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Reasonably Progressive Company at the Local Level but Some Senior HQ Suits Utterly Lack Tact

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Gray Television

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The company does a better than average job of running the 36 television stations it owns in 30 small to mid sized U.S. local markets. In an industry beset by change - both technological (e.g. the migration to HD) and economic (e.g. the global economic meltdown of 2008/2009) - Gray has coped better than most. I found local management to be dedicated, hardworking and, in a few cases, exceptional. Local staff was mostly young, eager, friendly, too. There was a sense of team spirit and there was little or no back stabbing.

Cons

Larger technological and economic forces afoot in the land make employment at ANY television station an iffy proposition in this day and age. Gray is implementing Ross OverDrive across its entire station group. Inevitably, this automation technology will mean cutbacks in operations staff - particularly in News. Such staff cuts - especially if they are deep - may well bring visits to affected local stations from the suits at HQ. And with at least some of the HQ suits will come problems in the areas of attitude, behavior and respect toward local employees that will only make a bad situation worse.

Advice to Management

Some HQ suits need to get over themselves and realize that the real world at the local station level is where the money is made that makes their compensation packages possible. And they need to understand that the local folk who inhabit these outposts do not necessarily perceive emissaries from Corporate with the same delusions of grandeur as can tend to afflict such visitors from afar.

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  1. Great first job, I learned a lot.

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Grand Junction, CO
    Former Employee - Reporter in Grand Junction, CO

    I worked at Gray Television full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment. Tons of experience; writing, editing, producing, and on camera.

    Cons

    Long hours, you often work over-time but your are not allowed to take overtime pay. Low salary.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary and allow reporters to get paid for the overtime that is often required to re-write stories for multiple shows as well as the web.

  2. I wish more people had a voice at Gray.

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    Current Employee - Newscast Director
    Current Employee - Newscast Director

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

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

    Pros

    Gray offers a good vacation package, and has a tiered health package and offers life insurance for over twice your annual pay and has 401k.

    Cons

    They are not financially supportive on upgrades or improvements to building or equipment. Does not keep up well with staffing. Poor communication between departments and lackluster pay.

    Advice to Management

    Go to departments to check in with staff and to see what they actually do. Try to get a better understanding of situations staff members are put into.

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