Gannett Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
390 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is pretty good for everyone outside of the sports department (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, pay good for area, schedule somewhat flexible to balance family and work (in 14 reviews)


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

  • Too much senior management that has been unable to produce expected results (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Little value for quality news or skilled professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - News in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - News in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you're young and need some quick experience Gannett might be an okay place to start. They have stations all over the country- so opportunities to move up quickly are possible.

    Cons

    Upper Management. Poor benefits. Lack of training. The health care package has only 1 plan, huge deductible (catastrophic health care only) huge employee contribution. Spouses and children rates are almost triple that of the employee with an additional penalty for spouses. They are currently trying to break organized labor in St. Louis, Cleveland, Seattle and Portland. Big proponents of MMJ's. Their corporate culture does not embrace the diversity of the communities they serve. The Gannett branding is a template for every market using the same graphics, music news philosophy in their business model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better benefits to your employees. You are not building loyalty to the company, or the brand, if employees continue to leave because they need better medical and dental. There should be better regional over sight of properties. Find ways to reflect the community you are serving by encouraging local participation without the expectation of direct compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Never. Not ever would I work there again

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gannett

    Pros

    Nice building. Real nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    Where can I begin? The people. The atmosphere. The holier than thou attitude. Supervisors who hired friends and promoted them over experienced individuals who were expected to train the incompetent. It was a hell hole and I'm glad I climbed out before they started laying people off every six months. They care more about the bottom line than anything else. I' wouldn't even give it a star but this system won't let me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better and stop the nepotism.

  3.  

    Not good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Weekly paycheck. Outdated technology. No leadership. Oh, wait, those are the best things?

    Cons

    Poor management, always scrambling on new initiatives with no follow through, threat based culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit chasing the empty-promise fastest-buck quick-fix no-action business plan and truly focus on serving your communities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Gannett full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The newspaper division's assets are in one-newspaper cities/towns.

    Cons

    Poor management, false diversity, shrinking industry. It's a very frustrating company to work for. The CEO takes home millions in earnings while staff doesn't get a raise. Management doesn't encourage their workers, only picks at flaws when they know staff is overworked and underpaid and has been for years now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs a complete overhaul with an entirely new value system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Will squeeze profits from employees anyway they can...benefits, commissions, salary, mileage, expenses.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great experience. You will leave with training and experience that will be invaluable. This on your resume will look very good.

    Cons

    Micro management in its purest form. You will spend 1/2 your time on salesforce.com and the rest on redundant training. I would NEVER work for another company that thinks salesforce is a good idea. Every year for the last 5 years I have made less money than the year before, and sold more...they manipulate commissions so your can't make money. They used Obama care as an excuse to cut our medical insurance to the bare bones and then briefly mentioned how they are self-insured. No co-pays...higher rates, ridiculous deductibles. The layers of management are impossible to navigate. The small group I worked in has 7 salespeople with turnover in the past year alone of 15 people. 5 managers in 3 years not even included. Classic case of over promise and under deliver. They are particularly harsh on long term and older employees. Inflexible culture that does not foster innovation or creativity. The only employees who have had a raise since 2009 are managers. The company then thinks it's a moral boost to send a corporate wide email about how debt free and profitable the company is...at the expense of the employees. The fact that no one at the corporate level even gets that speaks volumes. This could be the study case on corporate culture in the new age. Squeeze customers for more and give them less. Take the product and offer less and charge more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simple...hire good people, pay them well and trust them to do their jobs. Your CRM and management style is so restrictive that I don't think you get more than 30% efficiency from your salesforce. Combined with those inefficiencies, the fact that you have such a huge turnover means that inexperience and training eats the value of those new employees. Most won't stay. Someone at the top decided the more micro managing the better...totally counterproductive. It is all a time suck for both mangers and salespeople. I had a new manager from another group who spent the last 6 weeks on nothing other than trying to make salesforce comply...and I mean nothing. The person you should hire is your salesforce.com rep. Now they did a sales job!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Only Work Here if You Need to Feed Your Family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer
    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    You can have some success if you are willing to swallow some pride. However you are warned that if you show even the slightest amount of proficiency you'll be swallowed up into a specialty team where you can expect even shorter deadlines and more micromanagement.

    If you can succeed here, you've shown your next employer that you can handle a production environment.

    Cons

    You are not designing at Gannett, you are cranking out (CUSSWORDS) flash ads. The kind that drove you to install ad-blocker on your computer so you'll never have to see them again. You have less than an hour to complete an ad from start to finish, sometimes with no more direction than the client's name and a poorly provided copy of their logo. It is not uncommon for an ad rep to provide you with such designer friendly assets as word docs, photographed/scanned logos (complete with pen/ink on the piece of paper they took a picture of, we're supposed to be a digital department.)

    You get all of your creative direction from a sales rep, not a creative director. This comes in the form of a document that has either little to no actual instruction, or waaaaaay too much stupid animation requests. If your idea of selling mexican food is to have a cartoon taco walk onto the screen, stuff meat into itself, and then have a giant grab it before taking a bite out of it, then you might be a Gannett ad rep. If you have a good product and a succinct message, it will sell. Stupid animation just for the sake of getting attention won't help, it just CUSSWORDS off the end user. Expect plenty of soul sucking requests like that during your stay at Gannett.

    You get next to no feedback on your work after your initial training. You'll get a ton of 'you messed this up' errors thrown at you when you first start, but you will NEVER hear anything positive from either the client or a sale's rep. We used to have a "kudos" program where you could get some recognition but that was taken away because CUSSWORDS you that's why. We were never given a good reason, now it's just "there's a replacement program coming soon guys." That was months ago.

    SPEC WORK: Remember how your design professors taught you all about spec work and why it's a bad thing? Gannett doesn't give a flying CUSSWORDS about that. Be ready for a lot of it.

    Again, as a designer you'll be building web ads in Adobe Flash. This tech is deader than dead. You are not furthering your career.

    The hours are terrible. Expect to start off on a night shift, and then wait your turn until a day spot opens up. Not a problem if you're a night owl, otherwise unless you get extremely lucky expect to wait over a year, by then you'll be wanting to leave anyway. We've been working mandatory overtime (help is on the way guys) since March due to turnover. You typically won't know if you have to work OT until the very last minute, making planning ANYTHING difficult.

    Pay is absurdly low. Turnover is extremely high. This will likely never change. Vacation/Sick time DOES NOT CARRYOVER from one year to the next. Couple that with the fact that most dates on the calendar are either limited time off or blacked out. Want a day off in November? Go CUSSWORDS yourself, it's black friday month.

    Virtually every promotion after the initial designer position takes you out of you know, actually designing things. This is not a place for a career oriented designer, unless you want to be entry level for your entire career. This is a first stop on your path, nothing more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back up your artists. Give them the tools to succeed. Some actual continuing education would be a great start. The digital world is moving very fast, yet Gannett is not. Your designers are being left behind by being stuck working with outdated programs like flash.

    Provide your designers with feedback on their work. Designers get better when going through a critique.

    Stop taking the site's side all the time. When your first instinct is to issue an error when the site emails or calls a traffic person, you are doing it wrong. The entire approach of "error first, investigate later" does nothing but breed contempt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation policy and sick time

    Cons

    Terrible training, unrealistic expectations, terrible middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit ruling the place with fear tactics!

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Run quickly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Buttoned up in HR issues. Has a good direction. A lot of strength in their size.

    Cons

    Budgets are unreachable. They are cutting salaries across the board. Management only cares about themselves. Backstabbing is rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They only care about the all mighty dollar. As they get richer, the working grunts get poorer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unfulfilled promises...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The is a great place to hone your design skills and work on getting some general resume fluff.

    Cons

    The digital design department (artist in particular) are severally mistreated and under payed. We are constantly told we are the money makers and future of the company but without any respect, recognition or compensation. We are a "growing department" and this means that we have been working 15-20hours of mandatory overtime for since February.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have lost almost 15-20% of our employees to firing or quitting in the last 6 months. If u want to keep employees grant their time off request and don't work them to death. Also communication with mgmnt is practically nonexistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dishonest Practices + Poor Morale = Worst Job of My Career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Local Sales Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Local Sales Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Gannett full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The insurance is decent, and some of the employees possess great teamwork.

    Cons

    The job title and description (as well as the promised compensation) that I received during the interview process did not line up with the actual job. Instead of a marketing role, I learned quickly that I was in a sales role. The company does not have a training structure, which made the job nearly impossible to do effectively since I had no prior newspaper or sales experience.

    To make matters worse, the environment was completely unstable with almost 100% turnover in a couple of years. I even witnessed two downsizes in other departments during my short time with the company. Management within my department would publicly berate an employee in front of other teammates, creating constant fear of job loss.

    When new leadership took over, I was forced out, instead of receiving proper guidance and support. HR listened to my concerns, but they did not investigate my issues with the culture. Gannett preaches work/life balance, but my department did not incorporate that philosophy. We were expected to work long hours, including weekends, to get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your employees in terms of on-the-job training and support from management. The managers within my department only cared about the bottom line, and that mantra along with inaccurate job descriptions are what led to extreme turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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