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Gannett Reviews in Cincinnati, OH

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
412 Reviews
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Pros
  • There are many good people within the company but a few spoil it for everyone (in 15 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is pretty good for everyone outside of the sports department (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Having a healthy work/life balance is something that's frowned upon (in 8 reviews)

  • Too much senior management that has been unable to produce expected results (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great learning experience but definite issues with Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Automation Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - QA Automation Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supports growth in a career. Allows for training opportunities. Opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Pay is extremely below the market value. Upper management does not step in to help with middle management issues, even though they say they know and understand. Allows middle management kill morale and wipe out entire teams before taking action. Worked on average 70+ hours a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your star employees and put them where they can shine. Do not leave them in places where it kills their ambition and morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started out great, turned into opposite

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Loved working with the corporation until the layoffs started. Like my workplace. Liked my fellow co-workers. Excellent salary for my expertise.

    Cons

    Management turned into a nightmare. Spiteful, good'old girl network. Sad way to treat quality people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treating people with dignity and respect shows character. I loved working for your company until the integrity declined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dishonest Practices + Poor Morale = Worst Job of My Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Local Sales Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Local Sales Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Gannett full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The insurance is decent, and some of the employees possess great teamwork.

    Cons

    The job title and description (as well as the promised compensation) that I received during the interview process did not line up with the actual job. Instead of a marketing role, I learned quickly that I was in a sales role. The company does not have a training structure, which made the job nearly impossible to do effectively since I had no prior newspaper or sales experience.

    To make matters worse, the environment was completely unstable with almost 100% turnover in a couple of years. I even witnessed two downsizes in other departments during my short time with the company. Management within my department would publicly berate an employee in front of other teammates, creating constant fear of job loss.

    When new leadership took over, I was forced out, instead of receiving proper guidance and support. HR listened to my concerns, but they did not investigate my issues with the culture. Gannett preaches work/life balance, but my department did not incorporate that philosophy. We were expected to work long hours, including weekends, to get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your employees in terms of on-the-job training and support from management. The managers within my department only cared about the bottom line, and that mantra along with inaccurate job descriptions are what led to extreme turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Reporter in Cincinnati, OH

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

    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.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wishing I had left sooner.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Editor in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Gannett

    Pros

    Free copy of papers provided at office.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and furloughs while top brass rake in bonuses. Company cares more about the bottom line than putting out a top-notch product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of handing out excessive bonuses to the top echelon, re-invest in the company by hiring more and better reporters, columnists and editors instead of cutting their jobs to the bone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Visionary leadership, dysfunctional culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Journalist in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Journalist in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    Visionary leadership moved Gannett into digital realms faster than other newspaper companies
    Slow to hire, but also slow to lay off (usually)
    Not bankrupt

    Cons

    Dysfunctional corporate culture often pits manager against manager
    Innovation from the ground up is discouraged
    Large, overly bureaucratic organization
    Poor communication at all levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees to innovate. Give them the time, resources and training to develop their own ideas, especially in digital. Encourage bottom-up solutions.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent but Not Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    Pretty good compensation
    Very nice benefits
    Decent opportunity for professional growth
    Good facilities
    Can usually get tickets to very nice local events

    Cons

    They are in a declining industry and are struggling to make do
    They have been laying off a lot of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to make more revenue in the current economy
    Find a new model for doing business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inovate, Respond or Give up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Director in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    Exciting, fast paced and ever changing as they try to compete and find revenue streams in the face of dying circulation numbers. Great teams that love the business but without a voice that Management hears. They have responded well with CareerBuilder.com (which is a joint effort with other major newspaper chains), but have not found answers to their other two major revenue streams (Real Estate and Auto)

    Cons

    Dying industry, Gannet was too slow to react to the internet and instant news. Too focused on today's bottom-line to invest in the future of their business, and in many cases have become nothing more than a glorified delivery service of print media and print ads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team and your customers and respond quickly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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