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It's a job, but only for the desperate or deluded.

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Former Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Broadcast Engineer in Atlanta, GA

I worked at Gannett full-time (More than 8 years)

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

Pros

being part of a large media organization with many wonderful coworkers
decent health insurance:

Gannett's large network of television stations and newspapers gives it a very large influence in the mass media industry, and unlike other media conglomerates, senior management seem to at least be aware of their shrinking market.

Cons

micro-managed cookie-cutter expectations by corporate, no work/life balance, terrible pay, bloated middle-management heavy workforce more interested in self-service than furthering company interests and no advancement opportunities for qualified or experienced workers.

 If you know what you are doing, your knowledge and experience are liabilities to being employed by Gannett rather than assets to be utilized. If you do have the misfortune of working for them, expect to see newly-hired and completely unqualified personnel be continuously promoted while you clean up their messes and take the blame for their mistakes. That recent college graduate who can barely perform any of his job duties will be your boss in under two years if he/she stays with the company that long. Meanwhile, the folks who have put in decades of hard work on weekends, holidays, and irregular shifts can expect that once the precedent is set for them to work those times, they will never have any opportunity to advance or receive any meaningful increase in pay.

Advice to Management

Reduce the number of managers making ridiculous salaries who "manage" 3 people or less and pay your rank-and-file workers a decent living wage.

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  1. Horrible company.

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Reporter in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Gannett full-time (More than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I would not recommend that anybody work for this company unless they are absolute desperate for a job. On the positive side, parts of this company have been known for advances in Affirmative Action, which I see as a definite plus.

    Cons

    The only thing this company is the bottom line. This company cares nothing about quality, as long as the money is rolling in at a sufficient rate. It has some of the poorest managers I have encountered. It is known in recent decades for hiring young employees because they are cheap.


  2. Old boy network is alive and well at Gannett if you are management, if not good luck.

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

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, though its the same base level as it was 10 years ago with more deductions. Great staff down at the line level. You can park your brain at the door and get through the day just fine.

    Cons

    Frozen pay, managers that pat themselves on the back and spin everything to avoid responsibility. The managers exemplify Orwellian concepts found in Animal Farm and 1984, whilst forgetting that these were required reading for many in high school. As others have written, drink the Kool-Aid, replace your neck with a bobble spring and keep your opinions to yourself if they differ from the corporate line. Forward thinking from line level employees is given lip service and then ignored. If they could, Gannett would take a 10% tithe for the "priviledge" of working at one of their properties.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership at the local level is survival by agreeing with the people in McLean so but they need to look at the local market and saying "this is not what our base wants" so we are going to stay the course rather than listen to the consultants from somewhere far away with connections in Virginia. Spend the money to upgrade and repair instead of the string and bubble gum approach to keep things working. Increase our pay - if McLean can double salaries and hand out ridiculous bonuses for themselves while the rank and file took pay cuts, unpaid furloughs and increased workloads to "keep the company afloat" just exemplifies management's attitude towards workers. This isn't the old south and the workplace is not a plantation, so keep your food and t-shirts and give us the pay we deserve and merit. Remember the base, the internet is not the new end all income stream.


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