Gray Television
2.2 of 5 20 reviews
www.gray.tv Atlanta, GA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 19, 2014

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67% Approve of the CEO

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

Hilton H. Howell, Jr.

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22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Needs updating

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood People, room for movement

    ConsAwful pay, selfish upper management.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf this is true, it's about time.

    ConsOld 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 Senior ManagementKeep 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.

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

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

    Reporter (Current Employee)

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

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horribly underpaid

    Weekend Sports Anchor (Current Employee)

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

    ConsSalary is bordering on laughable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot of responsibility; not a lot of compensation

    Master Control Operator (Former Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

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

    ConsVERY 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing for those that dream of working in TV

    Master Control Operator (Former Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

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

    ConsGood 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 Senior ManagementActually 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It varies from station to station

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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