Media General

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Media General Reviews

Updated 11 December 2014
Updated 11 December 2014
60 Reviews
2.9
60 Reviews
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Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton
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38 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Active TV news industry; Health Insurance Better than Average; Vacation Days; High (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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaging and herds of middle managers impede work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General part-time

    Pros

    Benefits are okay, not remarkable. It's a starting place: a place to grow skills, learn new software programs and the like.

    Cons

    Lurking supervisors, weak middle managers who have had their jobs forever. Notably outdated company culture and management trends. Little value is attributed to outstanding performers. Staff reductions of those who actually do the work are commonplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With new owners it is hoped that there will be a major improvement in managers and morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Epic Disappointment for ambitious sales minded professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Media General full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Coffee, exceptional hours, good parking, professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    Antiquated system and technology, poor management, lack of ingenuity. Takes two weeks to access reports. Too many chiefs, not enough indians. Far fetched expectations with out a firm foundation to work from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your minds and doors to new ideas and spend some time and money in IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA (US)

    I have been working at Media General

    Pros

    Support staff, Management who genuinely care about their employees, and growth potential in the digital medium.

    Cons

    Print industry is in trouble.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too Many Managers who manage nothing but their personal lives

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at Media General

    Pros

    Great Place to grow professionally. There are many benefits to working for #1 Newspaper, #1 TV station and #1 Local News Website.

    Cons

    With so many changes in 2011 managers and employees were left wondering if their job would exist in the next week. They recently laid off 165 employees a week before Christmas. If you have a great year and bring in revenue over your annual budget you will pay for it the following year. To save money and even the playing field your percentage paid will be scaled down. You must work twice as hard to make the same as the previous year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim middle management, empower and create incentives that motivate your employees, effectively combat regional competition, and invest in younger employees through management training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    company is struggling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer
    Current Employee - Producer

    I have been working at Media General

    Pros

    A good place to get experience

    Cons

    contsant layoffs and furloughs. Not many opportunites for advancement

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Man Overboard

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Sadly, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reassess 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Shambles!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    Massive 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 ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience was very good.

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

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    Colleagues 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

  10.  

    Good people but company is in rough waters

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

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    MG 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 ManagementAdvice

    You'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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to learn and grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL (US)

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    Lhigh number of assets to be competitive in the market

    Cons

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

    No opinion of CEO

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