Cox Media Group Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 3 Aug 2019

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Cox Media Group President Kim Guthrie
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  • "Editorial is tied to the computer screen and it's nearly impossible to socialize or get visibility from upper management(in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great stepping stone but well below market value and you’ll feel “used”"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various Roles in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cool experiences Great people Great culture Benefits are really great

    Cons

    Combines multiple roles and doesn’t pay what the effort is worth. They’ll leave you in this career purgatory for as long as they can manage. Management says they are transparent but it’s a facade. If you are looking to move up you will just assume more responsibilities and less work/life balance with no significant pay increase. Take the experience from here, which is only applicable to radio anyways, and take it elsewhere. They lose a lot of great talented people because of these cons. Upper management and corporate is very cliche-y and they only reach out and seem helpful when they need something from you.

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    Cox Media Group Response

    August 22, 2019

    Hi, thanks for your review. We are disappointed to hear that your experience with us did not met your expectations. We are fortunate to have brilliant employees join us and we value each one with opportunities for career growth, flexible time off, and a host of other benefits. We appreciate the feedback you’ve shared here and will share it with our leadership team. We wish you the best in your future career endeavors.

  2. Helpful (2)

    "No growth"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits for a media company. My direct manager is an advocate for her employees and does what she can within the confines of workplace politics.

    Cons

    Uncertainty within my specific team as merger is underway. Treated as cog in the wheel. As media moves more and more to video, editorial is continually diminished and prioritized lower than those involved in video. Usual office politics. Editorial is tied to the computer screen and it's nearly impossible to socialize or get visibility from upper management.

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    Cox Media Group Response

    June 21, 2019

    Thank you for your feedback. At Cox Media Group, we put our people first and value the feedback you've shared with us. We truly believe we have some of the best talent in the industry and take great pride in developing our people. If you are interested in growing in your career or expanding your skill sets, we encourage you to have a conversation with your manager and/or People Solutions representative. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to CMG and look forward to discussing more with you when you're ready.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good if you know how to play ball, bad things on the horizon"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Higher than average industry salary (if they like you and you push for it) lower than average if you don't speak up. Diverse colleagues. Ability to travel. Flexible expense account. Unique experiences if you push for them. Good benefits. Strong company culture exhibited by SOME senior management.

    Cons

    Higher than average industry salary (if they like you and you push for it) lower than average if you don't speak up. Lack of consistency and transparency in reporting structure. Lack of consistency in how much trust and attention was given and expected from upper management. An overall company attitude of "playing it safe." Hard to acquire outside impact talent.

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    Cox Media Group Response

    May 4, 2018

    Thank you for your candid feedback. We do have a “Cox way” of doing things, and that includes treating people with respect and always doing the right thing. As well, we have a history of strong career growth and longevity within the company, and we’re sorry you didn’t get a chance to experience that with us. We thank you for your review and wish you the best in your future career path.

  4. "CMG"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I like the fact that they offer a pension and matching 401k. The insurance is good and the income I earn allows me to be the sole provider for my family of 5.

    Cons

    We tend to have meetings just for the sake of having meetings. Also, upper management claims to have an open door policy, but, they don't.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Deplorable place to work."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group

    Pros

    As of recently after 60 days you get 2 work from home days. Great work/life balance with flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Leadership is a complete joke. As of January 2016 the Cox Media Group implemented a new structure to corporate recruiting which would be to emulate a staffing model in Talent Acquisition. In this model you no longer have full life cycle recruiting, it is stacked: A sourcing team, a candidate managing team and a Requisition Delivery team. It sounds good in theory but the system was not broken to begin with; data from the previous year showed we closed requisitions faster without this new model which has proven to take more time to fill position because of all the people involved with handling one person. There is a strong lack of diversity in upper management and ETL memebers, VP, etc are leaving pretty quickly. As of recently they hired new managers with zero management skills to lead a team, for example: The new outbound pipeline manager with zero-osbourne management experience and her marr-coworker over candidate management. I do not recommend Cox as a place to work. It is highly unstable at this time, they do treat contractors differently from FTE, and there is no diversity.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "The good, the bad and the ugly"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Media Group

    Pros

    This is the #1 media company in the Dayton market. Casual work environment. Good benefits package with a pension that you are vested in after 5 years. Flexible work options available to most employees...work from home, flex time, etc.

    Cons

    The company says that they care about their employees; however, this is not the case. The company is downsizing a lot of departments and handling it extremely poorly. Employees are told that their department is being eliminated but given no other information for over a month. Questions are not answered, even in meetings specifically scheduled to answer questions about the downsize. The HR rep was unable to answer very basic severance questions. Was also very unimpressed with the ability to move up within the company. Applied for several promotions; many of which I was over qualified for, only to be turned down. Was never given feedback as to why I didn't get the job; even though I asked for it. Overall, I would not recommend anyone work here. The upper management is very out of touch with how to not only run the company but also how to truly value their employees. They are treated as commodities or liabilities, not people with children, mortgage payments, etc.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Don't bother"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Most of the employees are excellent to work with

    Cons

    Management is a sham. VP's and Upper Management care more about making their year end bonus than they do about their employees. Raises are minimal, 1-2% per year if you are lucky. A particular VP would have her "favorites" and the rest of the staff was treated poorly. As downsizing occurred, employees were expected to do the job of 3-4 people without being given any renumeration.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Nice place to work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Cox has great benefits. They are one of the fw companies that still have a pension as well as 401K.

    Cons

    Layoffs happen every few months. Upper management is heavy and they get rid of the people who actually do the work resulting in over worked employees and no work life balance.

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunction"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cox Media Group full-time

    Pros

    - Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Have never before experienced a more hostile work environment. Management completely untrustworthy and uncaring; morale a constant low. Witnessed bullying and inappropriate behavior on a daily basis, complaints to management and human resources ignored, and the problem persists. Work/life balance non-existent, a problem upper management is aware of, yet they offer no solutions. You're better off at another TV station, no amount of money is worth dealing with such a toxic workplace.

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  10. Helpful (12)

    "Myopic leadership steering the company in the wrong direction"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cox Media Group

    Pros

    CMG has excellent benefits as part of the Cox family of companies, and the backing of the corporate behemoth suggests that the company can weather whatever befalls the media industries as a whole and will tend to support its employees through whatever transitions may come.

    Cons

    Contrary to what another reviewer stated as "bloat" in the technology division, CMG's technology department suffers from myopic leadership, where the primary driver for technology solutions is "whatever the media division wants" at any given time. The "mediocre digital products" from the technology department are a direct result of these variate desires designed by committee. Software development processes are being driven from a product management organization that's far more concerned with the status quo than producing working software. While the corporation as a whole attempts to promote diversity in the workplace, technology's upper management has eliminated many of the diverse leaders in the organization, and the roster of leadership now reads like your average Silicon Valley board.

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