Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated June 21, 2014
Updated June 21, 2014
60 Reviews
2.6
60 Reviews
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Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck
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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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  1.  

    Sales people are going to sell you a boring job

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    Former Employee - Advertising Assistant  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Advertising Assistant in Madison, WI

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The other workers. Not much to do.

    Cons

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

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

    Newsprint is almost part of the past...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    benefits, great group of people to work with

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people working in a tough environment due to changing industry

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    Former Employee - Circulation Sales and Marketing  in  Albany, OR
    Former Employee - Circulation Sales and Marketing in Albany, OR

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Always had the best interest of the employees

    Cons

    Moved 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 ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and try some crazy things that will take you out of the established way of operating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    My coworkers were great, but the top level administration was hit-or-miss at best.

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    Former Employee - Sports Desk Clerk  in  Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Sports Desk Clerk in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Lee Enterprises part-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Figuring 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Innovation and morale are sapped

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    Former Employee - Online News Editor
    Former Employee - Online News Editor

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    When 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 ManagementAdvice

    More innovation and creative thinking, and less micro-management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    Current Employee - Press Operator  in  Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Press Operator in Longview, WA

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Solid 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.

    Cons

    Concerns 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The work is easy but compensation is extremely low.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises

    Pros

    Lee 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start offering competitive salaries and you will begin acquiring more talented people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great stepping stone, but not a long term career

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    Current Employee - Retail Advertising Sales  in  Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Retail Advertising Sales in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises

    Pros

    With 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    embrace technology and the transition to online news

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Needs work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Twin Falls, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Twin Falls, ID

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Men seem to be valued more than women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    OK place to work

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Designer in Madison, WI

    I worked at Lee Enterprises

    Pros

    Supportive work environment. Great co-workers.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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