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Media General Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, very professional working environment, opportunity for growth and finding connections, great location (in 5 reviews)

  • good pay and benefits, flexible schedules (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Crying out to upper management for help produced no results (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  2. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Not a career company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Media General-ly Okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Media Content Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Nice place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "media general"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A large, well managed company

    Cons

    Benefits costs and lack of training


  9. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone you work with has the same feeling. Some clients are great and some really are not. The team works well together sometimes.

    Cons

    There is no autonomy as an outside sales person-your time is micromanaged, constant last minute fire drills due to poor planning on management's side, inflated budgets that become unattainable. There is no real training to help you achieve your goals and promises that are not kept.
    Awful life/work balance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing with a FEAR mentality. The workers will respect your more if you actually praise them for their hard work instead of being unfriendly and unhelpful and not pleasant to be around. Be motivating instead of de-motivating.


  10. "OK place to work for but being sold to Nextstar soon."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit package with health care and Fidelity 401-k retirement program. With the proper management team in place it has been a good place to work for.

    Cons

    Media General is being sold to Nextstar at the end of 2016. The new owners have a reputation of cost cutting and may make for a good place to get experience as opposed to a long career.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Look hard at your GM/GSM Managers"

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking company with expanding footprint nationwide.

    Cons

    Too many subsequent mergers have corporate/upper management too worried about "landgrab/musical chairs" and if they will have a job or not to notice what is happening at individual units where employees have become a revolving door due to poor/often hostile work environments due to the impact of poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    Don't be blinded by historical BCF figures when coming into a new corporate position....need to look at the details on how many and why so many mid mgr and AE changes are happening.



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