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Sightline Media Group Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Coming back"

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    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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Get some experience and then move on"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You couldn't work with a better group of people. There is a lot of great journalism going on. If you take the initiative, you can do a lot here to build your resume and portfolio.

    Cons

    The company is struggling. There have been three rounds of layoffs this year, and with a new owner, it's unclear they're over.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Client Solutions Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Client Solutions Specialist in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Client Solutions Specialist in Springfield, VA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Teleworking Opportunities, Self-directed work

    Cons

    Laid Off, Poor Morale, No Career Development


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Huge Layoffs"

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

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

    Pros

    Was a good place because of the team work between departments

    Cons

    Toxic, empty chairs after second round of layoffs in 1 month.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees know if there is a future


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