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  1. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at The New York Observer (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Got to write original content

    Cons

    Mainly was asked to compile aggregated pieces


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A Negative Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The New York Observer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They had a fairly hands off approach to work, so you were given your space. It's located in a nice part of town.

    Cons

    The CEO is a jerk (Not Jared Kushner, though. I'm talking about Joseph Meyer). This is a man who had fired the controller on the grounds that they didn't get along, and could not cite anything negative in his actual performance. This is a man who I watched fire an employee of 20+ years, and was moving his stuff in within the hour. Of course this is a week after asking him if he could keep a bookshelf in his office. This is a man who beat his chest and said "I am the C-E-O," and then gave the classic "I'm a nice guy" routine. This is also a man who is the brother in law of the owner of the newspaper.
    Promotions? None. Advancement? None. Work environment? Terrible. Were all employees given invitations to the company's 25th anniversary gala? Of course not.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being terrible.


  3. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, hands on, extremely friendly staff, creative leeway

    Cons

    Unorganized and no communication between editorial and design and photo dept


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  5. "Good starting career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Research in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Market Research in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, opportunities to establish your network, a lot to learn, a good workplace for recent graduates

    Cons

    Big internal changes, slow work pace, not much room to grow

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep senior management stable


  6. "Good place to get your foot in New York"

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Politician and people in positions respect the paper and respect you for being a member of its team. They will return your calls and you'll be able to use the opportunity to advance your career outside of the organization.

    Cons

    The company is heavily cash strapped and cannot adequately compensate for the expense of being a reporter.

    Advice to Management

    Very hard to say.


  7. "Awesome Place To Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Helpful staff
    Treated like a colleague, not an underling
    Monthly sessions with experienced journalists to learn new skills
    Given lots of opportunities to pitch and the independence to cover stories

    Cons

    Not a lot of oversight; it's easy to spend the internship sitting there doing nothing if you're not a go getter
    No pay, just college credit
    Not a lot of opportunities post-internship

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if, instead of constantly cutting the editorial staff, they were to use their pool of interns -- most of whom are seniors -- as a means to hire talent. They need to develop and increase their editorial staff instead of over-working their writers.


  8. "Very poor editorial leadership, which shows little regard for professionalism, journalism and ethics"

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

    I worked at The New York Observer full-time

    Pros

    Some hard-working, talented young writers (who deserve a better place of work)

    Cons

    The editorial leadership is blatantly lazy, sexist, unethical and politically and personally biased. Major pieces (often by unqualified freelancers) are published with little to no real vetting and minimal editing. Intentions for such pieces are often personal or political, in the interest of management and related parties. Personal and gender-based favoritism is obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Take a crash course in journalism, particular in regards to ethics and standards, and keep personal/political agendas, sexism and favoritism in check.


  9. "I am responsible for managing their Instagram account."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice working space, interesting works

    Cons

    Not learned a lot


  10. "Ok place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Really great place to be creative and grow your career. There's also a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some salespeople are not versed on digital and insist on selling it like a print product. Processes were rarely followed.


  11. "intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome office, great experience in a fast paced work environment, incredible networking opportunities, great staff, great location, employes are wonderful. Overall positive experience.

    Cons

    No Cons, great entry level experience.

    Advice to Management

    none


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