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Media General Reviews

Updated March 9, 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 5 reviews)

  • Lots of good, talented people want to work hard and win (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Crying out to upper management for help produced no results (in 5 reviews)

  • Constantly going though changes acquisitions and lay offs (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Blind leading the blind"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Initially seemed like they were committed to multimedia journalism; decent benefits package; excellent environment to learn about how to work on other platforms

    Cons

    It's corporate journalism to its very core, which ultimately means it's a bean counter-driven operation. Any talk of "multimedia" inevitably came down to a way to downsize the operation, forcing multiple jobs on one person, which led to an inferior product. Poor judgment from upper management in evaluating good journalism. Upper management tried its best to marginalize innovative, contrarian ideas that did not match up with theirs, as well as the voices of young people (ie, the people they are trying to reach the most), which is frustrating to see as the young public continues to laugh at their product and their subsequent and transparent attempts to be "hip."

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees at the worker level. Respect their input and don't put all stock in the ideas of a senior editor who hasn't left the office in 20 years.


  2. "District Supervisor, salaried position, work 50 plus hours per week with no additional pay. Work all hours of the nigh"

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    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice office space, good location.

    Cons

    Day and evening hours with no extra pay for all hours worked and low salary, mimimum wage after working 50 plus hours on salary.

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries


  3. "In four years I learned that Media General will not get past their news paper mentality."

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    Former Employee - Central Broadcast Controller in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Central Broadcast Controller in Columbus, OH
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are spread out nicely around the south eastern united states. They have some nice perks for working in media and have lots of way to help other people.

    Cons

    They have tons of debt, tons of news papers, and no plan on how to make money. Their is little growth and constant threat of lay offs and furloughs. Internal transfers are never followed up on and would rather hire local less qualified people then keep current people.

    Advice to Management

    They need a clear plan forward and stop asking employees for ideas or their money.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Shambles!"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a few good mid-level managers left, who somehow survived the lay-offs, and these managers are great to work for and have defended front-line workers as best they could.

    Cons

    Massive waves of lay-offs have contributed to a cynical, dog-eat-dog culture. The pay is terrible and worsening. And management seems to be unable to cope gracefully with the Richmond Times-Dispatch's dwindling relevance.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on creating more niche market and hyper-local publications, online or print. Also, a restructuring of the entire classified advertising section is needed. Perhaps more free ads for advertisers are needed -- or something like the first X amount of lines are free, etc. It just seems pointless to pay for classified ads these days.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Epic Disappointment for ambitious sales minded professionals"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Coffee, exceptional hours, good parking, professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    Antiquated system and technology, poor management, lack of ingenuity. Takes two weeks to access reports. Too many chiefs, not enough indians. Far fetched expectations with out a firm foundation to work from.

    Advice to Management

    Open your minds and doors to new ideas and spend some time and money in IT.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "It started good, got bad, then tripped down the rabbit hole to hit the awful bottom."

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    Former Employee - Producer in Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Producer in Spartanburg, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Active TV news industry; Health Insurance Better than Average; Vacation Days; High news numbers; Sold off Newspapers!

    Cons

    No raises; Furloughs; No opportunity for Growth; No bonuses; Pay is not competitive with market; Mismanagement and lack of communication within departments.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management. Not adaptable to changes in technology/ways of doing things. Still run on "old school" notion -- news flash, newspapers do not run the media industry anymore. Focus on things in specific markets. Utilize Social Media more.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Bait and Switch"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The compensation is decent, the co workers are great, and they have excellent on the job training.

    Cons

    It starts with the interview process for the Classified Department. The 2 managers that are in charge make you think that you will be treated like an adult professional. Then when you start they micromanage you to death. When you try to approach them about this they say it's our way or the highway. Not a professional way to handle your employees concerns. Combine that with the fact that if you do manage to stick it out you go nowhere in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Dump the mid level managers that have been in the same position for more than 10 years and bring in people that have a fresh perspective and some empathy for their workforce.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Media General produces good journalism, but the company was not prepared for the digital age."

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    Former Employee - Digital Media in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Digital Media in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Media General continues to be a good place to develop young talent among reporters and producers.

    Cons

    There is no financial strategy for company web sites, so Media General depends on seasonal events like political campaigns and the Olympics as revenue generators.

    Advice to Management

    Please develop a digital strategy to take advantage of the growth opportunities that exist in that medium.


  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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "A company in decline ... retrenching and holding fast to outdated business models"

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    Former Employee - Online Editor in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Online Editor in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive in the market

    Cons

    Playing a losing game in today's media marketplace

    Advice to Management

    There is more to news delivery than the paper that lands in the driveway and the news you put on TV based on your schedule ... get with the times


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