Media General Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Good the bad and the ugly

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Tampa, FL (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is ok, and they have air conditioning inside.

    Cons

    In sales you will be surrounded by snakes, more everyone will smile in your face and then bite you in the ass if you let your guard down. Also It is one of the places that when you start and a assistant then you will stay as one. The only way to move around to something new here is to leave.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Locked in the movie "ground hog day"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Spartanburg, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Spartanburg, SC (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Health insurance, that's about it!

    Cons

    Companies lack of desire to move forward with the 21st century. Inability to have freedom to be creative with ads as client desires

  3. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    okay to work there

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, flexible schedules

    Cons

    not personal, not understanding, not caring

  6. Helpful (4)

    A company in decline ... retrenching and holding fast to outdated business models

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    Former Employee - Online Editor in Tampa, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Online Editor in Tampa, FL (US)

    I worked at Media General full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive in the market

    Cons

    Playing a losing game in today's media marketplace

    Advice to Management

    There is more to news delivery than the paper that lands in the driveway and the news you put on TV based on your schedule ... get with the times

  7. Helpful (4)

    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (4)

    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!

  9. Brief but fun!

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    Former Contractor - Web Developer in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Former Contractor - Web Developer in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I worked at Media General as a contractor (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked briefly at a Media General station that was piloting hyperlocal social media. At the time, it was a very exciting and dynamic environment. There were a lot of talented and bright people that were very dedicated to this innovative project.

    Cons

    Media General corporate seemed very disconnected from individual properties (stations/papers) and thus seemed out of touch with what was and wasn't working with each one. Very strict IT policies on what can be installed makes it difficult to set up an effective web development enviroment.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Sad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Don'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 Management

    There 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.

  11. Helpful (4)

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

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 Management

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

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