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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 6 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great resume builder and lead generator for future jobs

    Cons

    You will be promised a "list" but it will not meet the pay level that you were promised during your interview because ratings and revenue have dipped so low that your territory will be raided by other reps before you come on board.

    Advice to Management

    Stop forcing your reps to push every package you dream up just so you can tell upper management that you did YOUR job. Stop making them attend mindless training sessions so you can check off a box. Have the guts to be honest with employees...selling is done outside of the office.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Hub Spiraling Out of Control"

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

    I have been working at Media General full-time

    Pros

    Working with very talented people in their fields at the station level and hub level. Professionalism to the highest degree.

    Cons

    Unfortunately most of these talented people are overworked and overwhelmed. Also the lack of leadership is frustrating. Currently most employees feel set up for failure and unable to meet unrealistic expectations. Many are being poached by other companies, or simply leaving without any sort of fall back.

    Advice to Management

    Change in management is needed immediately. Also, not hiring to replace employees that have left, is crushing the current staff. When there's someone having a breakdown and crying on a weekly basis, there needs to be change.


  4. "Good people"

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    Former Contractor - Sales in Tampa, FL
    Former Contractor - Sales in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Media General as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company, Good people, forward thinking

    Cons

    print company, went thru some hard times,


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good the bad and the ugly"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is ok, and they have air conditioning inside.

    Cons

    In sales you will be surrounded by snakes, more everyone will smile in your face and then bite you in the ass if you let your guard down. Also It is one of the places that when you start and a assistant then you will stay as one. The only way to move around to something new here is to leave.


  6. 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


  7. 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.

  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 (3)

    "Too Many Managers who manage nothing but their personal lives"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to grow professionally. There are many benefits to working for #1 Newspaper, #1 TV station and #1 Local News Website.

    Cons

    With so many changes in 2011 managers and employees were left wondering if their job would exist in the next week. They recently laid off 165 employees a week before Christmas. If you have a great year and bring in revenue over your annual budget you will pay for it the following year. To save money and even the playing field your percentage paid will be scaled down. You must work twice as hard to make the same as the previous year.

    Advice to Management

    Trim middle management, empower and create incentives that motivate your employees, effectively combat regional competition, and invest in younger employees through management training.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "My experience was very good."

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    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.


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