New York Times Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 24 August 2014
Updated 24 August 2014
138 Reviews

3.2
138 Reviews
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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.  

    Solid Brand

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    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
  2.  

    Safe but Stultifying Workplace

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    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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Company reputation
    Networking opportunities
    Training/education opportunities
    Flexible work schedule (depending on the department)

    Cons

    Power struggles between departments
    Finger pointing when something goes wrong
    Conflict in management styles within departments
    Only give feedback during annual reviews
    No clear roadmap for projects or prioritization everything is top priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear road map for future projects and show how they tie into important current projects. Give real prioritization guidance and timelines. Open real channels of communication, not just annual reviews. Give people a chance to improve performance. Don't treat high performers like the average or below average employees! Acknowledge great work when it's done.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Quality & Integrity

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    NYT hires the best of the best so you will always be working around very smart, dedicated and talented individuals.
    Even though the cafeteria is expensive, it has many great food/drink options and a fantastic view of NYC. There is also a separate full coffee bar!

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are limited. Upper management are not fully invested in the success of their individual employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a corporate structure where individuals work together towards a common goal. When there is success reward employees with recognition and new opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    If (print) media is your passion, the Times is the place to be.

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    Current Employee - Mailer  in  Flushing, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Mailer in Flushing, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Depending on the the department be prepared for a high pressure environment due to deadlines. There are opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    The newspaper industry is struggling, but the Times is one of the few papers that are profitable. Much will depend on Its (already behind the curve) transition into the digital age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Baby boomers are the last bastion of print media, the base readership is rapidly dwindling. The Times should be leading the industry into the twenty-first century not bumbling its way through.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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