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Updated February 6, 2018
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  1. "Getting it on right track"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Improving company culture, great and fun colleagues, digital emphasis, management cares about our markets and brands. Wave of new talent coming in without baggage from past. Generally flexible work conditions. Commitment to journalism and integrity. Optimism about future.

    Cons

    Parent company hordes cash for other acquisitions and needs to pay bills and expenses more timely. Laptops and office equipment are antiquated and broken. Most people from the TEGNA/Gannett days with negative attitudes have left but a handful cling on. There is no HR person.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in transforming the business but invest in better technology. Keep going digital and bringing in new talent. Get parent company to pay bills on time and learn the business better.


  2. "Keep Looking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great people work here. Good brands.

    Cons

    Great people and brands don't make up for the negatives. Management is a mess. President is untrustworthy. His leadership style is extremely toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Owners need to get rid of the president. Find someone with experience and strategic vision.

  3. "Strong brands"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sightline Media Group full-time

    Pros

    The brands are one of a kind. Nice employees. Overall OK place to work if you are in media and journalism.

    Cons

    ...it is media. Media is an ever-changing landscape and this place still relies on print revenue. Rip the band-aid off and go digital-only.


  4. "Consider yourself warned!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sightline Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Rank-and-file staff members for the most part are smart, talented, and hard-working. Flexible work hours but your butt better be in a seat at some point during the day.

    Cons

    Where to begin? They promise telework options but then want you in the office every day (so don't believe them). Upper management sucks, they play favorites and the company president is a nut job and impossible to ignore when he's running through the office shouting. Pay isn't great. Just when you think morale can't go lower, surprise! It does. Parent company takes months to pay bills so if you're waiting for a reimbursement or payment, keep waiting. Talent is streaming out the door, but all the losses get spun in a fake "positive" light. Getting out was the best thing I could do.

    Advice to Management

    Start over with a new company president. Keep your talented staff relatively happy, at least let them work from home sometimes. Pay bills on time.


  5. "Exciting time!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sightline Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Was neglected for a while under Gannett but the new owners have been trying to actively make changes to the culture and things are looking up!

    Cons

    Business is in transition from primarily print to primarily digital and if you are stuck in your ways you will be left behind.


  6. "We care for our brands"

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    Current Employee - Mid Career Business Professional in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Mid Career Business Professional in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My colleagues are extremely hard working and decent. Most importantly, we care for each other. Our brands are highly recognized and appreciated in the market.

    Cons

    Parent company does not pay bills on-time which is frustrating at times. There are still some people who have old school mentality. They can't keep up with fast paced changes- uninnovative Gannett times are long gone. Benefits are decent, but pay could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more young professionals to freshen up the company culture.
    New mgmt has great energy and clear vision.


  7. "Quality lower level employees, management is a mess."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sightline Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Quality reporters, editorial staff is great

    Cons

    Senior management is a mess, the company seems to be in a free fall.

  8. "Only if you REALLY need a job."

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sightline Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes you just need a job. If so, Sightline is fine. But if you value a strong culture, great brands, strong and supportive management, and really nice people, I'd suggest you keep looking. You will not find that here.

    Cons

    Editorial side management is OK, but business side is completely lost. They have little idea what they need to do to grow the brand. Competitors have them out flanked on all fronts - and they have no answer. Ad sales, circulation, operations, etc are all a complete disaster. The CEO (third one in last 15 months) is a mess and has a hard time getting much done.

    Advice to Management

    Find new leadership before this brand fades completely. There are still some good people here - for now. But, they are all looking.


  9. "Coming back"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Journalist in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Journalist in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    new management, new dynamic and direction, new modern office, editors involved in management of the company, more listening to employees than in past, digital and video emphasis, great media brands and great journalists

    Cons

    still working through problems from the past, got rid of poor leadership, thin staffing, some disgruntled employees, new ownership not paying bills on time.

    Advice to Management

    keep the forward momentum and keep true to the value of the brands. Start paying the bills on time and treat contract employees better.


  10. "Seeking Stability"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sightline Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Good managers and very talented employees.
    Interesting subject matter: Military branches, the DoD and the federal government.
    Casual dress and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Company is still trying to stabilize after a series of ownership changes. It will be more secure once all of that is resolved.

    Advice to Management

    Be sensitive to employee insecurities in light of changes. Realize that layoffs and frequent reorganizations are detrimental to morale, and also reduce the effectiveness of the company.


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