KEY NOT FOUND: coverImgAlt
Logo

The Roanoke Times

Is this your company?

The Roanoke Times

Add a Review

The Roanoke Times Reviews

Updated Dec 1, 2020

To filter reviews, or .

Found 48 of over 50 reviews

2.0
23%
Recommend to a Friend
13%
Approve of CEO
The Roanoke Times CEO Joy Sylvester-Johnson (no image)
Joy Sylvester-Johnson
16 Ratings
Pros
  • "BH Media is a relatively new company that has grown very quickly(in 3 reviews)

  • "The success this newspaper is having in this market size is not common(in 3 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Advertising cannot keep employees there because of no raises demanding budgets(in 11 reviews)

  • "BH Media has got to be the worst owner ever(in 9 reviews)

  • More Pros and Cons
    Pros & Cons are excerpts from user reviews. They are not authored by Glassdoor.
    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Class B CDL Delivery Driver

      Jul 22, 2017 - Delivery Driver in Roanoke, VA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      People were fair, great to work for, paid well

      Cons

      Night time hour shift work

      Be the first to find this review helpful
    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Entry Level Opportunity for Management but Poor Co-Workers

      Dec 1, 2020 - District Manager in Roanoke, VA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Remote Schedule Flexibility Starting Pay for Entry Level

      Cons

      Co-Workers have poor attitudes Zone Management is Poor and have the worst attitudes

      Continue reading
      Be the first to find this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      TRT

      Jul 29, 2020 - Sales Support Specialist in Roanoke, VA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Enjoyed my coworkers Belief in company objectives

      Cons

      This paper is terribly managed, and the employee turnover rate is high due to dissatisfaction and lack of opportunities for advancement.

      Be the first to find this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Company Losing Ground

      Nov 13, 2019 - Regional Distribution Manager in Roanoke, VA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The co-workers I worked side-by-side with were great. Real team players and ready to give you a hand whatever time of the day.

      Cons

      Very, very, very long hours. It was expected that we get everything done before going home every day. It often meant 15+ hour days. Sometimes 7 days/week. The hard print newspaper is a declining field and therefore most people in my department worked long hours and were very unhappy.

      Continue reading
      Be the first to find this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Not the same company it once was

      Sep 20, 2019 - Advertising Manager 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      I can't really think of a pro

      Cons

      It's not the same company it once was. Upper management is completely clueless when it comes to knowing how to treat employees. They keep cutting jobs and piling on the employees that are left to carry the load.

      Be the first to find this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Worst job ever!

      Dec 28, 2018 - District Manager in Roanoke, VA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      None, the job was nothing but lies.

      Cons

      From the very outset there was nothing but lies. I applied for a District Manager's position in the Roanoke area. I was told the position was a desk job. However, I soon found myself being sent all over the region, expected to deliver news papers when the newspaper carriers didn't want to do their job. I found myself driving a thousand miles a week, burning out my vehicle. This was the worst job I've ever had.

      1 person found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Former Employee

      I worked for The Roanoke Times before and after they were acquired by BH Media

      Sep 25, 2015 -  in Roanoke, VA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The rank & file employees are an exceptional group of hard working, dedicated individuals who care about the community.

      Cons

      When the company was acquired by BH Media - in one of the first meetings- the employees were told that BH Media does not believe in cost of living or merit increases. ( Most of the employees had not had an increase in over 5 years. ) That was followed up by a large group of employees being laid off. The employees who were left had to take on more work and responsibility. Morale is at an all-time low. Most of the employees are desperately looking for a better opportunity elsewhere. Meanwhile, the publisher is spending lots of time and money on cosmetic improvements to the building - presumably to impress corporate. The attitude by upper management is everyone is expendable. If you are not happy, then leave - that is part of the BH Media cost savings philosophy. There is no loyalty or recognition of hard work and dedication. Why would anyone want to join this organization? Or stay if they had a choice? If you do decide to apply for the experience - make sure you negotiate a good salary up front, and don't plan an on staying more than a couple of years.

      Continue reading
      14 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Terrible place to work

      May 22, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Met alot of good people

      Cons

      No raises, management were clueless morons..

      Be the first to find this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Raises and cost of living increases have been banned at The Roanoke Times

      Oct 18, 2015 -  in Roanoke, VA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      It's a pretty good newspaper. The people who are left are friendly. Many have taken jobs elsewhere. Management usually will allow you to moonlight at a second job, so that you can afford your bills.

      Cons

      Morale is rotten because there is a permanent salary freeze. The owner, BH Media, has banned raises and cost of living increases (which are two different things). Executives from Omaha visited last year and were explicit about this. There is a bonus program that allows for tiny quarterly bonuses if the company makes it's numbers. But most quarters they don't. The bonus is not built into your base. That means that if you got the bonus in four straight quarters, you could never do better than that, ever, unless you won a promotion. This is because the parent company does not believe in any pay increases whatsoever. So each year your salary will decline a little bit due to inflation. The result is that new hires tend not to stay around too long. They leave for more money. This is the company's business model. They expect you to move on. That mean they won't invest much in training you.

      Continue reading
      5 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Most are looking to leave

      Aug 10, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Roanoke is a good area for newspapers so they will last longer than most but the new leadership is speeding up the process by cutting cost without a good plan and not investing in the people.

      Cons

      If BH Media would have given a small raise to all when they cut 30 jobs shortly after the purchase, they would not have employees running around town telling everyone they have not received a raise in 7 years. Employees are not dedicated because they are looking for a way out and get little support.

      Continue reading
      8 people found this review helpful
    Viewing 1 - 10 of 48 Reviews

    Popular Careers with The Roanoke Times Job Seekers

    JobsSalariesInterviews

    Work at The Roanoke Times? Share Your Experiences

    The Roanoke Times logo
    or