Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
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  1. High performance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lee Enterprises

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of training and development

    Cons

    Publicly held company, high pressure

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees engaged in a personal manner

  2. Delivered Papers and Thrifty Nickels as Independent Contractor

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    Former Contractor - Independent Contractor in Davenport, IA
    Former Contractor - Independent Contractor in Davenport, IA

    I worked at Lee Enterprises as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Enjoy my customers and deliverying papers

    Cons

    only made 11 cents for daily and Saturday paper and 30 cents a paper on Sunday. My entire paycheck was under 650.00 per month minus 200.00 for gas. So I was making well under minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    The expense to customers for the newspaper for monthly subscriptions and vending price is $1.00 per newspaper daily and $2.00 on Sunday. Even though the increased the price of the newspaper for customers they never raised the carriers wages never increased, the carriers for Lee enterprises have not raised the carriers wages in over a decade even with the inflation of gas and oil making it hard to keep even quality carriers who get up every day 7 days a week in every type of weather to work for pennies for their company now this is what I call loyalty is any carrier who stays past a year for that type of wage.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great people/culture, challenging industry

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    Former Employee - Subscription Sales
    Former Employee - Subscription Sales

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Reasonable, trusting people. Interesting industry/company. Definitely has and executes on a core competency. I had great experiences w/everyone, even HR. A very nice place to work.

    Cons

    Jobs are scarce and require travel throughout the properties. Pay is low just due to industry.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Behind on technology and communication

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises

    Pros

    Steady schedule, benefits, decent pay. After working an ever changing work schedule, it was nice to switch to an 8-5 job. I enjoy the set schedule and ability to know when I work next. The benefits are pretty normal for a job like this. Nothing great, but it's better than nothing!

    Cons

    Way behind on the technology offered for creating and booking advertisements. The system runs so slow and makes life a lot harder than it should be. There is a lack of communication from the top to the bottom. The bottom is the last to know everything and they are the one's who have to deal with the public. It makes them look bad when they are not informed of changes or problems. There is no moving up so you are pretty much stuck where you get hired.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your people. Actually follow through with changes implemented.

  6. Nice benefits. Very little training

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    Current Employee - Ad Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Ad Sales in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Local paper, corporate benefits

    Cons

    Very little training, limited sales tools available

    Advice to Management

    Offer sales training.

  7. 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 (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The other workers. Not much to do.

    Cons

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

  8. 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 (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, great group of people to work with

    Cons

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

  9. 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 (more than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. 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 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (3)

    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 (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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