Metroland Media Group Reviews

Updated May 26, 2020

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3.0
36%
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Metroland Media Group President Ian Oliver
Ian Oliver
68 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and clients to work with(in 10 reviews)

  • "Friendly people for the most part, 3 weeks vacation to start (which now appears to be the standard anyway)(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "sent work outside which caused quality to go down, low pay, no chance for real advancement(in 12 reviews)

  • "Newspapers and commercial printing is not a growing business in our new digital world(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Wow now good thing come to optioned fast morning ppl"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Spokes Person in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The best thing is work while your working or just hanging with friends or love ones an make take control of your life

    Cons

    The cons are it depends on your work ethic how much you make if your looking for a few extra bucks you'll have it More you work an push it out More comes back so God bless

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  2. "No worthy experience gained."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Recieved an extra two 'paid' days off. Had two really good co workers Typically 9-5 and it's rare if you need to stay late. 3 weeks vacation. Read the cons for more information on that. Editorial work is changing for the better.

    Cons

    Print advertising is dying. They refuse to accept it. The dailies are hemorrhaging money while under-cutting the community papers. The digital products that they offer are 5 years behind what the rest of the advertising industry is doing. In some markets, Metroland has more than 3 of its own companies fighting for the same client. The only way to be successful and make money is to wait for your older co-workers to quit so you can recieve some of their account list. They expects loyalty from their largest and most loyal clients but only continue to increase their rates without any real value being added. Every 6 months there are VDP to get people to leave. Vacation pay is only salary. You would need to get all your work done before you you take the time off. You need to have a backup person to do any additional work. Moral is incredibly low. Everyone can see where the company is headed but are too comfortable to actually look for another job. For the artwork of the ad, they have out-sourced a company out in India. There is a 12 hour turn around. A lot of the time the person working on the artwork doesn't understand or doesn't follow the instructions. Turnover is super high. Management aren't leaders, they rule with an iron fist. There isn't any room for any creativity or to make suggestions. This will only put a target on your back. There isn't a lot of money to be made here. Very few will actually make more that $60k a year. Local businesses do not like the company and refuse to talk to us. It's very sad to see what will happen to most of the people who work there that are expecting to retire with the company. LEAVE WHILE YOU CAN. The company had a chance to succeed but they didn't adapt to the times. They really hoped that the internet was just a fad that would disappear and never actually invested in anything until it's too late. Metroland makes the weirdest cuts to help save money. No Christmas parties, no work events, nothing that would help moral. It's very easy to find out how much the people at the top make. They have only reduced their bonuses. The only experience that I have gained is how to cold call. Metroland is known for their boiler room sales tactics and other companies try and poach employees on that basis and not for any meaningful expertise. There's so much more. Just stay away from this dying company and the print industry.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "sales"

    2.0
     in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Metroland Media Group

    Pros

    flexible hours. support staff at head office are usually quick to respond and helpful. co-workers are great.

    Cons

    management changes mind about major decisions every month. You are as good as your last sale.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Software Developer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work/Life Balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values

    Cons

    increasing workloads for existing employees

  5. "Meh"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Carrier in Scarborough, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Metroland Media Group part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Teaches you to be responsible and punctual.

    Cons

    Quite a low pay for much harder work than advertised.

  6. "Great opportunity to gain experience in Advertising/Marketing - but not for long term."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great management, great overall outlook on the companies transformation, and ongoing training.

    Cons

    Expectations and projects are all over the place and overwhelming for the pay. They changed the pay rate - but now get lower commissions when you sell larger packages. Want you to get mid-market clients and sell larger digital packages, while at the same time keeping the local papers alive and selling little features. Released a marketing 360 program essentially enacting as an agency so they can utilize another outside company in order to not hire and develop into the existing company. Lay-off's occurring often - not a business to see myself grow and feel stable and advance my career. Working from the computer most of the day, not really the full sales job you expect it to be with communicating to offshore.

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  7. "Metroland Media Review"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Smiths Falls, ON
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very close to my home, the company allowed me to gain production, estimating, purchasing, quality, health & safety, environmental & maintenance experience.

    Cons

    Newspapers and commercial printing is not a growing business in our new digital world.

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  8. "Great people"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Conflcits Atty in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good working environment, great people to work with. Easy communications with stakeholders

    Cons

    The environment has hanged after became as part of Toronto star

  9. "Graphic designer"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer 

    I worked at Metroland Media Group part-time

    Pros

    A rewarding job with lots of creativity

    Cons

    A job that has become restructured and centralized

  10. "Great Print Company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Coordinator in Halton Hills, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Print Media company. Room for growth with good benefits.

    Cons

    Some jobs are commission based and they allow claw backs if customers do not pay there bills.

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