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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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Uncertain Future"

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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

    Pros

    I have worked with a wonderful group of really talented people. Great managers over the years have helped me advance my skills. Great flexibility. There may be more opportunity for advancement in the larger Nexstar.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, now that MG is no more, the future is uncertain. It seems like every merger brought changes that were mainly for the worse. Nexstar seems like less of a "family" to me. We shall see though.

    Advice to Management

    Continue challenging employees and providing opportunities for them to advance.


  2. "Terrible management with no accountability and will no only get worse after merger"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Producer in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Multimedia Producer in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Media General full-time

    Pros

    Because the management is so bad there is no one supervising employees and most days there is no work to be done because there is no one creating projects or delegating work to do that more often than not you will have 4-5 hours a day free to work on freelance projects, and search for a better job.

    Cons

    Awful management makes progress impossible. There is no way this company can compete or keep up with Scripps, Sinclair, or Meredith when it comes to the future of local TV news. The upcoming merger with Nexstar will only make things worse. None of their stations are 1 in their markets and sadly at this point even keeping the handful of stations in 2nd place seems impossible.

  3. "News reporter"

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    Former Employee - News Reporter in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - News Reporter in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Media General is now Nexstar My experience with MG is relatively good. Benefits were as good or better than other media companies I've worked for.

    Cons

    Reporters are overworked with many new positions coming as one-man-bands.

    Advice to Management

    respect your employees on a day-to-day basis. Too many managers take for granted the work your people do.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great management - allows flexibility to find solutions
    - Good feedback on performance
    - Allows telecommuting on formalized schedule
    - Variety in tasks-not micromanaged

    Cons

    - Somewhat structured - changes on the horizon unsure of impact locally.

    Advice to Management

    Keep current staff up-to-date on changes


  5. "Good"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Mount Pleasant, SC
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Mount Pleasant, SC

    Pros

    Good to learn from ... tons of professionals who can assist in getting your career on track ... good benefits

    Cons

    Constant uncertainty due to merges .. sometimes lack of information on ongoings of company... needs way to involve employees in that dept


  6. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time

    Pros

    Company has some of the highest rated television stations in their markets, with leading talent, staff and programming

    Cons

    Mergers and acquisitions resulted in loss of key employees and leaders.


  7. "Not a career company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In most positions they pay well. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    They are unorganized, pay various employees incorrectly, wrong deductions or no pay at all. HR seems confused most timesuccessful but provides image they have it together.

    Advice to Management

    Some people are just biding time until Nexstar buy out. Random job cutting, people are uncertain about future. No guarantee on retention letter and they'll let you go to save on bottom line. Provide reassurance to remaining ee's.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Media General-ly Okay"

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    Current Employee - Newscast Director in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Newscast Director in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mid-high market company with a good diversification of networks and locals. Benefits are competitive with a 401k match. Overall middle of the road.

    Cons

    Cheap and ineffective. The company as a whole listens to the sway of consultants (failed news directors) instead of the market audience. As well as continues to ride out old, out of date, and failing equipment until it completely breaks down (sometimes on air).

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to consultants and spend some money on your product.


  9. "Media Content Manager"

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn are endless.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. They are constantly trying to add more tasks to each employee instead of hiring more people.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.


  10. "Nice place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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