Media General Reviews

Updated 21 April, 2015
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Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton
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  1. Business Manager

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    Current Employee - Business Manager
    Current Employee - Business Manager

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    they have so much going on that they don't notice a lot, so it's easy to slide under the radar

    Cons

    they are unstable and with the drop in their stock value, I was left up a creek wout a paddle

    Advice to Management

    start making your management communicate with non management employees so everyone has a chance to know what is going on within the company and station

  2. Helpful (1)

    Downward Spiral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    It was good for a while, even through the rough furlough days. Pay is alright but could be much better.

    Cons

    The top tier of management is disengaged and clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Move on and stop trying to burn this institution down. Richmond burned once and that's enough.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Bait and switch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

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

    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 Management

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

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. Helpful (4)

    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 (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

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

    Stop lying to your employees.

  9. Helpful (2)

    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

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

    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 Management

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

  10. 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

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

    Pros

    Make your own schedule. You can relocate pretty easily.

    Cons

    Commission only, lack or management skills

    Advice to Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Very unfulfilling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Media General

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

    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 Management

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

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