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New York Times Reviews in New York City, NY US

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.7 91 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

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Mark Thompson

(15 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Great location & facilities but very bureaucratic culture

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

    ProsPays well. Great location & facilities.

    ConsVery bureaucratic culture. Very political management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lacks organization

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

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

    ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Experience

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

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

    ConsPower 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 Senior ManagementProvide 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementCommunicate 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Quality & Integrity

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

    ProsNYT 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!

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Mailer (Current Employee) Flushing, NY (US)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementBaby 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Comfortable place, not a lot of room for growth.

    Paralegal (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsThey will pay for further schooling pertaining to your current position.

    ConsSalary is low and no bonuses.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Over 20 Years in business departments.

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

    Pros1. Feel you are contributing to an important public mission.
    2. Excellent about work life issues.
    3. Highly competent and dedicated staff
    4. Challenging work problems that can teach you a lot

    Cons1. Bumbling Management only getting worse. They have no business savvy at all
    2. Short term focus keeps company from getting things done
    3. Personnel decisions based on politics - no living personnel management system. Leading to "yes men"
    4. Many see company as being above other organizations.
    5. Lack of appreciation for business employees

    Advice to Senior Management1. Need to dedicate itself to robust personnel management policy - hire, retain, and promote the best.
    2. Need to once again hire highly skilled talent and then trust them
    3. Need to appreciate industry economics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Started promising, but opportunities are limited.

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

    ProsIt's the Times. Your calls will always get answered. The world takes the brand very seriously.

    ConsTry to branch out and you get iced out. Management sees you as what you were hired as, and good luck trying to move up. There is little hope for internal promotion, and no formal path forward. Ask for more money and you will be treated like a criminal. They like to give you higher-level work and not pay you for it or formally promote you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at the talent in your building. Your loyal employees are miserable. They want to learn new skills and advance but there's a cultural barrier that prevents it. Stop worrying about hiring 23-year-old white men right out of Harvard. You are hemorrhaging talent and it's at your own peril. Also, you need to be digital first, and the culture needs to reflect that. There's a caste system here that's stuck firmly in the past. There is a war for eyeballs and we are losing it. Digitize or die. That's more than a business plan - that's a mindset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once a Timesman, Always a Timesman

    Administration (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsOne-of-a-kind place to work, with some very smart and dedicated people doing what they believe in: reporting news fairly and accurately to hold everyone accountable. The standards are high and there is a culture of journalistic honesty, where reporters and editors volunteer corrections, where facts are triple-checked. If you're a fan of the paper, it's very satisfying to work there.

    ConsThere wasn't a lot of upward or sideways mobility. And, the Times leads a shrinking industry with questionable future: journalism costs money.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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