Gannett

www.gannett.com
Employer Engaged
There are newer employer reviews for Gannett

 

Pretty good

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Intern - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
Former Intern - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

I worked at Gannett as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Friendly coworkers make your day a lot easier. People are always willing to teach interns how things work and there is a camaraderie among pretty much everyone on the newsroom floor. Also, relationships made there tend to last long (so lots of career help).

Cons

There's a really clear distinction between the upper management and the newsroom. Sometimes it even borders on feeling like a weird caste system. This can cause some resentment and drama if you pay attention to it. Also, interns are unpaid and can't do anything hands-on, basically just leaving them with all the grunt work that no one else wants to do.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay the interns

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

441 Other Employee Reviews for Gannett (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Only Work Here if You Need to Feed Your Family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer
    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    You can have some success if you are willing to swallow some pride. However you are warned that if you show even the slightest amount of proficiency you'll be swallowed up into a specialty team where you can expect even shorter deadlines and more micromanagement.

    If you can succeed here, you've shown your next employer that you can handle a production environment.

    Cons

    You are not designing at Gannett, you are cranking out (CUSSWORDS) flash ads. The kind that drove you to install ad-blocker on your computer so you'll never have to see them again. You have less than an hour to complete an ad from start to finish, sometimes with no more direction than the client's name and a poorly provided copy of their logo. It is not uncommon for an ad rep to provide you with such designer friendly assets as word docs, photographed/scanned logos (complete with pen/ink on the piece of paper they took a picture of, we're supposed to be a digital department.)

    You get all of your creative direction from a sales rep, not a creative director. This comes in the form of a document that has either little to no actual instruction, or waaaaaay too much stupid animation requests. If your idea of selling mexican food is to have a cartoon taco walk onto the screen, stuff meat into itself, and then have a giant grab it before taking a bite out of it, then you might be a Gannett ad rep. If you have a good product and a succinct message, it will sell. Stupid animation just for the sake of getting attention won't help, it just CUSSWORDS off the end user. Expect plenty of soul sucking requests like that during your stay at Gannett.

    You get next to no feedback on your work after your initial training. You'll get a ton of 'you messed this up' errors thrown at you when you first start, but you will NEVER hear anything positive from either the client or a sale's rep. We used to have a "kudos" program where you could get some recognition but that was taken away because CUSSWORDS you that's why. We were never given a good reason, now it's just "there's a replacement program coming soon guys." That was months ago.

    SPEC WORK: Remember how your design professors taught you all about spec work and why it's a bad thing? Gannett doesn't give a flying CUSSWORDS about that. Be ready for a lot of it.

    Again, as a designer you'll be building web ads in Adobe Flash. This tech is deader than dead. You are not furthering your career.

    The hours are terrible. Expect to start off on a night shift, and then wait your turn until a day spot opens up. Not a problem if you're a night owl, otherwise unless you get extremely lucky expect to wait over a year, by then you'll be wanting to leave anyway. We've been working mandatory overtime (help is on the way guys) since March due to turnover. You typically won't know if you have to work OT until the very last minute, making planning ANYTHING difficult.

    Pay is absurdly low. Turnover is extremely high. This will likely never change. Vacation/Sick time DOES NOT CARRYOVER from one year to the next. Couple that with the fact that most dates on the calendar are either limited time off or blacked out. Want a day off in November? Go CUSSWORDS yourself, it's black friday month.

    Virtually every promotion after the initial designer position takes you out of you know, actually designing things. This is not a place for a career oriented designer, unless you want to be entry level for your entire career. This is a first stop on your path, nothing more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back up your artists. Give them the tools to succeed. Some actual continuing education would be a great start. The digital world is moving very fast, yet Gannett is not. Your designers are being left behind by being stuck working with outdated programs like flash.

    Provide your designers with feedback on their work. Designers get better when going through a critique.

    Stop taking the site's side all the time. When your first instinct is to issue an error when the site emails or calls a traffic person, you are doing it wrong. The entire approach of "error first, investigate later" does nothing but breed contempt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Will squeeze profits from employees anyway they can...benefits, commissions, salary, mileage, expenses.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great experience. You will leave with training and experience that will be invaluable. This on your resume will look very good.

    Cons

    Micro management in its purest form. You will spend 1/2 your time on salesforce.com and the rest on redundant training. I would NEVER work for another company that thinks salesforce is a good idea. Every year for the last 5 years I have made less money than the year before, and sold more...they manipulate commissions so your can't make money. They used Obama care as an excuse to cut our medical insurance to the bare bones and then briefly mentioned how they are self-insured. No co-pays...higher rates, ridiculous deductibles. The layers of management are impossible to navigate. The small group I worked in has 7 salespeople with turnover in the past year alone of 15 people. 5 managers in 3 years not even included. Classic case of over promise and under deliver. They are particularly harsh on long term and older employees. Inflexible culture that does not foster innovation or creativity. The only employees who have had a raise since 2009 are managers. The company then thinks it's a moral boost to send a corporate wide email about how debt free and profitable the company is...at the expense of the employees. The fact that no one at the corporate level even gets that speaks volumes. This could be the study case on corporate culture in the new age. Squeeze customers for more and give them less. Take the product and offer less and charge more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simple...hire good people, pay them well and trust them to do their jobs. Your CRM and management style is so restrictive that I don't think you get more than 30% efficiency from your salesforce. Combined with those inefficiencies, the fact that you have such a huge turnover means that inexperience and training eats the value of those new employees. Most won't stay. Someone at the top decided the more micro managing the better...totally counterproductive. It is all a time suck for both mangers and salespeople. I had a new manager from another group who spent the last 6 weeks on nothing other than trying to make salesforce comply...and I mean nothing. The person you should hire is your salesforce.com rep. Now they did a sales job!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for Gannett

Work at Gannett? Share Your Experiences

Gannett

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.