Gannett Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
389 Reviews
2.5
389 Reviews
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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 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Brand new to Gannett

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Producer
    Current Employee - Executive Producer

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    They encourage big projects on the news side. They are very dedicated to the success of their stations.

    Cons

    Still trying to figure out what the split of the TV, digital and print will mean for the company long term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Getting Better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist

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

    Pros

    It's a good working environment, there's some great benefits if you know where to look, and the pay while not stellar is about what you'd expect for entry level stuff (at least in my neck of the company). The company is CONSTANTLY buying out other media properties, so that is a good sign. They're also trying to get their many newpaper properties up to date (which if you've worked in newspaper, you know the one thing it hates is change) so kudos for that.

    Cons

    We work very hard in my department. And we haven't received raises in two years. Other than that, the ladder may be a bit of a slow climb, career-wise, depending on where you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you're keeping your ground floor employees in mind. Please continue to keep up with the times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Entry Level

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

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    This job is good for right out of college. It seems harder for more seasoned artists to conform to the system and procedures of the GIADC. Fun, casual environment. Fast paced.

    Cons

    Hard to work your way up. Getting promoted gets you stuck on a worse shift. New hire shift is usually 4pm-12:30. The pay is very entry level.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great internship opportunity that helped me learn a lot, as well as gain credible work experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - New Media Journalist in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - New Media Journalist in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Gannett as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Credible work place. Work experience. Adding material to my port.

    Cons

    Based downtown/no parking. Small stipend.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Significant progress in transformation efforts

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

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

    Pros

    Room for growth, inspiring company purpose, strong executive leadership, beautiful office space and smart people

    Cons

    Benefits are not strong and the headquarters is located in terrible Tysons Corner, VA. Tons of traffic and not near a Silver Line metro stop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! I'm incredibly impressed with the companies turnaround and the executive teams transparency. I would encourage management to reconsider benefits packages to make the jobs more enticing. An improved benefits package would be a great way to reward employees for helping make the transformation possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Gannett as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers make your day a lot easier. People are always willing to teach interns how things work and there is a camaraderie among pretty much everyone on the newsroom floor. Also, relationships made there tend to last long (so lots of career help).

    Cons

    There's a really clear distinction between the upper management and the newsroom. Sometimes it even borders on feeling like a weird caste system. This can cause some resentment and drama if you pay attention to it. Also, interns are unpaid and can't do anything hands-on, basically just leaving them with all the grunt work that no one else wants to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the interns

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    It is a great company to work for management cares about employees. The pay is satisfactory
    but could be better. Able to work alone without micro -management. I enjoyed my time there
    and learned a great deal. The other employees were great to work with.

    Cons

    There is not much room for advancement. The pay could be better with more frequent
    raises. The healthcare benefits need improvement. Overall the company is good to
    work for and it was a good place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to give employees positive feedback when it is deserved. Try to promote
    more from within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Beneficial Company to Work for in Media

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

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Well mannered atmosphere for those in media. Family oriented and caring. Some room for advance me in various media aspects.

    Cons

    Lower pay than others . Some personalities seem above others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider pay on experience and take time to know those around you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Changing industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Vice President in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Corporate Vice President in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    financially stable company with strong commitment to managing expenses. Trying new things and focus on a variety of digital initiatives is positive. company is trying hard to evolve and is clearly a leader in local media. Positioned pretty well for the future.

    Cons

    difficult and rapidly changing industry. Many different directions and priorities change quickly. sometimes too many hoops and players to get things done, Difficult to evolve legacy media businesses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Manager

    Former Employee - Account Executive in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I worked at Gannett full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It used to be really good money, and never got boring!

    Cons

    major stress, unreasonable expectations at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your good people. don't allow strife in the office.

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