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Gannett Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
402 Reviews
2.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are many good people within the company but a few spoil it for everyone (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)

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

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  1.  

    Run the Other Way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TV Station in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - TV Station in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of unity among the staff.

    Cons

    They do not pay well
    High Turnover
    They do not hire from within
    They bring in people from outside that end up leaving due to poor conditions
    Favoritism
    Station ratings are at an all time low
    No longer a market leader

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look from within to promote. Take care of your good people. Revisit your benefits packages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good early on, sucked the past few years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Director in Detroit, MI

    I worked 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 for all but those at the highest levels of the company - since 2008! Annual benefit cost increases and doing more with fewer staff. Every year they figure out a new way to suck more money out of your paycheck so you are never getting ahead financially.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    You'll be just another gear in the machine.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Print Artist in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Print Artist in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Full-Time 40 hrs no more no less, mid level pay with benefits for college students

    Cons

    Not allowed to communicate with other co-workers, must skype or email, even if they are sitting next to you at the table. Mangement does not care about quality of work you do only the amount of it you do. You are rated to to 3 advertisements an hour, if you don't meet that average you are given a warning, if it happens again within a 3 month period you are suspended/fired. No matter what the circumstances were. Some projects take 2 days to finish, if you were unlucky to get one you had to find a way to make up the lost time, the higher ups didn't care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure your philosophy on how you define success at each position and Managers need to be trained to have Managerial Skills not just be the fastest ad producer with the lowest error count. Just because they can create an ad fast does NOT BY ANY MEANS make them able to Manage an entire work floor of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started out great, turned into opposite

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Gannett full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Loved working with the corporation until the layoffs started. Like my workplace. Liked my fellow co-workers. Excellent salary for my expertise.

    Cons

    Management turned into a nightmare. Spiteful, good'old girl network. Sad way to treat quality people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treating people with dignity and respect shows character. I loved working for your company until the integrity declined.

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

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    so-so

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  8.  

    Once a great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Mid Level Managment is the problem.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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