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Media General Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Not a bad place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice location
    produced a good news product
    great coworkers
    new building in a great location
    good communication from corp
    pay was good

    Cons

    very aggressive with contracts
    advertising dependent, leads to job cuts in lean times
    very newspaper focused
    requiers lots of paperwork for reporting

    Advice to Management

    i think management does a good job managing the company. The decline of newspaper circulation has really hurt the company.


  2. "It has been a learning experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - A/R & CREDIT MANAGER in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - A/R & CREDIT MANAGER in Richmond, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    They have management that are very good and communicate with their employees.

    Cons

    The media industry is having a hard time and they have had to lay-off people recently.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to see MG look at each business unit individually and make decisions based on their profitability.


  3. "Good place to learn and grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lhigh number of assets to be competitive in the market

    Cons

    Too many initiatives and constant change. There is not opportunity to see if the current path is successful before more change is implemented.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "My experience was very good."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    Pros

    Colleagues are wonderful, interesting people. Working in same building with TV station WFLA and website TBO.com provides good multimedia experience. Building is in nice location downtown with picture windows overlooking the Hillsborough River.

    Cons

    Atmosphere a little depressing due to state of newspapers, shrinkage in newsroom staffing and news hole and continued threat of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Management is probably doing everything it can in a difficult situation. It could perhaps do more to let employees know how much they are appreciated.


  6. "Good people, good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Support staff, Management who genuinely care about their employees, and growth potential in the digital medium.

    Cons

    Print industry is in trouble.


  7. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Lake Norman of Catawba, NC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Lake Norman of Catawba, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Good pay. Very good management. Loved working there. Wish I was still working there.

    Cons

    In sales the down side is always missing goals. But, the goals were pretty fair.

    Advice to Management

    Happy with management


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good experience in an unstable field."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News and Content Producer in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Former Employee - News and Content Producer in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to grow and have new responsibilities
    Company is a well-known name in news field
    From what I remember, the benefits were decent

    Cons

    Furloughs and staff reductions (2008-2010)
    High-paid execs, but that seems to have been taken care of in the last couple of years
    It's not so much the company but the news field in general, overworked and underpaid employees

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and appreciate what the people at each station do to keep the company going. Many people work around-the-clock, on holidays, and vacation for this career ... and are rarely compensated adequately. A little extra money, time off, or a pat on the back helps a lot.


  9. "I have a pleasant opinion of Media General."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoy working with my coworkers. I actually look forward to going to work. The work itself is not that stressful. My work site is in the South, amongst mild weather and low cost of living standards.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is shift stabilization. Weekly schedules are rarely stable; most department employees are expected to maintain flexiblity as we run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. But this is to be expected in this type of environment.

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay with more responsibility. Better healthcare benefit packages.


  10. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Individual stations have an excellent work environment. Employees are all of good spirits

    Cons

    All about the bottom line.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation package, some departments get to work from home.

    Cons

    There are a lot of layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts recently.

    Advice to Management

    Replace upper management with forward thinkers, hire sales people that actually sell.


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