Gannett Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Bob Dickey
52 Ratings

Pros
  • Worked with some very good people who wanted to do a great job but were often hindered by management from doing so (in 15 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is pretty good for everyone outside of the sports department (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Having a healthy work/life balance is something that's frowned upon (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management routinely blamed lower level employees when something went wrong (in 9 reviews)

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  1. A 1 star is generous

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    Former Employee - Forner Multi-Media Account Executive in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Forner Multi-Media Account Executive in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Gannett full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology training, great co-workers, intelligent people,, 401K match, a brand name to get behind even though circulation and digital readership is FAR below 10 years ago

    Cons

    Too many to list. Corporate doesn't know or respect local property employees and have no loyalty to those who have been loyal through the transition to digital and the downturns of the economy, turnover/furloughs/layoffs abundant and never ending and now the spin off/split to deal with where GCI stock values are 33% of what they were before the spin off. No regard for employees whatsoever- from poor health benefits, to sticking people in jobs they don't want or don't apply for, to losing market share to the tune of a death march, to backstabbing - DO NOT WORK HERE UNLESS YOU ARE DESPERATE FOR A ONE YEAR JOG TO FILL A WHOLE IN YOUR RESUME!

    Advice to Management

    Respect people who have been there longer than you have. Train and mentor people who are faithful and intelligent and who are behind you all the way. Don't play games with employees salaries and careers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Digital account executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett

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

    Pros

    Unable to find anything positive about entire experience. Great deal of work with little to show for efforts.

    Cons

    Claim to be digital focused, but many of the satellite offices are way behind.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to provide much needed direction for your sales team. Sending them out without knowledge or support is a recipe for failure.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Terrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Editor in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in McLean, VA

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good if you are a newby trying to get a year or two experience under your belt.

    Cons

    Top down management style, but management is an elusive term. Lots of managers have little journalism experience, people skills or actual management experience. Hired on the cheap, promoted by inexperienced managers who like yes people and no questions asked.

    The product has been cheapened as experienced journos have been fired,let go or marginalized. it's acceptable to aggregate or steal copy from other sources rather than generate original content.

    Gossip and gotcha stories, or posts with attitude, now rule. It's all about getting hits.

    Advice to Management

    Focusing on video and stupid cat tricks, or the latest snark, is not a formula for success.
    Stop weeding out the experienced people because they are drawing higher salaries. Many of these people actually know something and are contributing.

    Make editors and team leaders engage with employees - not just at scheduled meetings. People cannot be effective flitting about the country or hiding in offices on vanity projects.

    Management by decree always fails. A three year strategy plan? What a joke in this day and age.

    Keep cutting and streamling. A recipe for disaster


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Advertising sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people and professional on the surface.

    Cons

    First question on the 'Assessment test" was HOW OLD ARE YOU?
    It is illegal to ask this question.

    Advice to Management

    None. Operating with hubris and desperation.


  6. Helpful (5)

    news producer slave

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett full-time

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    I swear this is true:

    Was paid $20,000 a year to produce one of their shows...scored among the highest ratings in station history, but when I asked for a $1 an hour raise I was basically shown the door. Later learned producers doing half the work I was doing was making over twice as much.

    Darkest period in my professional career.

    Advice to Management

    I was young and should have sued Gannett.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Collections Specialist

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    Former Employee - Collections Specialist in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Collections Specialist in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Gannett full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    8-5 weekends off, once hired you do get paid holidays and 2weeks vacation.

    Cons

    Horrible pay, promise of bonus is denied, unrealistic expectations , insurance is horrible, the drug use is unreal!

    Advice to Management

    Try and listen to your employees and reward the ones who actually do their job.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Stay away

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Gannett full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Easy work, decent benefits and that's about it

    Cons

    Micro managers, gossip, low pay, managers treat employees like children, there will be so much overtime you may as well kiss your life goodbye

    Advice to Management

    Needs new management


  9. Helpful (6)

    Review

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    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Des Moines, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good name to put on your resumé if you need experience

    Cons

    Very negative work environment. Overtime is dumped on you with little notice. Business needs come first, keeping the employees happy does not seem to be a priority.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Run. Run like zombies are after you.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jackson, MS

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Other than that? None. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Nunca. Nein. Is that 20 words yet? Because there aren't enough pros to make this 20 words.

    Cons

    The harder you work, the less you make! No raises, not even when someone quits and you absorb their job on top of yours. You think you'd be offered SOMETHING in return, right? Think again. The execs line their fat greedy pockets while the rest of us scrape by on lower-than-industry-standard pay that never ever increases. I'm doing the work of three people due to coworkers finding greener pastures, but no additional compensation has been provided, even after asking many times for a raise. This company is the WORST. I only gave it one star because I couldn't give it ZERO stars.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees that you value them! Don't you ever wonder why there is such a high turnover rate? It's because the second people can find anything else, they split faster than you can say UNDERPAID. Get a clue!!!


  11. Helpful (3)

    high stress with a general lack of trust between management and employees

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Charlotte, NC

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

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

    Pros

    dedicated coworkers trying hard under stressful conditions

    Cons

    Experienced people feeling forced out, lots of pay cuts and lack of respect from top managers.

    Advice to Management

    There are many good people who want to do a great job for you. Take the time to get to know who they are and what tools they need to be successful.



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