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Updated February 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people highly committed to there task (in 6 reviews)

  • Easy commute access nice people good cafteria food very inexpensive (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • It's no secret the company is failing, so job security is zero (in 3 reviews)

  • Promotion was not fair and low morale (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great First Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture! Absolutely love working here.

    Cons

    Old building, can't wait to move to the new State Street offices.


  2. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Globe full-time

    Pros

    Extraordinarily important mission, interesting work, smart and dedicated co-workers.

    Cons

    The business model for print media is incredibly challenged, and the change process is painful. There is no diversity at the company - predominantly white men. The environment for women is uncomfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to a diversity of ideas and new way of doing things.


  3. "No longer a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Globe full-time

    Pros

    Being part of a news organization that has made a real difference in the community.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs make for a very stressful environment. No one feels safe so it's impossible to do your best work.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that you have great people who want to make the company succeed - and you can't hire your way to success.


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  5. "Customer Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Taunton, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Taunton, MA

    I worked at The Boston Globe part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office, plenty of parking

    Cons

    Customer Service Representatives are treated poorly. Hours are structure to avoid paid breaks. Very high turnover, leads to remaining employees getting dumped on.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees the way you would like to be treated.


  6. "Journalist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Globe full-time

    Pros

    The Globe has a strong, traditional news operation, staffed by dedicated journalists who know their craft. The news the paper produces matches in quality that of any and every local/regional newspaper in the US. The paper's new ownership (John Henry) has shown a strong commitment to experimentation with new business models and new ways to reach new audiences.

    Cons

    Like most daily newspapers today, the Globe's pay range for journalists is terrible. The paper has not found a way to break the national "curse" of local news organizations being short-sighted in terms of what they consider to be news and how they approach topics of interest to local communities. The news staff isn't very diverse, ethnically. And top management is really void of diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify to better reflect the Greater Boston community, and do so among top management ranks, not just entry-level journalists.


  7. "Pressman since late 90's"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pressman in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Pressman in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Union representation and per press manning.

    Cons

    Dying industry for all print even though we are moving toward more commercial work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to journeyman's advice when purchasing new equipment.


  8. "Production Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    An easy-going workplace where I get along with my fellow co-workers and where work is valued.

    Cons

    Moving to a location that is inaccessible by any form of public transportation whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Move to a location that is accessible by some form of public transportation.


  9. "Lots of change, lots of opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Boston Globe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Motivated, passionate leadership from the sales and advertising wing. Huge changes on the sales team have occurred but the new people are energized and competitive

    Cons

    Still ironing some things out. Management are great leaders but some have a lot to learn about media. Also seems to be some instability for older/long time employees as the globe works on re-inventing itself

    Advice to Management

    Listen and learn and stay excited


  10. Helpful (3)

    "It was so bad that I left!"

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

    Pros

    They pay their engineering team a competitive salary, but the complexity and challenging nature of the work completed could be completed by someone worth 50% of their competitive salary rate. So don't expect anything challenging.

    Cons

    As others have mentioned, I left because it was so bad. If you're in a web / engineering / tech role, avoid this company at all costs, unless you risk going homeless and can't find anything else. I'm taking this place off my resume, too. I've had nothing good to say about them.

    It's no secret the company is failing, so job security is zero.

    Management is delusional beyond belief and won't admit they don't know what they are doing. They have constant layoffs and buyouts, so obviously the company is doing something wrong, but the SAME managers are still there after several years of failure.

    The web teams in particular believe they are reinventing the media industry when what they are doing is spinning up WordPress blogs. All the websites are a mess with bloatware ads, and nobody knows what they are doing and are not willing to admit things are bad.

    Micro-management from top to bottom with unqualified, non-technical project managers running engineering teams and trying to do an Agile/Scrum process that is really micromanagement. They constantly ask you for updates on your work and dictate what technologies you should use and how you should do it. Also, you'll end up having 5 different managers you need to report to.

    As another person mentioned, my team, too, was toxic beyond belief with a manipulative project manager that over-complicated simple tasks with micromanagement.

    With the tight budget, management is willing to back stab their underlings if it means keeping their jobs.

    Company lures you in with salary bonuses, but you get nothing in the end because the company's financials are horrible.

    No formal HR tracking software. You have to e-mail an HR person when you want to take a vacation or sick day.

    Horrible IT security practices. They email your passwords in plain text, and everybody gets the same password on the first day, and you cannot change it unless you call IT.

    $2,700 healthcare deductible with fuzzy prescription coverage.

    Weird culture clash. You have old school project managers who love micromanagement, but then, in the Slack channels, you have unprofessional young employees who post Giphy memes and make jokes involving private parts.

    I hear they are moving to the financial district and selling the old building. The funds from the sale of the old building can only last so long to keep up with the lease of the new building. It'll be interesting to see how long this company lasts before it dwindles into ashes!

    I wish I had read my own review before I had joined the company! I would not have joined at all!

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting energy into crappy features that make no money and that nobody cares about.

    Fire all the managers that have been there for too long and have survived layoffs and buyouts yet won't take any blame for the failing direction of the company.

    Get rid of the micro-management and trust the engineers.


  11. "freelance food writer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    well respected newspaper with national and local audience

    Cons

    newspapers do not pay much



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