Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated August 6, 2015
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Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck
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Pros
  • Great for an entry level sales person, or someone working in a non sales position (in 4 reviews)

  • Easygoing work environment, with fairly reasonable deadlines set by management (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No raises for years - pay freeze (in 6 reviews)

  • upper management is always looking for ways to cut hours in our department even though we are already coming away with 20-25 hour weeks (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Climate of fear

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in Central Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Reporter in Central Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's a job. Some of the people you work with are wonderful, but don't get used to them being there for long.

    Cons

    Long hours, little vacation time, low wages, everyone seemed afraid, unhappy, oppressed. Witnessed monthly firings, usually without warning.

    Advice to Management

    None. They wouldn't listen, anyway.


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Availability to work independently immediately.

    Cons

    Lack of communication among managers.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Outside Media Sales
    Former Employee - Outside Media Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a supportive work environment, offering good pay, good benefits and loyalty to hard-working, veteran employees. Used to feel like a place you could retire. Still so many amazing people working within this company, yet job security is a daily concern.

    Cons

    Executives continue to be way overpaid in direct relation to those who have built the entire business - the publishers, the editors, the teams on the street who have done the heavy lifting. The people who built this company and this industry are being let go - even after 30-plus years working for Lee Enterprises. Sadly money, and avoiding lawsuits seems to be the focus and concern of top brass - more than maintaining the people who have served them well for so many years.

    Advice to Management

    Top management - eliminate the position of just ONE"poorly performing executive - of whom you DO currently have in place - and save several productive employees elsewhere within your company.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Plausibly worse than Gannett

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News Reporter in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - News Reporter in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offered health insurance, vacation, at least; Was transparent in its ambitions

    Cons

    Management is fundamentally disconnected from reality of individual properties; vacation time is nonexistent in bare-boned newsrooms; Web content and social media goals lead to reprinting of press releases; real journalism is nowhere to be found in company's values

    Advice to Management

    Explore actual realities at each property -- market conditions, staffing, employers -- before setting advertising goals; come up with realistic financial goals


  6. Helpful (3)

    False Advertisement

    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Munster, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, accessibility, any one hired

    Cons

    Schedules, Time off, Customers, Management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees; gain compassion


  7. Helpful (1)

    Press operator.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Berkshire Hathaway has a stake in this company.

    Cons

    Cut the work force to the bone.

    Advice to Management

    The work force in the press production area has not seen a raise in 7 years. I understand the economic climate is still somewhat unstable but 7 years is a long time to fall behind the cost of living.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Focused on the wrong things

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Controller in Lihue, HI
    Current Employee - Controller in Lihue, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salaries in certain areas for managers. Some growth opportunities in certain departments. Some opportunities to receive additional training for managers.

    Cons

    Deep expense cuts and layoffs while higher-ups get bonuses. Poor and outdated software systems. Certain managers are hired for the wrong reasons. Employee complaints are not taken seriously enough.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. If you are asking your employees to cut expenses, don't give yourself a bonus, no matter how hard you are working.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Loved being a reporter, hated being owned by a corporation.

    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great community, always fascinating and rewarding work.

    Cons

    No raises while Mary Junck rakes it in.

    Advice to Management

    Have some human feeling for the slaves. Now I hear that the masters will be outsourcing pagination, as if the paper's reputation in the community needed to fall any further.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Disorganized Mess

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Care Center Representative in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Care Center Representative in Munster, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice. Relaxed work environment and supervisors are easy to approach (usually).

    Cons

    Training is minimal. You will end up answering calls for around 18 different newspapers, all of which have different redelivery cut off times throughout the day, dispatching procedures, and other specific factors. You learn as you go, and it can be a complicated job. Supervisors are usually helpful, but ask too many questions and they'll talk about you behind your back or complain that you aren't getting it even though they've told you how to do something "a thousand times". $9.50 an hour is not worth it. On top of the confusion, you get screamed at by customers in, on average, about 70-90 calls per operator per day. Supervisors also don't like talking to irate customers, one of them is actually afraid of confrontation and gets angry at everyone when asked to call someone back, which often leaves the responsibility on you to call them back when you already have a boatload of other calls coming in and other requests to follow up on. At times, the emails you send for them to look into get responses back that don't even make sense - it's like they don't even read them half the time. It's one big disorganized lazy mess - and you get taxed to death on your already meager paycheck for it. You can get incentives too from certain things like saving customers from cancelling their subscription by discounting their price. Usually around $1.00-$3.00 each, but it's in your best interest to keep track of all the incentives you got because even if you send it in on the form you're supposed to send it in on, they may not honor it. They refuse to give raises and won't promote. They recently got rid of two people who had been working for over 20 years there due to "position elimination", both of which they filled with younger employees days after. This company really doesn't know if it's coming or going. Also the people in production that print the Northwest Indiana Times newspaper everyday working 12 hour shifts only make $7.50/hr. Most unappreciated, hardest workers. I really have very little positive to say. The CEO also gives herself bonuses and this was a contributing factor to layoffs in the past year. Needless to say I am seeking a new position as soon as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking bonuses you don't deserve from a starving company. You won't lose your job, but we will. Also, if you don't like confrontation, get the hell Out of customer service call centers entirely.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Pleasant workplace, in a struggling industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easygoing work environment, with fairly reasonable deadlines set by management. Friendly, hardworking coworkers. Decent amount of holidays/time off.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement. Little in the way of training/employee development. Revenues have been in steady decline over several years and cost cutting measures continue, affecting all parts of workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Current business is shrinking in all markets, can't continue down the current path and hope for success.



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