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Local offices are treading water while corporate can't accept industry's future

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Current Employee - Editor  in  Boston, MA
Current Employee - Editor in Boston, MA

I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time for more than a year

Pros

There are lots of opportunities for a self-motivated journalist to gain new experiences and grow a portfolio
Relatively flexible hours, decent benefits
Good support locally, some experienced professionals to learn from
Co-workers are dedicated, hardworking and loyal (until they get burned out)

Cons

Pay is below industry standards, especially for location
Lots of turnover, low morale
Directives from national corporate are tone-deaf to regional consumers, workload of staff
Equipment and technology embarrassingly inadequate, outdated

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If employees don't see an opportunity to advance, high turnover will continue endlessly.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Not a place for growth

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    Former Employee - Page Designer
    Former Employee - Page Designer

    I worked at GateHouse Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good starter job
    - Creative workplace
    - Willing to teach you what you don't know
    - Almost everyone was a delight to work with
    - Pretty lax work environment unless you break deadline

    Cons

    - Working on a daily basis with editors of newspapers from across the country -- the editors were either overbearing and did not trust the page designers or did not care at all about how their paper turned out
    - With anything in the journalism industry, the hours were crazy (mainly second-shift and weekends don't exist), but the biggest problem with this would be reaching the editors after they left their office
    - The transition took up a lot of time and talent and I don't see the quality of papers increasing within the next few years
    - The company was going through bankruptcy and was still buying papers and moving to TX... I think they had a lot of ideas, but the reality of the situation is that they are putting a lot of money into the dying print industry rather than update to digital
    - Overall contributing to the death of journalism and locally owned newspapers

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's better than nothing

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    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives
    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, freedom to come and go on sales calls without having to check in or clock out, better than being unemployed

    Cons

    No one knows what's going on, poor communication with upper management, too top heavy, too many products to sell with bare bones staff, constantly trying to reduce commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the programs that aren't working and focus more on print and directly only advertising. Communicate with us all directly instead of expecting things to trickle down through the many managers and assistants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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