Media General Reviews

Updated 26 July 2015
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Media General President and CEO Vincent L. Sadusky
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Pros
  • good pay and benefits, flexible schedules (in 3 reviews)

  • Company is a well-known name in news field (in 4 reviews)

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

  • Furloughs and staff reductions (2008-2010) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Good environment.

    Cons

    Challenging on boarding process.Poor communication throughout the building.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better training system.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation package, some departments get to work from home.

    Cons

    There are a lot of layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts recently.

    Advice to Management

    Replace upper management with forward thinkers, hire sales people that actually sell.


  3. Helpful (1)

    informant for upper management

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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 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are on a par with other companies in this field. Grateful for anything. Some good people who invariably don't stay.

    Cons

    Constant micro-managing. Focus on recording insignificant 'errors' completely unaware of real quality of talent. Fear-mongering. Dated management whims.

    Advice to Management

    Management has never listened to anyone but yes-men and paid consultants.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Nice at first, then management changes locally and misses its mark

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers that were not in management

    Cons

    Management is more about quantity than quality of product for viewers/customers than employees ideals

    Advice to Management

    Care and listen to employees more


  6. Helpful (3)

    Run into the ground

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

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company was great for a long time (I worked there almost 15 years), up until Marshall Morton became CEO. True sense of family.

    Cons

    leadership totally lacked vision and ran the company into the ground. The company now (after merging with two other media companies in 2 years) is not the same. From what I hear from those still left there, the new leadership is all about squeezing as much profit as possible. No sense of caring about the employees at all.


  7. Hub Spiraling Out of Control

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

    I have been working at Media General full-time

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

    Pros

    Working with very talented people in their fields at the station level and hub level. Professionalism to the highest degree.

    Cons

    Unfortunately most of these talented people are overworked and overwhelmed. Also the lack of leadership is frustrating. Currently most employees feel set up for failure and unable to meet unrealistic expectations. Many are being poached by other companies, or simply leaving without any sort of fall back.

    Advice to Management

    Change in management is needed immediately. Also, not hiring to replace employees that have left, is crushing the current staff. When there's someone having a breakdown and crying on a weekly basis, there needs to be change.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great Job, Very Low Pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn the field, expand skill set, and explore all facets of the media industry. Management is generally very excited about pursuing new ideas and initiatives.

    Cons

    The pay is the lowest I've seen from any broadcast group. Even after the multiple mergers, employees in original Media General stations saw no up-tick in salaries. The MG stations become a training ground--employees come, build experience, then get poached by Hearst, Raycom, and others because they offer more reasonable salaries. With the increase in health care premiums, many workers are looking at secondary incomes outside of the stations, which hurts focus, morale, and on-air product. I would love to make a lifetime career out of working at my MG station, but there's no way I could afford it on such a low salary with only 2% increases each year.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously consider revisiting compensation minimums company-wide, not just for new employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    National Sales Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL (US)

    I worked at Media General full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a great deal during a heavy political cycle, had good managers to work with, good sales team and very good traffic person, GM at the time seemed to care about the station (last year of employment was before 2011 but Glassdoor won't let me change it).

    Cons

    Very low salary, tried to stay with company after station sale but blocked from doing so even though others were allowed, MG kept an employee who testified in a lawsuit against the station who would have been fired from most stations yet good people laid off, no place to move up without moving to another station

    Advice to Management

    Spend time in stations seeing how the average person works, don't keep bad people just because you're afraid of a lawsuit you would likely win anyway


  10. Helpful (1)

    Business Manager

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    Current Employee - Business Manager
    Current Employee - Business Manager

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    they have so much going on that they don't notice a lot, so it's easy to slide under the radar

    Cons

    they are unstable and with the drop in their stock value, I was left up a creek wout a paddle

    Advice to Management

    start making your management communicate with non management employees so everyone has a chance to know what is going on within the company and station


  11. Rollercoaster Ride

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

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid compensation. Decent benefits. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Disruptive industry change made the time there stressful and uncertain at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Improve front-line communication. Keep rank and file in the loop and help them to feel valued.



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