Gannett Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
389 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    so-so

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    Current Employee - Designer in North Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Designer in North Fort Myers, FL

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

    Pros

    type of work, flexibility, co-workers, a

    Cons

    cut backs, communication, extreme stress, heavy work load

  2.  

    25 years here, and it's gotten worse every year.

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    Current Employee - Senior Reporter in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Reporter in Appleton, WI

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Work-life balance is pretty good for everyone outside of the sports department.

    Cons

    Too many editors, not enough foot soldiers. Editors only care about their bottom line; benefits, bonuses, etc. And they'll do anything to protect them, which means crapping on the foot soldiers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less meeting, more interaction with your employees. Cut the B.S., we're not stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Once a great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Cloud, MN

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers around the United States.

    Cons

    At one time we received yearly raises but that all came to an end. They actually imposed unpaid furloughs, closed and consolidated multiple plants, large layoffs all the while paying out multi-imillion dollar stock options to the executive level. Over time abuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the workers not the executives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Felt like a used car salesman. They teach you to con your customers.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Shreveport, LA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Shreveport, LA

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

    Pros

    Freedom and office personnel are friendly

    Cons

    Too many meetings not enough ojt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real! To much sugar not enough help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    They're focused on bottom-line and don't fully value their human collateral.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

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

    Pros

    Lots of technological resources and some decent training. The company is innovative with their proprietary tech products and they are smart with digital ventures.

    Cons

    The company owns many local community newspapers and TV stations as well as USAToday. The board and leadership at corporate seem to forget that these sites are in much smaller markets than DC where USAT is headquartered. They try to make their smaller brands function like USAT and demand huge results without giving the local sites enough support in HR or enough payroll to pay a decent wage. They expect national digital brands to resonate in all local markets. Seems like they're always looking for someone to fire. Soon there won't be enough bodies left to implement their large scale visions. I honestly wonder a lot why I still have a job. I don't create revenue - not in my job function. I just try to save money whenever I can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about why people are leaving the company in droves. Listen to your employees. Stop paying huge bonuses to department directors who don't meet revenue goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Mid Level Managment is the problem.

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    Current Employee - Producer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Producer in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Strong company name recognition. Try's to be cutting edge. No non compete. People are dropping like flies great opportunity for new people coming in.

    Cons

    Mid level mgmt can not be trusted. They threaten there employees to get results but don't follow through unless it's the ones the don't like not producing. Nepotism and favoritism at its finest. Not everyone is held to the same standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People aren't dumb they see through the lies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good early on, sucked the last few years

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    Current Employee - Director in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    There really are no good things about working under the Gannett umbrella any longer. The best thing I did was to leave the company which reduced my stress level one-hundred fold. Money isn't everything and I don't miss this place at all.

    Cons

    Frozen salaries, benefit cost increases, doing more with fewer staff. Yup, there is no getting ahead financially here!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Low morale, consistent layoffs, yet always hiring?

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    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Slashed benefits beginning 2014 and only offer 1 medical plan with a high deductible with zero contribution to meet from the company. Only real pros are those you take charge and claim for yourself. I walked away from this company with multiple certifications in digital marketing, solid relationships with hiring managers all over Nashville, and was able to take my knowledge, skills, and talent to a company who understands the value they offer in the digital marketplace.

    Cons

    Zero leadership in my department, though there were some pretty great managers in other departments that most likely would have taught me something."Head in the Sand" management style and managers who have more industry specific years of experience than you, but possess less knowledge about the actual processes, products, pricing or systems used day in and day out than you. Instead of embracing this fact and sharing their experience with you and strengthening their weaknesses by learning from their team, they constantly deflect and mask their ignorance at all costs.
    Probably the most disturbing bait and switch I observed while employed at this company was when an employee whose previous position was dissolved was hired into a new position on a new team even though the new hiring manager KNEW that within 1-2 months the company planned to layoff that whole team! In fact, 2 different managers had fought over this employee all wanting him/her to take a spot on their team, so if the employee had been placed on one of the other teams, they'd have been saved from the impending layoff.
    How can you convince someone to take a job when you already know that position has already been selected for downsizing?!
    I saw good people do horrible things to one another in a feeble attempt to survive in this cut throat atmosphere. Passive-aggressive, back-stabbing thrives here, and the only justice you'll ever see parceled out is when the layoff hammer finally lands on one of your coworkers who has personally stepped on multiple coworkers trying to save their own skin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not distribute company wide email announcements and press releases claiming the big layoff in 2013 was the only shake up and everyone can rest easy now that it's over and then continue a quiet layoff thereafter taking out 2-5 employees at a time.
    Do NOT layoff employees while actively hiring for positions that are just on the other side of the cube wall!
    Don't hire people based on your new "work-flow" to only lay them off 3-6 months later when you change your mind and restructure the department yet again.
    Although the education is there for those who are hungry to learn and willing to teach themselves everything digital, the lack of support and proper checks and balances makes it impossible for Gannett to ever get their digital initiatives off the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Gannett review

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    Former Employee - Reporter in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Gannett (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has a number of very talented individuals working there. It can do some things very well. It holds professional standards, for the most part. There is an emphasis on creating a family-friendly workplace.

    Cons

    Short-sighted and near-term thinking are predominant. There's a top-down sensibility that does not encourage flexibility. Group-think is another aspect of the corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the next quarter. Allow more flexibility, less structured behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Corporate Newspaper

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    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Bethany Beach, DE
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Bethany Beach, DE

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

    Pros

    I got lots of stories published. And health insurance. As an entry-level reporter, the salary sounded good, considering newspapers are notorious for their low pay. Pay wound up being about $12.50 an hour after everything. Insurance is okay.

    Cons

    Overworked in a transitioning industry. My editor was young, cheap and micromanaged. I had to attend meetings with my colleagues to "learn how to write" news stories. That's what I went to college for. They sunk my contributions for a 401K into their crappy company stock, meaning I only had about half of what I contributed returned to me when I cashed out of that joint.
    Pick up some clips at Gannett, then ditch that hellhole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of going for the youngest, cheapest editors available, why not trust your newspapers to sage journalists?

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