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Updated Jul 21, 2014

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2.6 55 reviews

17% Approve of the CEO

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

Marshall N. Morton

(36 ratings)

26% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    3 people found this helpful  

    A company going to the pits

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

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

    ConsGood 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 Senior ManagementStopping fooling yourselves. You have no innovation in your blood.

    Stop lying to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Sad

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

    ProsMost coworkers make it a fun and enjoyable place to work.

    ConsDon't take a job as an inside sales rep. The call center is managed by people that will tell you what you want to hear at the interview, and then it's "their way or the highway" once you're hired. They micro-manage you to death. They use fear and intimidation to beat down the rank and file. If you have talent and can produce, you will ultimately be looking for another job once again. You can't even move to another department, as they will squash all attempts. Their egos will not allow you to get the better of them. At the interview, be sure to ask about the "Dialing for Donuts" room.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are too many people in supervisory positions that did not get to where they are through hard work and merit. Politics and the good old boy network are destroying your company. Do something before the Tampa Bay Times becomes the only paper in Tampa Bay. Listen to your employees at the lowest level. Don't rely on your managers to give you the real story.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Media General produces good journalism, but the company was not prepared for the digital age.

    Digital Media (Former Employee) Richmond, VA (US)

    ProsMedia General continues to be a good place to develop young talent among reporters and producers.

    ConsThere is no financial strategy for company web sites, so Media General depends on seasonal events like political campaigns and the Olympics as revenue generators.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease develop a digital strategy to take advantage of the growth opportunities that exist in that medium.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Bait and Switch

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

    ProsThe compensation is decent, the co workers are great, and they have excellent on the job training.

    ConsIt starts with the interview process for the Classified Department. The 2 managers that are in charge make you think that you will be treated like an adult professional. Then when you start they micromanage you to death. When you try to approach them about this they say it's our way or the highway. Not a professional way to handle your employees concerns. Combine that with the fact that if you do manage to stick it out you go nowhere in the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDump the mid level managers that have been in the same position for more than 10 years and bring in people that have a fresh perspective and some empathy for their workforce.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    It started good, got bad, then tripped down the rabbit hole to hit the awful bottom.

    Producer (Former Employee) Spartanburg, SC (US)

    ProsActive TV news industry; Health Insurance Better than Average; Vacation Days; High news numbers; Sold off Newspapers!

    ConsNo raises; Furloughs; No opportunity for Growth; No bonuses; Pay is not competitive with market; Mismanagement and lack of communication within departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new management. Not adaptable to changes in technology/ways of doing things. Still run on "old school" notion -- news flash, newspapers do not run the media industry anymore. Focus on things in specific markets. Utilize Social Media more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaging and herds of middle managers impede work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Epic Disappointment for ambitious sales minded professionals

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Richmond, VA (US)

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

    ConsAntiquated 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 Senior ManagementOpen your minds and doors to new ideas and spend some time and money in IT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people, good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Richmond, VA (US)

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

    ConsPrint industry is in trouble.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Too Many Managers who manage nothing but their personal lives

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    company is struggling

    Producer (Current Employee)

    ProsA good place to get experience

    Conscontsant layoffs and furloughs. Not many opportunites for advancement

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