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Updated Jul 21, 2014

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2.6 55 reviews

17% Approve of the CEO

Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton

Marshall N. Morton

(36 ratings)

24% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay and benefits, flexible schedules(in 3 reviews)

  • Everyone works hard to meet the common goal of a meaningful daily newspaper(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Crying out to upper management for help produced no results(in 3 reviews)

  • Still a newspaper, old school mindset to doing business that has been dead for at least 15 years(in 5 reviews)

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    Man Overboard

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Richmond, VA (US)

    ProsThe job was interesting, varied and informative. My colleagues were the company's best asset. Everyone works hard to meet the common goal of a meaningful daily newspaper.

    ConsSadly, no one is buying newspapers anymore so there is a sense of futility in the newsroom. Waves of layoffs have sunk morale to a level of hopelessness. Management lays off productive, dedicated, long term employees like they were old news. Management doesn't have a clue how to save the newspsper so they lay off workers to boost the bottom line rather than cut the high paid decision-makers. As a result the newspaper suffers because there aren't enough people to produce meaningful content. Management is cold and clueless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReassess your approach to keeping the newspaper a viable product. Rehire some of the seasoned journalists you've laid off and reduce the number of highly paid upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Shambles!

    Inside Sales Account Executive (Former Employee) Richmond, VA (US)

    ProsThere are a few good mid-level managers left, who somehow survived the lay-offs, and these managers are great to work for and have defended front-line workers as best they could.

    ConsMassive waves of lay-offs have contributed to a cynical, dog-eat-dog culture. The pay is terrible and worsening. And management seems to be unable to cope gracefully with the Richmond Times-Dispatch's dwindling relevance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConcentrate on creating more niche market and hyper-local publications, online or print. Also, a restructuring of the entire classified advertising section is needed. Perhaps more free ads for advertisers are needed -- or something like the first X amount of lines are free, etc. It just seems pointless to pay for classified ads these days.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience was very good.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tampa, FL (US)

    ProsColleagues are wonderful, interesting people. Working in same building with TV station WFLA and website TBO.com provides good multimedia experience. Building is in nice location downtown with picture windows overlooking the Hillsborough River.

    ConsAtmosphere a little depressing due to state of newspapers, shrinkage in newsroom staffing and news hole and continued threat of layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is probably doing everything it can in a difficult situation. It could perhaps do more to let employees know how much they are appreciated.

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    Good people but company is in rough waters

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Richmond, VA (US)

    ProsThe people there are great and the atmosphere is relaxed. They are going through cutbacks. For someone lacking job experience and not looking for top dollar they are a good opportunity to build your resume.

    ConsMG is a media company in a bad economy and there have been many cutbacks. In the second half of 2011 they mandated 15 furlough days.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've been giving yourself raises while the company is going down the tubes. What does that do for morale? I bet you could find a better CEO for less than half the money. Evaluate the products that Digital Media is turning out.

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    Good place to learn and grow

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tampa, FL (US)

    ProsLhigh number of assets to be competitive in the market

    ConsToo many initiatives and constant change. There is not opportunity to see if the current path is successful before more change is implemented.

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    In four years I learned that Media General will not get past their news paper mentality.

    Central Broadcast Controller (Former Employee) Columbus, OH (US)

    ProsThey are spread out nicely around the south eastern united states. They have some nice perks for working in media and have lots of way to help other people.

    ConsThey have tons of debt, tons of news papers, and no plan on how to make money. Their is little growth and constant threat of lay offs and furloughs. Internal transfers are never followed up on and would rather hire local less qualified people then keep current people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need a clear plan forward and stop asking employees for ideas or their money.

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    It has been a learning experience.

    A/R & CREDIT MANAGER (Current Employee) Richmond, VA (US)

    ProsThey have management that are very good and communicate with their employees.

    ConsThe media industry is having a hard time and they have had to lay-off people recently.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice to see MG look at each business unit individually and make decisions based on their profitability.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learned a lot, gained more expereince and responsiblity but lost money.

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Richmond, VA (US)

    ProsMake your own schedule. You can relocate pretty easily.

    ConsCommission only, lack or management skills

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk questions spend a day with thestaff before you implement new plicies new technology new ways of doing things. You know common sense!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very unfulfilling

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAt one time MG was a progressive company but has now lost it's way.

    ConsMedia General is struggling financially because of the heavy debt load and the down turn in the newspaper industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementComplete review of how the company has been divided, especially the newspaper division. It is not working.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    GREAT they really care

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Roanoke, VA (US)

    ProsYou get gifts, sick days and a lot of vacation days. very laid back

    ConsThe board that controls the company is not the best.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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