Metroland Media Group Employee Reviews about "3 weeks vacation"

Updated 5 Feb 2019

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Metroland Media Group President Ian Oliver
Ian Oliver
68 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and clients to work with(in 10 reviews)

  • "Friendly people for the most part, 3 weeks vacation to start (which now appears to be the standard anyway)(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "sent work outside which caused quality to go down, low pay, no chance for real advancement(in 12 reviews)

  • "Newspapers and commercial printing is not a growing business in our new digital world(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "No worthy experience gained."

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Recieved an extra two 'paid' days off. Had two really good co workers Typically 9-5 and it's rare if you need to stay late. 3 weeks vacation. Read the cons for more information on that. Editorial work is changing for the better.

    Cons

    Print advertising is dying. They refuse to accept it. The dailies are hemorrhaging money while under-cutting the community papers. The digital products that they offer are 5 years behind what the rest of the advertising industry is doing. In some markets, Metroland has more than 3 of its own companies fighting for the same client. The only way to be successful and make money is to wait for your older co-workers to quit so you can recieve some of their account list. They expects loyalty from their largest and most loyal clients but only continue to increase their rates without any real value being added. Every 6 months there are VDP to get people to leave. Vacation pay is only salary. You would need to get all your work done before you you take the time off. You need to have a backup person to do any additional work. Moral is incredibly low. Everyone can see where the company is headed but are too comfortable to actually look for another job. For the artwork of the ad, they have out-sourced a company out in India. There is a 12 hour turn around. A lot of the time the person working on the artwork doesn't understand or doesn't follow the instructions. Turnover is super high. Management aren't leaders, they rule with an iron fist. There isn't any room for any creativity or to make suggestions. This will only put a target on your back. There isn't a lot of money to be made here. Very few will actually make more that $60k a year. Local businesses do not like the company and refuse to talk to us. It's very sad to see what will happen to most of the people who work there that are expecting to retire with the company. LEAVE WHILE YOU CAN. The company had a chance to succeed but they didn't adapt to the times. They really hoped that the internet was just a fad that would disappear and never actually invested in anything until it's too late. Metroland makes the weirdest cuts to help save money. No Christmas parties, no work events, nothing that would help moral. It's very easy to find out how much the people at the top make. They have only reduced their bonuses. The only experience that I have gained is how to cold call. Metroland is known for their boiler room sales tactics and other companies try and poach employees on that basis and not for any meaningful expertise. There's so much more. Just stay away from this dying company and the print industry.

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  2. "Supervisor"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Mississauga, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team to work with, really good benefits compared to other companies. 3 weeks vacation from the start

    Cons

    Newspaper industry is struggling, constant restructuring of the organization. Company needs to invest in more digital and social media content

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  3. Helpful (6)

    "Sales"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Sales in Halton Hills, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Friendly people for the most part, 3 weeks vacation to start (which now appears to be the standard anyway)

    Cons

    Hm, where to start? If you'd like to work for a company that is governed by stakeholders who literally care about nothing other than a healthy bottom line, then this is the place for you. They would put an entire division through the professional equivalent of hell on earth just to be able to show a 1% increase in that quarter. Very short term thinking, always lacking vision for future direction and potential risks. They partnered with a 3rd party company called NRS - want to know what it's like receiving a root canal and a colonoscopy at the same time? Well that's what it's like working with NRS. They make you feel as though you're working in a slave camp. Think I am exaggerating? Ask the current employees who are still suffering through this craziness.

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    "Digital Sales Account Manager"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Digital Sales in Hamilton, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Metroland Media Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers are amazing people The initial training for the position is AMAZING, best I have ever seen in a company (Only element to the company that is positive 3 weeks vacation to start Benefits are OK...

    Cons

    Its a sinking ship!!! They can't hold on to employee's longer then 6 months. Print sales are tanking fast and hard and the company has NO idea how to salvage the business. They pit Print Reps against Digital Reps and Print will win the business and account every time. Not only is their internal issues with Print Reps vs. Digital Reps but they will allow this type of office politics nonsense in front of clients! They leave it up to clients to chose and be placed in unprofessional position to chose....Looks so bad on Metorland that they allow this to take place. I have had over 10 huge opportunities taken away from me because a print rep. The pay you 26K salary which works out to $12.50 and hour....and for $12.50 and hour expect you to work like a dog. They do not supply the tools for the position either. You have to use your own phone and data... Car Allowance is below industry standard as well. When I interviewed for the position I asked if I was getting a portfolio of business and they said yes I would. That to this day has not happened. It is IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE A LIVING on $12.50 and hour and attaining pure new business. No one in the company has ever lasted over a year as a new business rep. I was promised a lot when I took this position and nothing has been delivered. It is one of the most poorly run companies I have ever worked for and it is the MOST unprofessional company I have ever seen run. I still don't know how it is to be honest. I do not suggest to anyone wasting your time with this company....your going no where fast!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Advertising Sales"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Mississauga, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation, decent benefits plan Work with good & friendly people, and interesting clients

    Cons

    Company is cutting back and contracting in every facet of the business, and the products and service suffer as a result. A lot of pressure if put on sales staff to continue to grow revenue, while at the same time management cuts the reps' resources as each month passes. Upper management has very dated mentality and approach. Instead of being innovative and creative in generating new revenue streams, much of the same old is forced on the customers. Employees are nickled and dimed in some circumstances. Auto allowance has not been increased since the stone age in spite of huge changes in inflation, cost of living and gas prices. Massive distribution issues make for a very hard sell to customers, as this is what drives the core product.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Sinking Ship ... move on"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Metroland Media Group for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Weekly pay, 3 weeks vacation to start, decent benefits plan and plenty of good people.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, short-term thinking, focused ONLY on bottom-line and nothing else. Long-term outlook for this primarily print-based media company is not good so don't waste your time. You can do better.

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    "Digital Sales Consultant"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Metroland Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Good pay. 3 weeks vacation to start.

    Cons

    Poor quality managers. Lack of vision. Horrible culture of deceit and political backstabbing. Middle management provides obstacles to success.

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