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Media General Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton
Marshall N. Morton
38 Ratings

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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  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. Rollercoaster Ride

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    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid compensation. Decent benefits. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Disruptive industry change made the time there stressful and uncertain at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Improve front-line communication. Keep rank and file in the loop and help them to feel valued.

  3. 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.

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  5. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Individual stations have an excellent work environment. Employees are all of good spirits

    Cons

    All about the bottom line.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Doesn't care about employees and treats them as expendable.

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    Current Employee - News Producer in Davenport, IA (US)
    Current Employee - News Producer in Davenport, IA (US)

    I have been working at Media General full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Own the top station in the market I live in.

    Cons

    Getting time off is next to impossible, the hours are ridiculous (not quantity, just the schedule), and management is not understanding in the least that employees have personal lives. Also, the pay is not good either.

    Advice to Management

    Show you employees that you care more by paying them a living wage, being fair, and treating them with more respect (even if this is their first job). Also understand that even though this is the news business, reporters/anchors/producers all do have family and friends.

  7. I have a pleasant opinion of Media General.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy working with my coworkers. I actually look forward to going to work. The work itself is not that stressful. My work site is in the South, amongst mild weather and low cost of living standards.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is shift stabilization. Weekly schedules are rarely stable; most department employees are expected to maintain flexiblity as we run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. But this is to be expected in this type of environment.

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay with more responsibility. Better healthcare benefit packages.

  8. My experie4nce at Media General was great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Media General full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you do what you are supposed to do for the most part they leave you alone & let you do your job

    Cons

    No cons. I really didn't have any problems while I was employed there

    Advice to Management

    Upper management was very approachable. Mr. Bryan seemed to be able to call everyone by name & I really appreciated that.

  9. Good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Sales in Tampa, FL (US)
    Former Contractor - Sales in Tampa, FL (US)

    I worked at Media General as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, Good people, forward thinking

    Cons

    print company, went thru some hard times,

  10. Overall good experience in an unstable field.

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    Former Employee - News and Content Producer in Myrtle Beach, SC (US)
    Former Employee - News and Content Producer in Myrtle Beach, SC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to grow and have new responsibilities
    Company is a well-known name in news field
    From what I remember, the benefits were decent

    Cons

    Furloughs and staff reductions (2008-2010)
    High-paid execs, but that seems to have been taken care of in the last couple of years
    It's not so much the company but the news field in general, overworked and underpaid employees

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and appreciate what the people at each station do to keep the company going. Many people work around-the-clock, on holidays, and vacation for this career ... and are rarely compensated adequately. A little extra money, time off, or a pat on the back helps a lot.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Not Employee-friendly

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Florence, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Reporter in Florence, SC (US)

    I worked 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

    There was room for creative license, a flexible schedule, relaxed newsroom environment

    Cons

    Low pay, no room for advancement, budget cuts that diminished the quality of the publication

    Advice to Management

    Needs to consider allowing more employee input and funnel more profits into employee compensation rather than the bigwigs in Richmond. Also, publications need to be laid out in community newsrooms rather than central locations where copy editors have no connection to the community paper.

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