New York Times Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 13 September 2014
Updated 13 September 2014
142 Reviews
3.2
142 Reviews
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Mark Thompson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee satisfaction is important, and a good work/life balance is provided (in 10 reviews)

  • Some genuinely smart people work here (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Expect to be responsible for your own career development (in 5 reviews)

  • Newspaper industry is struggling (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Famous news agency, but no clear future

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    Current Employee - News Photographer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - News Photographer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice pay, good location, famous

    Cons

    had to travel a lot

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Solid Brand

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The New York Times has a tremendous brand and some extremely intelligent people working for them. A large portion of the employees aren't just coworkers, but are actual friends outside of work.

    Cons

    A number of the employees in management roles have their own agenda and significantly limit the productivity of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great product, frustrating management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - News Assistant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - News Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Intellectually stimulating
    -Work with some of the smartest people in the business
    -Nice office
    -Respect that comes with the name

    Cons

    -Many, many bureaucratic layers
    -Cliquey approach to promotions - i.e. if you are not in the "in" crowd, talk to the "right" people, you will see little movement
    -Long hours and little benefits
    -Difficult to talk to management on a one on one level

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Exciting work, depressing prospects

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The one constant at the NYT is a commitment to top quality journalism. Smart, committed people who are devoted to putting out an incisive and important publication. Resources, though getting scarcer, are still adequate. Co-workers are ambitious (and often self-absorbed) but not cut-throat. So while it's not a touchy-feely, esprit de corps kind of place it is collegial and there is some shared sense of mission. Best of all: you feel like what you do actually makes a difference.

    Cons

    Demanding hours and diminishing compensation make it a tough to have a work/life balance. The NYT always expected newsroom employees to make sacrifices in terms of their personal lives because of the non-stop requirements of the news business. It was hard enough back in the days when the paper paid better than competitors.

    But as the newspaper business has gone through upheaval, and seen its financial fortunes sink, the demands have grown and the NYT has become less generous. Salaries are lower than a significant number of online news organizations. Pension benefits have been slashed. A large portion of health care costs have been shifted to employees. As a result, compensation is worse now than it was 20 years ago and - barring some breakthrough - will continue its steady decline in the years to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out that business model. Even though you've managed the industry's demise better than other newspapers (putting up a pay-wall was a financial success, albeit three years too late) much more needs to be done online to make up for the inexorable loss of print advertising revenue.

    The staff sincerely appreciates the way you've committed yourselves to quality journalism during the tough times. And we're grateful that you're attempting to figure out a sustainable long-term strategy, rather than simply budget cut your way to quarterly profits. But all the idealism and pep talks in the world don't pay the bills, so it's urgent that you bring in better top-level digital talent.

    In the meantime: better pay for staff and leaner bonuses for executives (that means you, Mark Thompson!!) would go a long way towards shoring up morale during these turbulent times.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Freelance copy writing, editing, rewrites for features

    Current Employee - Freelance Writer/Editor  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer/Editor in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at New York Times part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work -at -home office, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    There are no cons for my work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  7.  

    Safe but Stultifying Workplace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The level of talent of those around you is top-notch, whatever your department -- editorial, business, anything. And it's no small thing to work with people who are often risking their lives to report the news. While the benefits aren't great, full-time employees can work toward a pension, and there is a guild to protect labor interests. And though it varies depending on the job, most people have a favorable work-life balance.

    Cons

    The company makes no effort to invest in its employees' skills or careers, and provides no direction in terms of career advancement. In over four years working there, I have never received a performance review, or even had a conversation with my supervisor about my work and where I'd like to go at the company (except when I initiated the talk). It's almost as if management expects Times employees, being (mostly) reporters, to use their skills to figure all this out themselves. But that's no way to run a company, and as a result morale is horrible, while there is a sense -- fair or not -- that individual managers promote their friends and favorites over more deserving candidates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to start? Develop a committed, top-grade career-development staff. Create protocols for performance reviews and incentives. Make it easier for workers to move among departments -- these are smart people who can get easily bored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    account executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    none.....environment of employee vs management....can't win environment.....encourages employees to look to other companies for work

    Cons

    no cooperation from management..borderline slave labor conditions....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees as humans not whipping boys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacks organization

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    Current Employee - Advertising Production Representative  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Advertising Production Representative in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at New York Times part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company has an outstanding editorial department. The programs and affiliations are priceless. The perks are limited but the company has an excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    You report to several individuals, meaning you are not really sure who your boss is but you have a few of them. There are several tiers of management (managers, directors, executive, vice president, etc.). I've never seen an accurate organizational chart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company should reduce the tiers of management or figure out a better way to organize each department. The company is fragmented and it shows in the level of customer service. The employees are staggered and lack basic knowledge of the products they produce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great location & facilities but very bureaucratic culture

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    Former Employee - Freelance Graphic Web Designer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Freelance Graphic Web Designer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at New York Times as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Pays well. Great location & facilities.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic culture. Very political management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fast-paced hard work, good training, incredibly talented employees, extremely detailed work process.

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    Former Employee - Photo Editor  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Photo Editor in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at New York Times as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The exceptional work that is produced by everyone offers a serious journalist many opportunities to excel. Generally, staff are helpful and always offer to answer questions. With overtime, a freelancer can usually make enough to live.

    Cons

    The expectation is often to cover desks with little training. There is no discussion of one's future work probabilities, leaving one unemployed for weeks without warning. Freelancers are not communicated with very often or very thoroughly, making the job nerve-wracking. Typically, one must freelance 2 to 3 years before getting hired as a permanent full-time employee. In the meantime, there are no benefits, constant concern about how much work one may be offered for the next month and they rarely schedule beyond 2 weeks to a month in advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with freelancers, as the morale of your salaried employees depend on them being available to fill-in for vacations and emergencies. Give them feedback as to job performance and as to what they can expect for employment. Give them a reason to want to stay that goes beyond the excellent product that is created there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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