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Updated October 2, 2017
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Media General President and CEO Vincent L. Sadusky
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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. "Great Company & Management, but low wages."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is still profitable.
    Has money to reinvest
    Depending on the division you work for there are lots of really smart and talented people working here.
    Great Management team.
    Lots of change

    Cons

    Declining business model
    Low compensation
    Very, very, very corporate. Think "Office Space".

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring the good people, and start clearing out the dead wood in your local properties.


  2. "GREAT they really care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get gifts, sick days and a lot of vacation days. very laid back

    Cons

    The board that controls the company is not the best.

  3. "My experie4nce at Media General was great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at Media General full-time

    Pros

    If you do what you are supposed to do for the most part they leave you alone & let you do your job

    Cons

    No cons. I really didn't have any problems while I was employed there

    Advice to Management

    Upper management was very approachable. Mr. Bryan seemed to be able to call everyone by name & I really appreciated that.


  4. "Great support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with that help bring your client visions to life. Good backend support to manage various types of campaigns.

    Cons

    Things don't always move as fast as you want with a big company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the support. Great assistance when you need it and happy to leave you alone when you do not.


  5. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in North Chesterfield, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in North Chesterfield, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, helpful atmosphere. Relatively good salary. Good benefits.

    Cons

    With all the mergers and buy-outs, nobody's job is safe right now. With the duality of positions, the larger company is laying off Media General employees and putting their employees in those positions.


  6. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - GENERAL SALES MANAGER in Hattiesburg, MS
    Current Employee - GENERAL SALES MANAGER in Hattiesburg, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Growing company that has had many mergers lately with a new company taking over this fall. Lots of growth and changes but they have been mostly positive.

    Cons

    Lots of changes to processes that have not all been positive. Quick growth has caused a few issues with processes.


  7. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Traffic Manager in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Traffic Manager in Lafayette, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Overall great place to work.

    Cons

    Wish pay raises were better.

  8. "great field"

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    Current Employee - Media in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Media in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good experiance in media field

    Cons

    nothing downside in media fieldq

    Advice to Management

    no i m not intrested


  9. "Challenges are Met With Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities as it expands business and begins making progress in the internet sector. Excellent networking opportunities and experience/growth available with the support of a professional working environment. The organization and different divisions within the company allow plenty of ways to migrate into other related careers. Certainly a great place for a variety of experiences.

    Cons

    Publishing and newsprint is a difficult market to be in. There is opportunities for the publishing division to be innovative, but they are resistant. Publishing is definitely not dead, but new ideas seem to be. Decentralized management, giving individual papers/locations relative autonomy makes it difficult to be effective in a support or management role.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in new ideas and begin centralizing the management. Have all divisions share a vision and purpose and push this, along with initiative from the top down. We can then minimize investment in resources, share and adopt best practices across the board and spend less time working on individual obstacles and focus on growing the business.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Only thing constant is change"

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    Current Employee - Copy Editor in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Copy Editor in Lynchburg, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Middle-management is supportive and helpful, benefits are good for entry-level work. Facility is clean and well-cared for, town where I work (Lynchburg, Va.) is safe. Newspaper editors have a good grasp of what is relevant to their communities, and care deeply about good work being done.

    Cons

    There is a sense that the higher-ups are scrambling to deal with the economy's effect on the biz. Plans for progress seem to be shifting. Makes you worry they'll decide next year that your job, what ever it may be, is too expensive, and chop it abruptly. Also, there is so much turnover! People who know what they're doing are leaving or being fired in droves.

    Advice to Management

    Tell us how you plan to pay for our jobs, in specifics. Too many meetings/memos are full of generalities, like "We will incorporate Twitter into our newsgathering" or "Online sales are the future" without any hard numbers.


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