employees


  2. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Media General full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and learning structure

    Cons

    Constantly going though changes acquisitions and lay offs

  3. "OK place to work for but being sold to Nextstar soon."

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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 Media General full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit package with health care and Fidelity 401-k retirement program. With the proper management team in place it has been a good place to work for.

    Cons

    Media General is being sold to Nextstar at the end of 2016. The new owners have a reputation of cost cutting and may make for a good place to get experience as opposed to a long career.


  4. "Photojournalist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Media General (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Staff is helpful, when it comes to getting work editing done in a crunch. Photogs chip in where needed, like doing each others live shots, and finishing editing at times or help with special effects. Producers pitch in to help write or booth shows.

    Cons

    Rarely does a producer go out into the field, to experience what the photog or reporter sees
    All the edit bays are disjointed, meaning they all don't have the same capabilities. The newsroom is outdated, so there is always construction makeovers cables adjusted to make it up to date for staff. The computers are not synced withe same software either for any staff member to log in anywhere they see fit.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time in the newsroom to see some of the difficulties staff faces on a daily basis. Don't just pass through to see the News Director and leave.


  5. "Content Manager"

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

    Pros

    Developing young reporters, teaching them the journalistic ropes

    Cons

    Long hours, resources stretched too thin inside news departments. News morale low

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people who work for you not just sell for you


  6. "Mostly stable but stuck in the past"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is strong and fairly stable considering the amount of mergers and changes that have happened. We have one of the best CEOs in the industry.

    Cons

    There is little forward thinking and low standards are set by leadership outside of the CEO, preventing him from doing what he could do for the company. Every process and standard could use an upgrade.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give up on employees when changes happen.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Traffic assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Cool to learn the behind the scenes aspects of how a commercial makes it on air

    Cons

    Low moral of a company the manager sucks all on them they do not keep commitments at all

    Advice to Management

    stop talking about employees behind their back to other employees maybe everything would be different

  8. Helpful (2)

    "The company was never the same after MG & Lin took over"

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    Current Employee - News Producer in Lafayette, LA
    Current Employee - News Producer in Lafayette, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great camaraderie with employees, good learning ground, working with & learning from experienced journalists

    Cons

    LOW salary, low communication skills between employers and management, constant technical issues, management has questionable news judgment, too afraid to tackle controversial news stories

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers & don't be afraid to take risk with story content


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Doesn't care about employees and treats them as expendable."

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    Current Employee - News Producer in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - News Producer in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Own the top station in the market I live in.

    Cons

    Getting time off is next to impossible, the hours are ridiculous (not quantity, just the schedule), and management is not understanding in the least that employees have personal lives. Also, the pay is not good either.

    Advice to Management

    Show you employees that you care more by paying them a living wage, being fair, and treating them with more respect (even if this is their first job). Also understand that even though this is the news business, reporters/anchors/producers all do have family and friends.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Sad"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most coworkers make it a fun and enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    Don't take a job as an inside sales rep. The call center is managed by people that will tell you what you want to hear at the interview, and then it's "their way or the highway" once you're hired. They micro-manage you to death. They use fear and intimidation to beat down the rank and file. If you have talent and can produce, you will ultimately be looking for another job once again. You can't even move to another department, as they will squash all attempts. Their egos will not allow you to get the better of them. At the interview, be sure to ask about the "Dialing for Donuts" room.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many people in supervisory positions that did not get to where they are through hard work and merit. Politics and the good old boy network are destroying your company. Do something before the Tampa Bay Times becomes the only paper in Tampa Bay. Listen to your employees at the lowest level. Don't rely on your managers to give you the real story.


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