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

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Gray Television

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 ManagementAdvice

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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    Good Place to Start, Bad Place for Longevity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gray Television full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of new skills to learn and build resume with, mostly friendly staff, ability to network and meet people with similar goals. SOME managers are absolutely great to work with. A good place to see how the local television industry works.

    Cons

    Vindictive upper management, low pay, raises few and far between and when they do happen they are often so small that you don't really see the increase in pay due to taxes eating it all up. Not much room at all for true advancement. Think waiting 10 plus years for someone else to retire so you could "maybe" get that position. Awful hours, almost no one behind the scenes will ever work normal hours, you are either there way before the sun comes up or there way after it has gone down, so kiss a normal life goodbye. Ridiculous/wasteful drug testing policy. Ultra factory like work if you happen to be at an automated station, if not it may seem less like that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting money on "random" drug tests to 9.99 times out of 10 NOT bust them. Reinvest money into upgraded technology AS WELL AS the people who use that tech. Think about lowering turnover and the costs of hiring new when you could just reward current employees with REAL raises they truly deserve and in return keep a well rounded, well trained, well experience staff that will actually know what the heck they are doing and talking about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Good training market

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gray Television

    Pros

    Entry Level Training IN A Small market that is tough for new journalists but good experience that can make or break you.

    Cons

    Structured culture and traditional thinking management style. Station departments do not always go with team practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let them fly

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