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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
Lee Enterprises – Davenport – “Lee Enterprises Corporate Office”

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.4 58 reviews

30% Approve of the CEO

Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck

Mary E. Junck

(30 ratings)

26% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good entry-level position for the sales and reporting fields; you are basically thrown into the fire, which is actually a good way to learn your job(in 4 reviews)

  • There are a lot of good people throughout the company who work hard and care about producing great work every day(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • No raises or incentives for production, only sales(in 6 reviews)

  • Very low pay, even for an industry known for(in 4 reviews)

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    Salary means overworked and underpa

    District Manager (Current Employee) Munster, IN

    ProsNone, company doesn't see people only dollar signs

    ConsManagement can fire people at will

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget the little people who got you where you are

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

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    Learning a lot, but times are very uncertain

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood entry-level position for the sales and reporting fields; you are basically thrown into the fire, which is actually a good way to learn your job.

    ConsNo raises, medical insurance is not good, management doesn't communicate with each other. Constant layoffs makes you wonder if you're next.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove communication with each other and keep the employees in mind re: stress and giving them too much work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Grueling micromanagers, climate of fear prevails.

    Editor (Former Employee)

    ProsComplete resume job. Work here and move on as soon as you have a few months under your belt. You'll be worked to death, paid the industry minimum but you will get plenty of experience.

    ConsCorporate constantly imposing ludicrous and sometimes inexplicable tasks. Management expects long hours for little compensation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your people what they are worth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They try to wring too much out of too little staff.

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Munster, IN

    ProsThey are always hiring, so it's pretty easy to get in the door. I enjoyed the variety of people and conversations I had had throughout the work day. You could make bonus money based on your ability to upsell and collect on delinquent accounts. It offers part-time positions above minimum wage, which can be hard to find. It also offers various start/end times.

    ConsYou are expected to be accepting calls at all times. If you put your phone in not-ready for any reason, even to go to the bathroom, you were timed to the second. It was very lonely because you got in trouble if you stopped taking calls to have even a brief conversation with a coworker. Expected to memorize massive amounts of information that was unrealistic, especially at that pay level. If you are full time salary - they will work you to death with no overtime.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave employee groups that specialized in a few newspapers or a geographic area, rather than having everyone cover all 15 newspapers, in 9 states, and 3 time zones. It's too much information for employees to handle well.

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    Always cutting

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are committed to journalism and are great to work with.

    ConsConstant focus on layoffs and wage freezes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat team to work with

    ConsNo raises or incentives for production, only sales. More worried about quantity than quality

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mixed bag

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Munster, IN

    Pros- Got to work with some really great people that challenged me and helped me grow, before I was promotoed
    - Had a lot of freedom to find the best solution to problems, before I was promoted
    - Managers were generally very open to ideas and encouraging
    - Over all, really great people

    Cons- Salary, very difficult to maintain a lifestyle on what they paid. Infrequent raises and usually just "cost of living" raises.
    - Received a promotion and when asked for a salary requirement, was told it couldn't be above {X}, stupid me took the job anyway and was laid off about a year later
    - Creativity was stifled by the corporate office, very very difficult to do anything that wasn't exactly like all 51 other papers
    - Frequent lay-offs and furloughs, which for salaried employees meant a pay cut to our already difficult to manage salaries
    - Cost saving "periods" where local depts weren't allowed to buy anything, but bathrooms were remodeled and a large newspaper was purchased
    - No confidence in the corporate leadership to make decisions that would actually help or benefit the company, evident by how the organization was staffed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange with the times...you have to be able to pay people if you dream of being able to keep them. Constantly rotating experienced, talented professionals out and replacing them with fresh college grads is a tough way to excel.

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

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    Downward spiral

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCreative freedom. Good people to work with.

    ConsNo money for anything. No hope of promotion or raises.

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    An Eye Opening and Stressful 18 Months

    Graphic Designer (Former Employee) Longview, WA

    Pros- Benefits were generous, including health insurance and two weeks vacation after the first three months of employment and paid sick leave
    - The work was fast paced and interesting. There was lots of good work experience to be had as an entry level graphic designer, specifically working with clients and completing large projects in a short amount of time.

    Cons- Little opportunity for career advancement. All upper management at the newspaper I worked for came from the sales department.
    - No raises for hourly employees.
    - Stressful work environment. Newspaper ads have extremely tight deadlines, and we often did not have enough staff to complete the assigned work in a timely fashion. Also, we were heavily discouraged from taking overtime. I cannot recommend this job to anyone who has a anxious or excitable. personality.
    - Atmosphere of uncertainty. In the last year of my employment, many workers left or were fired with no explanation given to those left behind. People would just disappear and their cubicles would be cleaned out by the time everybody got back from lunch. Socializing was also discouraged by management because of our perpetually tight deadlines.
    - Attendance and punctuality are top priorities, those who need more flexibility should consider working elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to be open an honest about policies and rule changes. Also, listen to your employees' concerns before you agree to implement sales gimmicks or advertising schemes.

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

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    High turnover

    Lee Local Sales (Former Employee) Davenport, IA

    ProsI loved a lot of the people I worked with and when sales are good...things are amazing. The money, when I first started, was amazing.

    ConsUnfortunately, they would rather be a boiler room than a successful marketing company. They have a tendancy to come up with new product ideas and launch it with no research. Their billing department is a mess. Their turnover rate is unbelieveable. Money is the bottom line. It does not matter how long you have been there, they will fire you with no notice. The benefits are horrible as well. The commission structure was amazing, then they tried to make it more "new hire" friendly, then they basically paid out the same on every sale no matter how high. Tends to fire all of the employees that are loysl to them

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the mass firing and mass hiring. You cannot fire a group of people for budget reasons and then rehire 20 new people a month later. Don't be so cold when letting the people go you have worked for for a long time. It is sad and hurtful.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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