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Gray Television Vice Chairman, CEO and Director Hilton H. Howell, Jr.
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    Stay away!

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

    I worked at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    Not much at all, bad place.

    Cons

    Poor pay, no room for advancement, poor communication, poor management at local level.

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

    Management Will Make You Feel Crazy For Caring

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

    I worked at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    Pay well over other stations in the TV market I worked in, Good opportunity for advancement if you don't point out ways the company can do better.

    Cons

    Applicants Mislead - If you are promised something in the interview stage at Gray, get it in writing. Many were promised titles or future promotions that never came. Management also downplays work involved, leading to disgruntled new employees. They don’t ask the tough questions of potential employees to see if they’re right for the job. Instead they go into recruit mode. This leads to under-qualified employees making more work for existing employees and massive turnover.

    Favoritism - The employee handbook doesn't apply to everyone. While some are scolded for seemingly minor issues, others get a figurative pat on the back for the same issue. This also happens when vacation time is granted. If complaints arise between employees, management will only listen to the favored party before doling out a unfavorable review to the other. Those who have grounds for firing are given months to improve. Then supervisors are tasked with documenting and making it clear to the employee that they’re falling short. Supervisors don’t get that same courtesy. Instead, management will demote, criticize and pile on the work until you quit. Then they’ll pretend like they’re shocked you’re leaving. Some salaried employees put in less than 40 hours a week, while other neared 70.

    No Accountability - The quality of journalism and video journalism went down dramatically during my time with Gray. Management will not fact check or reprimand employees when they don’t. There’s also no punishment for breaking equipment or doing sub-par work. Supervisors may be scolded for it later, but aren't given the authority to punish or fire bad employees. Management is not accountable for anything. Planning is mostly nonexistent. Major projects then either fall short or viewers and sources are offended during the scramble to make it right, leaving reporters to do damage control.

    HR Nonexistent - For months I couldn't find an employee who knew who our Human Resources representative was. It’s impossible to find a Gray HR supervisor. Management will only give you a nonspecific HR email.

    Management Fails, Appoints Supervisor to Take Blame - So many long-term employees turned supervisors with an eye for quality were pushed out because they held the station to a higher standard than management. The newsroom had more supervisors than I’d ever seen at a business. This lead to confusion among reporters/producers. (Who I am supposed to report to? Supervisor 1 told me this, but Supervisor 2 told me this.) Supervisors are told they are doing a great job, but then given bad reviews, if they get reviews at all. Reviews you’re supposed to get bi-annually only happen when it’s decided you’re doing something wrong. Don’t try to go above your bosses’ head if you’re treated unfairly either. Gray management hires their friends and people they mentor, so your complaints will fall on deaf ears and probably put you in an even worse situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some of the blame instead of projecting it onto your employees. Hold all employees accountable in the same manner. Tell the truth. A major culture shift is needed to keep any employees long term.

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

    The company operates like George Orwell's 1984

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

    I worked at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    If you're a lemming and want to do things mindlessly and just follow "Big Brother," work here and you can work for this company the rest of your life.

    Pay is slightly higher than some other companies, but the benefits are either non-existent or terrible.

    Cons

    Have you read 1984?

    If you are an independent thinker with ideas, they'll just put you down. The company has very much their own line of thought and if you stray from it, you're targeted for either the worst assignments or termination as soon as they can find some excuse of a reason. While I worked there I saw so many terminations due to this rather than anything related to the employee's work product.

    Management is terrible and exhibits rampant favoritism. Some of the worst employees get promotions because they're the lemmings who say "yes" to whatever management asks, which ends up meaning the news product provided to the public isn't the best it could be. Management also sugarcoats everything and lies about a position's responsibilities during interviews and then wonders why people are dissatisfied once they start. The company also overreaches on projects without planning thoroughly, which leads to unnecessary failures and unsatisfied employees.

    Work/life balance sucks. Part of it is a day-to-day newsroom management issue. Some people get to be slackers while others are worked until they drop. You only get 2 sick days a year and no vacation days at all your first year....unless of course, you're one of the favored employees who can just take off whatever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously examine yourselves and how you run the business. The most successful places are meritocracies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MCO in Bowling Green, KY
    Current Employee - MCO in Bowling Green, KY

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

    Pros

    small market stations allow entry level employees to gain experience.

    Cons

    Salaries are terrible with no raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention to training younger employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    don't work for gray television, if you have other options

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter

    I worked at Gray Television

    Pros

    if you really have no other options for a job in television news, then it is a good place to work.

    Cons

    very outdated equipment, terrible managment, terrible salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managment needs to research the changes and advances in technology in broadcasting within the last ten years. technology, equipment and even terminology is extremely outdated.

    Doesn't Recommend

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