Lee Enterprises

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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 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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    Great Environment and Helpful People

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) Munster, IN

    ProsStrong training helps you learn the ropes Helpful supervisors are there if you need any questions answered. Any information about the multiple newspapers is available on the computer, so memorizing isn't a requirement. You can always look up what you need to know. Most employees have been there several years (one for 40!)

    ConsCustomers can be very rude and demanding. Hours can be long, and you have to stare at two computer screens your entire shift. It can be uncomfortable after a few hours - like any desk job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up! I've felt comfortable since I started, and I believe the networking and communication here is very clear and concise.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The people who work here care

    Reporter (Current Employee) Longview, WA

    ProsStrong community ties, loyal readership, commitment to accuracy, wins awards every year, and the staff cares about their work and each other. Good health benefits & 401K.

    ConsNot everyone who leaves is replaced, and those who are replaced aren't replaced very quickly. No raises in years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaises would lift morale and make it easier to hire quality staff that will stay longer. Hire an assistant city editor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great coworkers, great customer service, poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Longview, WA

    ProsComparable pay for entry level employees, friendly staff, active in the community.

    ConsNo raises for years - pay freeze. Working late when sales staff missed deadlines and production staff had to stay after-hours to get everything done. Sales Staff got commission (aka a reward for missing a deadline) production team (graphics, prepress, printing staff, circulation, carriers) got longer hours with no reward. No overtime. No employee incentive program, little to no training program for new employees, slow on equipment upgrades. High turnover rate, especially in circulation, sales staff and carriers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployee incentives for all staff, not just sales team. Manager training.

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    Five years at corporate

    Director (Former Employee) Davenport, IA

    ProsGreat CEO. Friendly people. Commitment to quality. Excellent communications.

    ConsShort-sighted middle management. Slow transformation.

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    Good people trying hard in a tough industry

    Inside Sales Manager (Current Employee) Chippewa Falls, WI

    ProsThe company is full of people who really seem to care about their work - professional journalists. They are dedicated to the idea of spreading news for the good of the community knowledge. Most people truly seem to work hard every day.

    ConsThe company doesn't (or can't) offer competitive salary to keep the high talent people they need to turn things around.

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    I had a good experience - many factors can determine if you do, too

    Reporter (Former Employee) Central Valley, CA

    ProsGood place to start. I had a nice amount of independence and was trusted to do my work well. From what I have heard vaguely from others in the field, Lee is one of the "less evil" companies. The benefits were excellent, even if the salary was low. It was as low-pressure of an atmosphere as you could expect from a newspaper.

    ConsLow pay, a lot of variance depending on what office you worked in. It could really change the way your work-day looked, even if the next office is ten or twenty minutes away. The variables could include what your boss is like, what your coworkers are like, how the office is set up, what geographical area you cover, and if you get on someone's bad side or good side - which would seem to apply at any company. That is meant more as a caveat. Working in a small office means conflicts are more pronounced. The building was kind of old and had rats.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI didn't know enough about how "senior management" ran things to really give them advice. I had no problems with them, but I didn't see them much on a day-to-day basis. From what I've heard from other people in general (outside the company), not seeing senior management on a day-to-day basis isn't always a bad thing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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