Gray Television Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
22 Reviews
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Gray Television Vice Chairman, CEO and Director Hilton H. Howell, Jr.
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  1.  

    Good Place to Start, Bad Place for Longevity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gray Television full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of new skills to learn and build resume with, mostly friendly staff, ability to network and meet people with similar goals. SOME managers are absolutely great to work with. A good place to see how the local television industry works.

    Cons

    Vindictive upper management, low pay, raises few and far between and when they do happen they are often so small that you don't really see the increase in pay due to taxes eating it all up. Not much room at all for true advancement. Think waiting 10 plus years for someone else to retire so you could "maybe" get that position. Awful hours, almost no one behind the scenes will ever work normal hours, you are either there way before the sun comes up or there way after it has gone down, so kiss a normal life goodbye. Ridiculous/wasteful drug testing policy. Ultra factory like work if you happen to be at an automated station, if not it may seem less like that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting money on "random" drug tests to 9.99 times out of 10 NOT bust them. Reinvest money into upgraded technology AS WELL AS the people who use that tech. Think about lowering turnover and the costs of hiring new when you could just reward current employees with REAL raises they truly deserve and in return keep a well rounded, well trained, well experience staff that will actually know what the heck they are doing and talking about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good training market

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gray Television

    Pros

    Entry Level Training IN A Small market that is tough for new journalists but good experience that can make or break you.

    Cons

    Structured culture and traditional thinking management style. Station departments do not always go with team practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let them fly

  3.  

    Hard work, good experience

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    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter

    I worked at Gray Television full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was a reporter at one of Gray's entry-level, small stations. Once you get benefits after the first 90 days they are amazing. The management at my station was very smart and supportive. Good company culture.

    Cons

    Low pay. Long hours. Working holidays. One-man-banding all my stories. But that's media nowadays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop updating the editing systems every year and hire some photogs.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Old technology, supportive News Director and Asst News Director

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant  in  South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in South Bend, IN

    I worked at Gray Television part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good leadership in the newsroom, ND and Asst. ND were very involved and supportive of the staff.

    Cons

    Notre Dame is all that mattered. Seemed like PR arm of university. Dated equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more money into the technology, competitor was tapeless and high definition in the field while we were up converting off of tape using technology from the 90's. Please invest more money in your on-air product and equipment in the field. Felt hindered by the old, outdated cameras, editing system and workflow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Meteorologist  in  Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Meteorologist in Eau Claire, WI

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Easy going work environment and friendly

    Cons

    low pay scale and not much opportunity to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great first job in the field

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Assistant  in  Panama City, FL
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Panama City, FL

    I worked at Gray Television part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Experience. They gave me a chance when no one else would.

    Cons

    Pay. I asked if I could be trained for weekend director, and they informed me that I'd have to learn other jobs that will be phased out first. They are going HD some time this year, and will be reducing the staff. My position was only part times you can not exceed 29 hours a week. But, being there at 4AM, you're too tired to do anything else. If you can live with your parents, or get support elsewhere, it may be worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was great! They are always doing things for employees. It's not their fault that behind the scenes people don't matter enough to get paid more money and treated differently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    An interesting job that will not lead to any promotions whatsoever.

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    Current Employee - Technical Media Producer  in  Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Media Producer in Harrisonburg, VA

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you have an interest in the way that TV station works, its a great job.

    Cons

    You will not make very much money or have great benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the TMPs more. They do a lot of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fun work, terrible pay

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    Former Employee - Production  in  Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Production in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Gray Television

    Pros

    The television industry by nature is a fun industry to work in. It's a fast-paced environment and you learn a lot in a small amount of time. Your co-workers know what they're doing and it's a great team environment. Gray has high standards for their stations, and that definitely helps you in the long run, especially if you don't plan on working there the rest of your life. It's a good place to learn the ropes.

    Cons

    You get paid horrendously for the work you do and the hours you put in. I worked on the morning broadcast for a while, which meant getting in by 4 a.m. every day. For that I got paid under seven an hour. You better have another job, savings or generous parents before you take a job with Gray. Many of my co-workers, as well as myself, had a second job to make ends meet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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