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Updated May 27, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Place

    Apr 14, 2021 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Great experience, great technology always opportunity to learn new tech

    Cons

    very busy, lots of priorities

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Politics and meeting hell, but good mission

    Nov 1, 2020 - Software Engineer 
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    Pros

    Being in this building and walking through the newsroom just makes you feel like you are a part of something special. The history and the mission is meaningful, and it makes the job feel like it matters. Every one is very motivated by this.

    Cons

    Even as a software engineer, the amount of meetings you will have to go to is intense. It is sometimes hard to find any time to code. Sometimes you will have meetings on top of meetings. You will have to block off random chunks of time on your schedule so that you can code, but meetings will get booked into them regardless. Other cons are completely team dependent. But generally, if you are on a consumer facing news product team as an engineer, it may be tough. You will be surrounded by competitive, type A coworkers. Priorities are strange and engineers have no voice in the product. Product managers and designers run everything with a tight grip and no flexibility. All your deliverables exist to make them look good and they will ask for unnecessary things constantly. You will be micro managed to death and the politics of interacting with the product team will slowly wear you down. Relations between product and engineering are tense for this reason. Upper management seems to have no interest in remedying this and engineers leave constantly because of it.

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    13 people found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work as a engineer -- there are many challenges

    Mar 10, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Great mission. New York Times has been updating/expanding it engineering culture for many years and improved a lot of aspects such as interviewing, promotions, and general working environment.

    Cons

    Org is a bit dispersed and there is difficulty getting alignment on new projects.

    2 people found this review helpful
  4. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

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    May 27, 2021 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Great mission and smart coworkers

    Cons

    Underpaid, constantly changing requirements, some toxicity towards female engineers, lack of transparency around advancement

    7 people found this review helpful
  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Impactful Work with A Mission

    Mar 3, 2021 - Software Engineer 
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    Pros

    Most coworkers are very invested in our journalism and value what we're ultimately contributing to. Everyone that I've run into is friendly and always willing to help each other out. Very few big egos.

    Cons

    Some mandates from leadership aren't always the most transparent.

    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Amazing place for a summer internship

    Mar 13, 2021 - Software Engineer Intern in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Diverse and talented coworkers, everybody was committed to impactful work

    Cons

    Relatively short internship, would have loved to start earlier in the summer

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great work-life balance

    Mar 6, 2021 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Great work-life balance, lots of opportunities for growth. Investing a lot in tech

    Cons

    Not very flexible with hr-related stuff

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Tech Org Seeks Discipline,

    May 10, 2019 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
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    Pros

    - The mission. - Tech-wise, can sometimes feel start-up like. New projects are cloud-first (GCP) and most teams have moved to agile. Room for new ways of doing work and rethinking old approaches. - Decently large tech org with a depth of experience. - Lots of opportunity for growth and strong focus on learning. - Strong architecture review board. - Push for more regularization in languages, systems, and production quality. - There are some excellent managers in the organization who are committed to their employee's careers and growth. - Diversity initiatives appear to be having some affect in the tech organization.

    Cons

    - Feels enterprise-y in a lot of ways: culture-wise, a lot of the tech staff don't live in the City and many teams are incredibly siloed from each other; project-wise, things can move slowly and old projects live forever. - There's a lack of cohesiveness in the org: while engineering has started to move to a product model, Product & PM are still catching up; some teams lack development discipline; communication between teams can feel like pulling teeth. - Some parts of the tech org are understaffed. - Diversity continues to be a problem in the tech organization. - Relationship between the business and the newsroom is still weird.

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    21 people found this review helpful
  9. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Good company. Tries to show that they care about their employees

    Sep 21, 2020 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Benefits Salary is competitive Remote work culture Relax work culture

    Cons

    For non immigrants, it’s not a right place to work. They have stupid policy of filing GC after 4 years working at NYT. If they don’t change policy in next few months, I am planning to leave so as many people will leave. Higher employee churn rate. Lot of employees are leaving New York Times. Technology side of the group is low invested. As a result, they are still using technology stack which is 20 years old.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Nice place to work

    Nov 4, 2020 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Solid work/life balance - Majority of people you'll work with are awesome. - Work on things that are interesting to you

    Cons

    - High turnover (even in management) and lots of talented people left during my time (made me want to leave) - Lots of reshuffling (teams/org)

    2 people found this review helpful
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