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Gannett Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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2.6 355 reviews

49% Approve of the CEO

Gannett President & CEO Gracia Martore

Gracia Martore

(119 ratings)

34% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • There are many good people within the company but a few spoil it for everyone(in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Having a healthy work/life balance is something that's frowned upon(in 7 reviews)

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

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    Corporate Newspaper

    Staff Writer (Former Employee) Bethany Beach, DE

    ProsI 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.

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

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    Sinking ship with little hope of survival

    Sales Specialist (Current Employee) Nashville, TN

    ProsIn the local offices, the people are great.

    ConsWork atmosphere and organization is constantly changing. Furloughs are a constant concern. Layoffs are also always a constant concern. There is a huge disconnect with Management and the "worker bees".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overworked and underpaid

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot many good reasons. It's the biggest newspaper company so there aren't many other choices.

    ConsLow pay, no pay raises, benefits suck, employees are FTEs, not people. Easily hundreds of labor violations that go unreported because people are worried about retaliation. Company is ruled by fear. No real vision of how to turn around the profit losses other than to cut expenses, said FTEs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit. Get some people in who have a clue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Chaotic, poorly organized, and outdated structure.

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsDefinitely a cool headquarters, Gannett is just a really interesting place to be. You have the opportunity to meet and network with some of the leaders in media without even realizing it.

    ConsPoorly organized, no feedback or assistance. When I arrived I was given some material that was 4 years old and badly outdated, and that was the only guidance that I had to doing my job. I had no resources regarding how the company power structure had changed, how things were currently being handled, office organization, nothing. While I am perfectly competent and able to seek out the people who I needed to find the answers I needed, it was truly a waste of a few weeks for everyone that could have been avoided by a simple well organized office or orientation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Does not pay well

    Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsThis is a great place for people who have little to no experiance, and people who still live with there parents. Great place to start a career in sales.

    ConsIs the lowest paying sales job in that industry, also worst healthcare structure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUper management looses good people because they do no listen, and do not pay enough considering how much each rep makes per month.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be great

    Digital Manager (Current Employee) Springfield, MO

    ProsKnowing the news as it happened, always something new to do, vacation was okay

    ConsAs people got laid off, they heaped more and more duties on those left

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Life at Gannett

    Multi-Media Account Executive (Current Employee)

    Prospay is decent good people to work with depending on location of position, benefits are okay nothing to really to talk about other than the 401k was really nice. The health insurance covered enough to make it bearable for us

    Consdigital revenue is never going to replace print revenue. sales goals are set way to high for many of the smaller territories to even come close to making the goal. The training is horrible most of it I taught myself about the selling points of the products and how to actually talk about digital marketing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the smaller territories a chance other than just a few months to work with the ridiculous goals that are set.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A print newspaper company trying to go digital.

    Account Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsGannett has excellent print media coverage around the country. They recognize the need to move into the digital media space but are not clear on how to do that in my opinion.

    ConsLimited advancement opportunities. Salary was abysmal. Micromanagement abounds at all levels of the company with which I had experience. They really didn't know how to be successfull in the digital media space. Employee retention was a serious problem too.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove your pay structure and embrace digital media.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    keep looking

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslooks good on a resume

    Consdo not get me started

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Account Executive (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsPotential to make great money. Without a doubt the best product to sell in Denver if you really want to grow your client's business. Great location as well.

    ConsLack of leadership and poor company culture in the sales environment. Could be the best place to work , but unfortunately that is not the case, Major turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCelebrate wins and provide a more encouraging, enjoyable work environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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