Media General Reviews

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

    Bait and switch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    Good ratings in the industry, fair benefits

    Cons

    They have a great "pitch" to get you on board. Beware of the details they don't share. Be sure to ask how many people are there this year versus last year. Management style is from the '50's. The "boys club" reigns and double standard is rampant: men vs women. The exception is the female senior manager that has even the rank and file quaking in their boots; just because she can. They have absolutely no sense of customer service either. Digital journalists are hired and fired with not even 90 days to prove themselves. They do not have a progressive disciplinary policy; no warnings, just " they are gone" with little or no reason.
    Absolutely without doubt, the most inefficient, poorly managed operation I have ever encountered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't begin to give advice. My advice to applicants regardless of job function is look elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still too many self-interested middle managers counting till retirement. Incapable managers remain.

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    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Media General part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to learn for a short time, work on your skills and try to numb yourself to inevitable M.T. Suits which remain after new owners.

    Cons

    Company has such a history of mismanagement and indifference to employees that any manager with 10+ years would have to be removed and that isn't likely. Not a single word from any company rep or source could be trusted. Every encounter with management forced one into a defensive position -management very confrontational. Exhausting micro-management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Until old management has reached their retirement or been ousted, little positive change can occur unless forced upon them by new owners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst place I ever worked, bar none!

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Columbus, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Columbus, GA (US)

    I worked at Media General full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Knowledgeable and helpful co-workers who cared about the product. The product was a great one to sell. The compensation was very reasonable.

    Cons

    Managers are inept as it gets. Good ole boy system alive and well in their linen suits. Upper management is absolutely clueless. Middle management is just trying to hang onto their jobs. While I was there, middle managers were partying with reps and handing accounts out to the girls they partied with. Upper management was receiving reports of Peyton Place and they would shoot the messenger. The place was so bad they bought a traffic system that was virtually unusable. No body bothered to check it out before this huge corporate purchase? Thousands upon Thousands of dollars lost in advertiser dollars because they could not figure the system out. Departments were not allowed to talk to other departments unless they went through Department heads. If this company makes it through the decade, color me surprised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Already given and rejected. They prefer to ride this wagon till the wheels fall off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't go down with a sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Product at one time was great. Nice people to work with. could have been a lifelong career.

    Cons

    Management has no clue about changing times, the paper is not what it use to be.. They sit there and say we are the trib and advertisers need us. This company for years has been reactives as opposed to proactive. Through mismanagement from the top all the way down to the local sales managers has given the St. Pete Times the opportunity to take over the Tampa Bay market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for new jobs because It's too late. This company will be shut down and the building and land will be sold. You handed over the market to the Times, hope you enjoye!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company going to the pits

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive  in  Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Richmond, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Some nice folks who genuinely know the business and really works hard.

    Cons

    Good ol' Boys and Girls club. All taking care of each other until they retire in the next 5 to 10 years. No reason to take chances or innovate.

    Board is completely useless.

    The person who runs the Columbus station is a big loser and everyone in corporate wonders why he doesn't get fired. CEO is a loser, has no vision or backbone. Incoming CEO has no experience and is a genuine prick. The company has no future and they know it. It looks like they are getting ready to sell off the rest of the business in the near future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stopping fooling yourselves. You have no innovation in your blood.

    Stop lying to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaging and herds of middle managers impede work

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    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
  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at Media General

    Pros

    Make your own schedule. You can relocate pretty easily.

    Cons

    Commission only, lack or management skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very unfulfilling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete review of how the company has been divided, especially the newspaper division. It is not working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    They will cut you off at he knees.

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Richmond, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in Richmond, VA (US)

    I have been working at Media General

    Pros

    If you are just starting out in your career, you should work here because you will get some decent experience.

    Cons

    Senior management decided to put all the sales people on straight commission. This would not be such a big deal except for the fact that the sales department is so disorganized. They hire whole departments and then decided to get rid of everyone in 6 months. There is no training and the managers are always changing their mind about what to focus on. Almost everyone in sales is looking for a job some place else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales people pay your salary start treating us with a little respect and dignity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Blind leading the blind

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

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    If you get in the right department low level "old timers" will try and take you under their wing and train you.

    Cons

    Worked 80+ hour weeks for the pay of 40 hour weeks.
    Had to take a furlough pay reduction but still had to work on the days I was supposed to be off for it.
    Was told by the state circulation manager that I was not working hard or long enough even though I worked 10 to 12 hours a day 7 days a week to keep my district from collapsing.
    Anyone above the district manager level including state manager, metro manager, and vp of circulation does not know what it is really like in the field and will chew you out when they don't understand common situations.
    When I started I was promised training that was supposed to happen weekly, which ended up never happening after the second week.
    People are commonly laid off and their positions eliminated even when that person is needed to support others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective about the postions that are eliminated.
    Have senior management experience at least the lower level management positions before being hired from other areas where things are run differently.
    Stop chasing the experienced guys out especially those that are forced to retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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