New York Times Reviews

Updated 7 Jun 2020

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3.8
73%
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94%
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139 Ratings
Pros
  • "The NYT is truly committed to journalism of the highest caliber, even when times are tough economically(in 34 reviews)

  • "The culture is moderately formal, but the work-life balance is fantastic and coworkers often help accommodate life events for each other(in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "Restrictions on what you can discuss on social media if you work in the newsroom(in 15 reviews)

  • "If it's career fulfillment and being apart of arguably the best newspaper ever created then this is the palace for you(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic work environment"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pension, healthcare schemes and bonus. Some interesting projects where you are given creative freedom, mainly due to managers being busy climbing the corporate ladder.

    Cons

    The advertising side of operations in London is a toxic work environment with frequent inequality experienced. There is poor leadership, inadequate communication, a severe lack of support and recognition as well as a worryingly limited duty of care shown to employees. If you are looking for an environment that is diverse, inclusive, mindful, progressive, free of bias, championing self-expression and reflective of the company's ethical journalism across-the-board, this is not the place for you.

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "Not what you would imagine"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - International in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great name on your CV reasonable salary, bonus and good work benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy and politics, not the fair and diverse workplace that comes with the name. Lack of collaboration/communication across offices and with the U.S. office. Very limited career progression, training and limited work flexibility.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of work needed"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company to have on your CV, great office location, opportunity to learn a lot about the world of advertising

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, decision making process delays work being done, lack of potential career progression, very evident divide between US and UK teams.

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great to learn the ropes, but at a cost"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    One of the best in the business Decent training Great brand to work for Deep editing, which makes for consistent output, that readers like and want more of. An average enterprise story will have five to seven people work on it, and that is good and needed Some sections have budgets that are sometimes three times as big as those of other companies for the same department, so you do get to edit and work with the best material around In general, above average ethics and reporting. International outlook, especially with the latest global push, although still very US skewed

    Cons

    The NYT is some sort of branded religion, and its employees are expected to worship it. It is a powerful echo chamber where people are expected to all agree on the same thing, sometimes failing readers, the community you—as editor, reporter or journalist—theoretically work for. In that sense, the blind support for certain figures proved to be a journalistic catastrophe, with gaping holes in coverage. There is definitely a liberal bias, and it is sometimes an evident impediment to good journalism. The public editors have known this for years. No sense of adversarial reporting, at times. Lots of turf wars between reporters and editors from competing sections, to the detriment of output. Many reporters report on things they don't or can't know (e.g. race when they are white, poverty when they are from a wealthy background, lgbt issues when they are straight and cisgender and so on), although there is a focus on changing this. It does, however, feel cosmetic. Very high pressure, sometimes more so out of delusions of grandeur rather than actual circumstance. There is a remarkable sense of exceptionalism attached to everything the NYT does. Too much attention is turned to branding, especially with the current US administration. It isn't rare for senior colleagues to poach/steal work and not credit, and then deny it has happened. While it's overall an OK place to work for, there is a human cost involved, especially if you are not always prepared to color within the lines: people do cry in the bathrooms. It gets pretty tense in the newsroom.

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  5. "Poor management"

    2.0
     

    I worked at New York Times

    Pros

    Poor management on the events side

    Cons

    A good brand to work for

  6. "Bureaucratic and Hierarchical on commercial side, best to avoid!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Commercial in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    OK salary comparing to other media companies

    Cons

    Highly useless management. No structural way for personal development or progression. Seems like those senior managers and directors only with the titles but not the brain! And the reason why they are senior are because of tenure, not competency! Nothing really gets done until these managers are being copied in or send the email themselves! Very hierarchical, and would not recommend if you are looking to learn and grow - very poor knowledge sharing, only the ''circle of trust ''get to know and they don't share! Or if they do share, there's not insight added what so ever, but just simply hit 'forward'.

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  7. "growth opportunity for ambitious person"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Creative opportunity in changing environment

    Cons

    Long hours under deadline pressure

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "I feel proud to work here."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Lead in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, relaxed atmosphere, you work for the most important media outlet to our democracy

    Cons

    HIGHLY political, promotions near-impossible and communication from upper management always comes in piece meal; flexible seating = no seat ever.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place To Work At"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment, company always has employees wellness and happiness in mind.

    Cons

    Things can move slowly like at any other large company.

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  10. "Work is excellent, not always a place to start at the bottom"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News Assistant 

    I worked at New York Times full-time

    Pros

    The work feels relevant and timely, you may reach millions of readers. The journalism is excellent.

    Cons

    Some difficult personalities, very unclear how to advance to a higher level as a younger employee. Work /life balance can be tricky.

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