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Updated October 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anon
    Current Employee - Anon
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Village Voice full-time

    Pros

    Iconic brand. Great environment - laid back even though people work extremely hard. The majority of the staff is passionate about VV and it shows in their work. The editorial and business staff are all a wonderful group of people. The editor in chief is a fantastic storyteller and has an exciting vision for the brand. There is a new head of business and she has vast experience in newspapers and sales. Seems to be a great leader. It's an exciting time to see where & how the brand will continue to grow!
    Good perks - even the small ones such as unlimited snacks, coffee & beverages are appreciated by all of us.

    Cons

    none to list at moment

    Advice to Management

    Change is nerve wracking - inclusion is important. Keep the lines of communication open! Be fair in all negotiations.

    Jim Larkin is NOT the current CEO as listed below. Regarding a thumbs up or thumbs down for current CEO? I'd say overall, thumbs up!


  2. "Terrible management"

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

    I worked at Village Voice full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with! Coworkers all got along with each other.

    Cons

    Around 15 union employees were laid off because they needed to cut corners after horrendous spending throughout the years. Before they laid people off they didn't even know when their jobs were or how vital they were to the company. Stay away from this place as it will probably be gone in 6 months!!! No business plan and the management is clueless and everything is done sneakily behind closed doors. They do not value their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your employees, not yourselves.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Village Voice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great, dedicated employees. benefits are good even if you're not in the union.

    Cons

    Clueless, greedy, immature management (new CEO is Peter Barbey, btw)

    Upper levels have no idea what they're doing — just yes-men who haven't had jobs in publishing in years, and for obvious reasons. CEO and publisher actively, regularly interfere in editorial content. Could they have maybe considered putting people in charge who have ANY experience in weeklies, or even newspapers? Everyone else struggles under micromanagement and constant moving of goalposts. Just another billionaire who thinks he and his "let's make up a job for him" son were born on third and hit a triple — Barbey blames others when he can't make this paper profitable, and pretends like he has any interest in maintaining an iconic brand when all he wants is to be considered "cool" by the very culture he's diluting.

    Advice to Management

    If things stay the way they've been, I wouldn't be surprised if the paper is not around this time next year. Check into how many people have left in the last couple of years, it's the biggest red flag about the place. Who is actually driving this thing?


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to write, intelligent staff, never a dull moment

    Cons

    Things were bad before but now it's the blind leading the blind. Don't board the titanic.

    Advice to Management

    The pay rate is low even for industry.


  5. "Editor"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Editor in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Village Voice full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to write, intelligent staff, never a dull moment

    Cons

    long hours, 24 hour news cycle

    Advice to Management

    The pay rate is low even for industry.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some good people hidden in the muck

    Cons

    New ownership and leadership has no clue what they are doing. Things were bad before but now it's the blind leading the blind. Don't board the titanic.

    Advice to Management

    Educate yourself on how actually run a business and media company


  7. Helpful (2)

    "What happened to the Voice?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Village Voice full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with besides management.

    Cons

    The Voice should write an article about how corrupt this place is. Upper management takes and takes from its employees and never rewards them. Commissions cut for sales associates and people getting fired that were once praised. Everything is sneakily done. It is a depressing environment to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees. These are people with families to support.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Media Sales"

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Media Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Village Voice full-time

    Pros

    Base pay was okay. Benefits were good thanks to being part of a union.

    Cons

    Management micromanages in all the wrong ways. If your manager can't even sell the product, how are you supposed to be guided properly? "Training" is receiving a very large binder and then you have to hit the streets.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new sales manager who can actually sell your own product, someone who creates team unity so everyone is not fighting over good leads and creating a negative morale in the office.

    Create an opportunity for growth within the company so people feel like not just a number.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Advertising Director"

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

    Pros

    Good pay for management and good benefits, plenty of tickets to fun events, restaurant gift certificates, and other perks.

    Cons

    Crumbling industry, getting started as a new sales rep without being handed active accounts is virtually impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to keep new sales people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked, underpaid sales job"

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Village Voice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture can be fun, but borderline alcoholic.

    Cons

    You're expected to work at least 45 hours a week and you're commission based so it's hard to take s real vacation because you're always working to make enough money to pay your bills that month.


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