New York Times employees are getting visibly restless as their CEO-less company struggles to chart its course through 2012, amid declining profits and rising costs. At least one newsroom employee thinks that acting chief executives Arthur Sulzberger Jr. seems lost in trying to figure out the paper's next steps and leaning on yet another management consultant. Science and health reporter Dan McNeil expressed his disdain about Sulzberger "going trekking with [Wharton professor Michael Ulseem] in the Himalayas soon" in an email sent to about 150 of his colleagues and leaked to Gawker on Tuesday. "A trek now in mid-crisis?" McNeil continued. "We put out a great newspaper every day. But outside the newsroom, at the corporate level, we're sailing on a ghost ship."
McNeil's tone shouldn't come as a huge surprise. It was just over a month ago that half of the Times newsroom protested the lack of progress in the paper's negotiating a new contract with members of the Newspaper Guild, a deal that still hasn't been made. Meanwhile, former CEO Janet Robinson must be enjoying the $23 million package she took with her when she got pushed out of the company at the end of last year.