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The Virginian Pilot Reviews

Updated May 25, 2019

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Virginian Pilot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, excellent support team, great manager.

    Cons

    Not a lot of advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the challenges of the Sales Execs. Go out on calls with them.

    The Virginian Pilot2019-05-24
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Virginian Pilot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, people, talented team

    Cons

    some of the solos and processes need to be fixed

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They can help solve challenges.

    The Virginian Pilot2019-05-25
  3. "Great place to learn and grow as a reporter, but better communication is needed from leadership"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Virginian Pilot full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great team atmosphere - Editors who encourage you to have a healthy work/life balance - Editors are really good at explaining the changes they make to your work and why (lots of teachable moments)

    Cons

    - Communication issues (especially around the holidays) - Because some positions have disappeared, others are forced to take on the extra workload (some stuff just doesn't get done)

    Advice to Management

    - Communicate better with your team. Ex. Team leaders should let their reporters know who's going to be around and when. - Listen to your team members. If someone says things aren't getting done and you know that, don't just accept it. Find a solution or have a meeting with all involved parties to figure out how we can fix it.

    The Virginian Pilot2018-12-24

    The Virginian Pilot Response

    January 10, 2019Talent Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your service and feedback. Recognizing the need to evolve our approach to meet our goals of becoming a digital media company, our local newsrooms redefined their roles, responsibilities and organizational structure so that our colleagues are in the best position to create ...

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  4. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at The Virginian Pilot

    Pros

    Good people in the newsroom.

    Cons

    Management has no vision or direction.

    The Virginian Pilot2018-11-14
  5. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Virginian Pilot full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Each year the company laid off, eliminated or targeted employees to let go. You always felt you had a target on your back and this negatively impacted employee morale.

    The Virginian Pilot2018-11-12
  6. "Editor"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Virginian Pilot for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great history as an employer

    Cons

    Typical instability of print newspaper business

    The Virginian Pilot2018-10-11
  7. "Reporter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Virginian Pilot full-time

    Pros

    The newsroom staff is top-notch. There are Pulitzer Prize finalists in there, but you wouldn’t spot them because there really is a team atmosphere there.

    Cons

    The newspaper was for sale for many years and that put a cloud over the future there.

    The Virginian Pilot2018-07-15
  8. "Art Director"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at The Virginian Pilot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have the pleasure of being one of a handful of creatives attached to our Niche publication team. We have the opportunity to work on over 20+ publications varying in size, content and readership throughout the year. We partner with great photographers and writers across Virginia to produce the areas leading lifestyle, fashion, beer/spirits, bridal and business magazines. The Virginian-Pilot continues to strategize...

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    Cons

    We have a very lean staff with a great amount of responsibilities.

    The Virginian Pilot2018-07-03
  9. "Has the potential to be excellent"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Virginian Pilot full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A lot of extremely talented journalists. The editors prioritize high-quality journalism and let reporters decide what's important to cover. You won't be rewriting press releases or chasing clickbait stories. Most of the editors prioritize a healthy work-life balance, which is unusual for a newsroom.

    Cons

    I'd compare the newsroom to a ship with an outstanding crew but no captain. Leadership is seriously lacking and the newsroom has no clear direction for how to make the news organization profitable. A lot of the younger journalists have great ideas but it seems like the leadership doesn't actually want to listen to them. There are only a couple of decent editors left since so many have been laid off or vacancies haven't...

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in building a better website and try out-of-the-box story presentation tools. Hire some decent developers who can build graphics for online story telling. Many of your staff members don't feel like you are listening or actively working to find reliable financial streams that will stop the bleeding. This kills morale.

    The Virginian Pilot2018-01-23
  10. "Love this place!"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Virginian Pilot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, pay, & product offering!

    Cons

    So many opportunities...so little time! ; )

    The Virginian Pilot2017-12-19
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