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Pros
  • Great work life balance, I only work more than 40 hours a week when I'm so excited about what I'm doing that I can't help myself (in 24 reviews)

  • Work with really smart people who are passionate about journalism (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely no work life balance, Senior management will slowly make you put in longer hours at work (in 5 reviews)

  • Software developers don't have much role in product decision making (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Revolving door, bad leadership, lots of diversity exits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great products, world in class news, great journalism.

    Cons

    There's been recent changes in HR leadership who have very little to no respect for tenured current employees. There are changes in Technology leadership where there are mainly white males and no room for women or diverse tech leaders. Mass exits in the recruitment teams and technology teams this year. It used to be a great place to work but leadership is making changes to create what they think is valuable but are focused on short term gains as opposed to looking at long term value and a lot of loyal employees are getting trodden on, in the process. There are better places to work and it seems like a lot of our employees are finding better companies to move to.


  2. "Payroll Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at New York Times full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They give a lot of time off.

    Cons

    There only Salary they work more than 40 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Bad management, high turnover"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The NYT brand on your resume
    - Association with high quality journalism
    - Smart people in newsroom

    Cons

    - Highly political structure, cliquey culture, backstabbing
    - Constant rounds of layoffs, talented staff quitting
    - NO career progression: unless you're in the golden circle of the right people
    - Salary not in line with industry, poor company benefits
    - Lack of senior management direction, favoritism

    Most backwards company I have ever worked for. Senior management remain by legacy and don't have the capacity to make decisions, provide leadership or resources to teams.

    Talented people end up leaving with frustration at lack of support from management. Arrogant directors openly push that you should be grateful to work for a distinguished brand.

    No development plan for employees; work hard and expect no rewards.

    Career suicide, the prestige of the NYT reputation alone is not enough. Only recommend as a place to work if you're a first jobber, experienced professionals should steer clear!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of layers of ineffective management, retain the employees that actually produce outcomes.

    Treat staff better as they are the backbone of the organization.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Sales Planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many people were very nice and good at their jobs.

    Cons

    This was the worst job I've ever had. If you have a life outside of work, this place is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites and value people and you won't have an entire turnover every year.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Dont Do it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Lots of smart people.

    Cons

    Getting rid of older workers. Investing future of company and it's survival in twenty-somethings.

    Advice to Management

    value performance


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not a friendly place to work at ..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mysql Database Administrator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Mysql Database Administrator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York Times (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the reputation of the company

    Cons

    The management in Infrastructure is the worst I've ever known. They are cold and clueless, and apparently indifferent to the turnover going on all around them. Perhaps the management believes they can rely on the reputation of the Times alone to acquire and retain talent, but the number of people leaving does not support this fallacy.

    They are so quick to criticize you for mistakes, but fail to mention a thing about the good work you do. They create a climate of fear and intimidation, and yet are so obtuse as to believe that their draconian policies will win the support and loyalty of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Start treating the employees in Infrastructure like human beings rather than numbers. This might put a stop to the exodus of talent from your company.


  8. "Passive aggressive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great brand. You feel like you're keeping something important alive.

    Cons

    It is a family-run business. Disagree with the leadership at your peril. Very political.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to incorporate diverse viewpoints and new ideas, rather that eliminating smart people that happen to disagree with you.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Don't bother"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    the name. great name to align yourself with.

    Cons

    no job security and pay is not great. morale is low. people cry in the bathrooms. its a very sad place to be in the year 2014. what used to be a diverse corporation has now turned into a cookie cutter environment. Where's the diversity now? You won't find it.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Run away as fast as you can."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name and some interaction with editorial. It looks good on your resume, and you can talk up the work that you've done to make it seem more important.

    Cons

    Horrible place to work, never come here on the business side. The management is horrible, they promote based on personal feelings and not merit, there's complete favoritism, and management acts like a high school clique. They treat employees very badly, are not supportive of further development unless they personally decide that they like you (but that changes at the drop off a hat). They are racist, also. Nepotism abounds here. Management gets kicks out of restricting little freedoms, like getting breakfast in the morning, or enjoying a lunch with coworkers. They don't like fraternization and friends if they are not a part of it, and thus punish you for it. There isn't enough space to describe how horrid this place is. There is no room for advancement unless you're a personal friend, and "pedigree" has been made to matter, which is disgusting.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the current management, and replace them with brand new people. The ones who are in place now are ridiculously incompetent at managing and are only in it because they've been here for an extended period of time. The management style consists of power trips.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Rapidly changing strategy and unclear goals will not save the Times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Insight into how news is generated at one of the world's most popular papers
    * Rub shoulders with news-makers and other minor celebrities
    * Free books and access to New York City events and institutions
    * Free access to Premium Crossword Puzzles
    * Bragging rights (this used to be true, but now people feel sorry for you)

    Cons

    * Majority of employees are disgruntled and unhappy, making for a poor working environment
    * Politics outweighs disciplined thought when making decisions
    * Lack of clear management strategy or goals adds to the difficulty in decision making
    * Performance is not measured consistently or tied to pay

    Advice to Management

    Require upper management and those that report to them to create clear, measurable goals and reward them based on meeting those goals. Create a review system which requires that managers be reviewed by their employees, and take that into account before deciding compensation and promotions.


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