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Media General Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, very professional working environment, opportunity for growth and finding connections, great location (in 6 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. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Has been a good company, but future is hazy."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Media General full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and 3rd week of vacation relatively quickly. Huge network of stations for potential to start at small market and move up steadily. Lots of creative, resourceful people who genuinely want to be a news resource for their market. Huge company size means lots of bargaining power.

    Cons

    Latest acquisition by Nexstar leaves a lot of uncertainty for "legacy" MG stations as far as management styles, staff retention and budgets are concerned. Pay isn't great and some managers would rather hire a parade of cheap rookies than invest in experienced talent. Maybe wait a year or two for the transition to take full effect before you join a Media General station. Pay more attention to the Nexstar reviews on Glassdoor than MG.

    Advice to Management

    I hope Nexstar doesn't try to fix things unless they're broken but I have a feeling shareholder profit will be the highest priority even if the news product suffers and employee morale suffers. Vince Sadusky gets a neutral rating in this review because he's on his way out.

  3. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people in my office were fantastic!!

    Cons

    Not much room for growth in my office..


  4. "Great, but Public company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Digital Designer in Austin, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and environment, social culture, and now, a new volunteering initiative that appeals to me. Fun parties and events. Nice equipment / tools.

    Cons

    Public company, so sometimes it feels like the people in control only care about the stakeholders and bottom line. Not much room for growth, at least in corporate positions. Pay is not great. Raises only come to those with title changes. Underwent 2 mergers.

    Advice to Management

    Try to genuinely show care towards your employees. Be as transparent as possible! Offer equal opportunities for promotions. Not just the favorites.


  5. "Photojournalist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Executive Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  7. "Great Culture, Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very busy environment so tasks are often new or infrequent which keeps them interesting and not too repetitive. Great upper management

    Cons

    This station has a lot of technical issues

    Advice to Management

    Fix the technical issues-it will keep viewers happy

  8. "It was an OK job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Photographer in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Photographer in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    To make a living with good coworkers. To work with newer equipment and good trucks. To work at a pro golf tournament.

    Cons

    Low pay, low morale, low upward mobility. Tiny pay raises. Too much interference from management outside of the station. Little consideration for everyday workers.

    Advice to Management

    Increase raises to at least cost of living.


  9. "HR Generalist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great, talented people that value their craft and understand the importance of providing informative and honest journalism.

    Cons

    Turmoil at the corporate level from years of financial problems, sale of a significant part of the business, and a number of mergers made it difficult to function at the field level.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better support and systems for the field level. Trust those in the field to do their jobs without micromanagement.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Digital"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Sales Manager in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Digital Sales Manager in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They give you the tools, and when you use those tools to succeed everything is pretty good!

    Cons

    Working through multiple mergers has been challenging...


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