Gray Television Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Gray Television Vice Chairman, CEO and Director Hilton H. Howell, Jr.
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  1. I wish more people had a voice at Gray.

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

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Gray offers a good vacation package, and has a tiered health package and offers life insurance for over twice your annual pay and has 401k.

    Cons

    They are not financially supportive on upgrades or improvements to building or equipment. Does not keep up well with staffing. Poor communication between departments and lackluster pay.

    Advice to Management

    Go to departments to check in with staff and to see what they actually do. Try to get a better understanding of situations staff members are put into.

  2. Needs updating

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gray Television

    Pros

    Good People, room for movement

    Cons

    Awful pay, selfish upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw $250,000+ one night parties and invite only on air talent in the market and chalk it up to "saving money." Oops.

  3. Current CEO recently told front line employees that they're valuable to the company

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

    I worked at Gray Television full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If this is true, it's about time.

    Cons

    Old habits die hard. Bureaucracies sprang up under the previous CEO. Many higher paid (and more experienced) employees were sacrificed in search of short term profit margin goals. Some problems go unsolved due to having employees with no experience in fixing them. Many valuable workers wound up at competitors, taking advantage of poorly-addressed weaknesses.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your promises to the employees you didn't run off. There's not much you can do for the valuable ones you threw under the bus.

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  5. Good experience for a first job. Company likes to pinch pennies.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is making investments in new equipment, new sets and there is a bonus at the end of the year most times.

    Cons

    Company is very penny pinchy when it comes to overtime and certain expenses. They really forbid overtime. Rollouts of new things always get delayed. Employee salaries very low. No vacation for first year.

    Advice to Management

    Make some investments in your employees when it comes to vacation time in the first year, easing up on OT, and making sure stations have working stuff.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Horribly underpaid

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

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, always busy and have a lot of control over your own stories.

    Cons

    Salary is bordering on laughable.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees... we understand the concept of "supply and demand" in regards to the television industry but it gets sickening to work 40+ hours a week while making less than what you could at the local McDonalds.

  7. A lot of responsibility; not a lot of compensation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Master Control Operator in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Master Control Operator in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at Gray Television

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Room to gain experience for larger markets
    A foot in the door for local television
    Some benefits (health, dental)
    Possible overtime

    Cons

    VERY low compensation - think fast food wages
    Tons of responsibility
    Repetitive tasks
    Middle-management for the MCOs was overbearing and exhibited rampant favoritism
    Little opportunity for advancement within the same market

    Despite all of this, many of my co-workers really wanted to be there. All of these people had four-year degrees in film and/or television and were chomping at the bit to work for $8.65/hr. I guess everyone had grandiose plans to transfer to larger markets and eventually work for Turner or Fox, but it was certainly a soul-killing environment and not for me.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to recruit people who are interested in doing their jobs well and share in the mission of the company, you need to pay more.

  8. Disappointing for those that dream of working in TV

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Master Control Operator in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Master Control Operator in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at Gray Television

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    When one actually does a good job, your peers and co-workers acknowledge it and are appreciative of the work being done.

    Cons

    Good work is ignored from supervisors and above, internal promotion is nearly impossible, long term growth does not exist as mid level employees are stagnant with no interest in self growth nor helping lower level employees to grow in other arenas.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to the annual reviews from the people at the bottom more than the people in the middle. Honesty was given from "entry level" workers who have been at the location for 2+ years.

  9. Helpful (3)

    It varies from station to station

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gray Television

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The better Gray stations have excellent work environments. Benefits are very good. Ownership seems solid. At the corporate level there is very little turnover.

    Cons

    The work environment is not good at several of the stations. There is high absenteeism and turnover. It has been noted that some senior and mid-level managers don't trust happier employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take a strong look at long term individual station performance. It is likely that the stations with the best ratings and earnings also have the lowest turnover. Reward your superior General Managers by placing them over the poor performers.

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