Gannett Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Want to work for a company that doesn't care about you?

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    Current Employee - Graphic Artist
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist

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

    Pros

    The Job is Secure because it is such a large company, and the co-workers are friendly. The supervisors directly above you and friendly and take what you have to say to heart.

    Cons

    Corporate doesn't care about you, your job, or even knowing you exist. The benefits are decent, but you pay too much for them, they don't pay nearly enough, and we are consistently being forced to work overtime, even during holiday weeks when we don't get paid OT to be there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. I'm on my way out of this glass box, finally!

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    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Hmmm, let me think. The only thing that I can think of is that we work on brand new iMacs.

    Cons

    Wow, where do I begin? We are supposed to be "artists," but it's more like we are a large production team, cranking out complete GARBAGE ("ads"). This is not really a design position, but more like a production position.

    You will start off with a shift likely starting at 3pm or 4pm, maybe 5pm, and on top of that, the pay is absurdly low. If you can get on a specialty team the ad content is much better, but hey, there's not enough room for everyone to advance; just become a lucky one.

    Work here if you don't mind throwing together ads for, let's say, a church's potluck, a tiny business with a weebly web address for its business, a local pawn shop; perhaps a garage sale, or an auction! Fun...

    Worst yet, reps who are in contact with the client relay their supposed "creative direction" to us by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. I really mean it; by whatever means. Including, but not limited to: scanned images of chicken scratches, (and you have to rotate the image to even read it), photo copies, pdf files with notes (and chicken scratches). VERY professional, reliable communication in the digital age of 2015.

    Remember, YOU are the "artist," but, listen to EVERY thing that an ad rep says when they ask for a revision, or, correction as the GIADC likes to call them; if you don't "follow directions" you will get an error for it. No matter if a bungling rep's grammar and spelling made you reminisce on your first grade class when you were still learning how to spell simple words like "the," and how to construct proper sentences. You may have to end up sending the "instructions" to build an ad to your nearest TQ, or "supervisor" to see if they can decipher what it is an ad rep is trying to communicate. Those people are truly special.

    90% of the ads you will create here will probably need all of the following: A LOT of text (they often will have you take a text heavy print ad, and squeeze every bit of that text into a 160x600 ad), an address of the business, the web address, and even a phone number! BORING! It's ridiculous the amount of crap that gets thrown in these ads. The ads always get OVERSOLD with the amount of content that is included. If by some small chance you have "artistic expression" and you are able to create what you want, if the ad rep (who by the way has ABSOLUTELY NO knowledge of the technical limitations that we have) sees things a bit differently, by their discretion most times, you have to listen, no matter how ridiculous the request. Often you will get things like, "place a call to action that says, 'click here.'"

    You have NO REAL TIME COMMUNICATION whatsoever with the ad reps. Often they will berate the previous "artist" in new correction notes if they disapprove of something in an ad.

    I know some people who have been in the department for YEARS, and I don't know how they do it. They must like it? I don't see how. I can't stomach this place, and I feel FORTUNATE to be leaving!

    I've worked at this company less than a year and I could write a book. I could go on an on about the cliquishness, hypocrisy, etc, but I won't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way in which ads are delegated to your "artists," and the way we communicate with ad reps. Maybe get rid of all of the reps who have the WORST communication I have ever seen in my life. You have no business working in any sort of communication capacity when you cannot spell simple words, confuse active and passive participles in sentences, you're not smart enough to use spell check, or you generally communicate like you're five years old.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. IT "old boys club" dominates, all others need not apply

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    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people in the markets. Lots of smart people in corporate.

    Cons

    Despite lots of smart people in corporate, IT cronyism holds people and company back. Too many wannabe chiefs cause constant confusion. Too many members of the "old boys club" are toxic, vicious, sexist/bigoted, and undermining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean IT's house and start from the top. Gannett management knows who the members of the IT "old boys club" are, and there's certainly enough HR documentation about them (or there should be) to make some changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    I would give 0 stars if it was an option. Stay away from this place.

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    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    A paycheck; that's about it.

    Cons

    Everything from your worst nightmare times ten; horrible work life balance, low pay, horrible benefits, withholding of time off, withholding of benefits, fear of retaliation, micro management, harassment, bullying, constant turnover, no commitment to clarity, hostile work environment, no guidance or direction, lack of upward movement, pay cuts, title demotions, layoffs, furloughs. The list can go on for days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain people need to go; culture needs to change; employees deserve at least what you promise you're going to give them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    A dying company in a dying industry

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    Current Employee - Content Creator ( Journalist)
    Current Employee - Content Creator ( Journalist)

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

    Pros

    None, really, except the company's so called commitment to diversity

    Cons

    This is a company that is on its last legs. If it's still in business in 5 years I'd be surprised. employees are treated very poorly. Raises are non existent. Paycuts in the form if furloughs are common. Health benefits are jaeger and get worse each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Uh, maybe you should realize that you would get more from your workers if you treated them with even a little respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Run as fast as you can!

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    None, none none none, none

    Cons

    Insurance, incompetent management, unrealistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your audience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Company without a plan

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are great, and continue to do their best to try to keep this company going.

    Cons

    Management has no idea how to move forward, and is blatantly dishonest with employees - "everything is going great!" meetings are followed by layoffs a few weeks later. Management just seems interested in sucking as much value into their pockets before the company goes under. With the upcoming company split, everyone expects them to finally start selling units off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None- you have destroyed this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Stay as far away as you can

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    Pay could be a lot worse.

    Cons

    Benefits, constant layoffs, incompetent management, more layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Pay, culture, planning, understanding of what's reality is all lacking.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The love of micromanagement, the joy of having to watch your back all the time, the thrill of never knowing when your number will be called for a layoff, the sheer enjoyment of knowing your immediate superior would sooner stomp on your back than back you up.

    Cons

    Being underpaid and under appreciated. High cost of benefits. Power mongering senior management that doesn't care about the rank and file. Inability to get anything accomplished without approval from two or three people above you. And oh yeah, the company is killing the print product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and let some younger blood take over. Gracia, Bob, get another life. You've got your golden parachutes, take them and get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Very unethical

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Great technology. Professional employees.

    Cons

    Managment team
    Lack of training for new employees
    Mother and Daughter should not work in the same department
    High turnover
    Ratings are at an all time low
    Unrealistic budgets
    Lack of focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people
    Listen to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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