Lee Enterprises
2.5 of 5 57 reviews
www.lee.net Davenport, IA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated Jun 21, 2014
Lee Enterprises – Davenport – “Lee Enterprises Corporate Office”

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2.5 57 reviews

                             

31% Approve of the CEO

Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck

Mary E. Junck

(29 ratings)

27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Sales people are going to sell you a boring job

    Advertising Assistant (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsThe other workers. Not much to do.

    ConsFrequent changes, no direction. The paper industry is whithering.

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

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    Newsprint is almost part of the past...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    Prosbenefits, great group of people to work with

    Consuncertainty of job, average salary, no room for advancement in career

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people working in a tough environment due to changing industry

    Circulation Sales and Marketing (Former Employee)
    Albany, OR

    ProsAlways had the best interest of the employees

    ConsMoved too slowly and cautiously - changes in the industry were reacted too and not anticipated, no creativity in problem solving for new revenue models and opportunities

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes and try some crazy things that will take you out of the established way of operating.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    My coworkers were great, but the top level administration was hit-or-miss at best.

    Sports Desk Clerk (Former Employee)
    Lincoln, NE

    ProsI loved working with knowledgeable people who shared my interests and hobbies and I appreciated the laid-back atmosphere in the newsroom. (I worked nights.)

    ConsThe administration sometimes gets into micromanagement, which is really obnoxious. I didn't experience a ton of it because I worked nights and the higher-ups were all out of the office then. But the sense I got from talking to people and seeing the emails they sent out was that working during the day was not nearly so pleasant as working nights. The training I went through bore this out--I actually had to go through training on how to handle workplace "slips, trips, and spills." Not joking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFiguring out a strategy to make the newspaper business successful long-term is going to be really difficult, but you don't help by chasing off independent creative types with your micro-management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Innovation and morale are sapped

    Online News Editor (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are a lot of good people throughout the company who work hard and care about producing great work every day.

    ConsWhen I left the company, corporate debt and budget cuts had forced furloughs, salary freezes and brought on universal low morale. Most managers appear to be working hard just to get by with thinner staffs, smaller news holes and burned out employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore innovation and creative thinking, and less micro-management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A stress free and satisfying place to work but with little oppurtunity for advancement.

    Press Operator (Current Employee)
    Longview, WA

    ProsSolid benifits. Friendly coworkers. Hardworking local management. Get lots of training on the operating and maintenance of offset presses. Really good paid vacation and paid holidays.

    ConsConcerns about job security. Rate of pay seems below average. Press equipment is outdated and not in the best of shape. Need more innovation and ideas to attract more business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI feel that there needs to be more innovation and changes made to adapt to a changing newspaper business that is being negatively effected by the internet.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The work is easy but compensation is extremely low.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsLee is a large company with media products in many parts of the country. There are opportunities to move to other cities and maintain your work for Lee.

    ConsThe news industry as a whole is notorius for low pay. Lee is on the low end of even the news industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart offering competitive salaries and you will begin acquiring more talented people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great stepping stone, but not a long term career

    Retail Advertising Sales (Current Employee)
    Carbondale, IL

    ProsWith outside sales, you get lots of freedom. Developing ad campaigns can be fun, if the client is easy to work with. Most of all GAINING SALES EXPERIENCE is the the best part about this job. This a great place develop sales skills and get a few years experience under your belt. This is definitely just a stepping stone kind of job, I think there are difficult times ahead for newspapers and I wouldn't want to be a sales rep for the next 5 or 10 years.

    ConsThere are many incompetent managers in Lee. However, the paper I worked for replaced the management with a very good staff. Although they try, they still do not embrace technology to the extent they should. Obviously, the industry is in a major transitional phase to online, so there is no guarantee how long you might have a job. At times, the sales goals are unrealistic.

    Advice to Senior Managementembrace technology and the transition to online news

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    Needs work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Twin Falls, ID

    ProsOverall, flexibility on coverage is valued. However, political views of senior editors sometime dictate editing of stories.

    ConsMen seem to be valued more than women.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed competitive salaries otherwise, newspaper becomes a "stepping stone" along career path- which devalues news offered. Once a reporter masters beat and is delivering in depth, watchdog reports, they move on. It's fluff for sure until new reporter finds their feet.

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    OK place to work

    Designer (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsSupportive work environment. Great co-workers.

    ConsNewspaper is not the most exciting industry to in right now. Lack of possibility of career advancement is also a draw back.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo feedback.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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