Media General
2.6 of 5 50 reviews
www.mediageneral.com Richmond, VA 5000+ Employees

Media General Reviews

Updated Mar 02, 2014

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

Marshall N. Morton

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24% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "good pay and benefits, flexible schedules"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Everyone works hard to meet the common goal of a meaningful daily newspaper"
    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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In four years I learned that Media General will not get past their news paper mentality.

Central Broadcast Controller (Former Employee)
Columbus, OH (US)

I worked at Media General

ProsThey are spread out nicely around the south eastern united states. They have some nice perks for working in media and have lots of way to help other people.

ConsThey have tons of debt, tons of news papers, and no plan on how to make money. Their is little growth and constant threat of lay offs and furloughs. Internal transfers are never followed up on and would rather hire local less qualified people then keep current people.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey need a clear plan forward and stop asking employees for ideas or their money.

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It has been a learning experience.

A/R & CREDIT MANAGER (Current Employee)
Richmond, VA (US)

I have been working at Media General

ProsThey have management that are very good and communicate with their employees.

ConsThe media industry is having a hard time and they have had to lay-off people recently.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice to see MG look at each business unit individually and make decisions based on their profitability.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

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

I have been working at Media General

ProsMake your own schedule. You can relocate pretty easily.

ConsCommission only, lack or management skills

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very unfulfilling

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Media General

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementComplete review of how the company has been divided, especially the newspaper division. It is not working.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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GREAT they really care

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

I have been working at Media General

ProsYou get gifts, sick days and a lot of vacation days. very laid back

ConsThe board that controls the company is not the best.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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sinking ship

Account Executive (Former Employee)

I worked at Media General

ProsThe best reason to work at Media General is meeting fellow coworkers who mistakingly took the same position you did thinking they might set the world on fire. The job also comes with a certain amount of freedom.

ConsLaughable pay, always on call (blackberry,) TV and newspaper media are dying - Media General too late to notice. Management arbitrarily hire from outside. No respect for older employees. Little vacation time.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit making up ridiculous positions to find friends a job. Realize TV and newspaper are the past.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Circulation

Circulation Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Media General

ProsHelping people in customer service. Good company benefits.

ConsWorking early morning hours at any day.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more positions so that the job is not so stressful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not a bad place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Charleston, SC (US)

I worked at Media General

Prosnice location
produced a good news product
great coworkers
new building in a great location
good communication from corp
pay was good

Consvery aggressive with contracts
advertising dependent, leads to job cuts in lean times
very newspaper focused
requiers lots of paperwork for reporting

Advice to Senior Managementi think management does a good job managing the company. The decline of newspaper circulation has really hurt the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Top leadership places no value on newsrooms

Interactive Content Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Media General

Pros- good people / coworkers
- good experience in the field
- ability to transfer to other properties within the chain

Cons- economy causes leadership to place low value on journalists and content
- rampant misogyny
- constantly changing goals prevent solid foundation for action

Advice to Senior ManagementCutting content won't win back readers or investors. You need to find a way to reach those you aren't reaching rather than self-mutilating the company to try to survive with a dying audience.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company & Management, but low wages.

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

I have been working at Media General

ProsCompany is still profitable.
Has money to reinvest
Depending on the division you work for there are lots of really smart and talented people working here.
Great Management team.
Lots of change

ConsDeclining business model
Low compensation
Very, very, very corporate. Think "Office Space".

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep hiring the good people, and start clearing out the dead wood in your local properties.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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