Gannett
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www.gannett.com McLean, VA 5000+ Employees

Gannett Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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2.6 350 reviews

                             

48% Approve of the CEO

Gannett President & CEO Gracia Martore

Gracia Martore

(118 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good benefits, pay good for area, schedule somewhat flexible to balance family and work"
    in 14 reviews
  • "There are many good people within the company but a few spoil it for everyone"
    in 14 reviews
Cons:
  • "Too much senior management that has been unable to produce expected results"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Lots of cost cutting, terrible culture"
    in 7 reviews
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    Overworked and underpaid

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot many good reasons. It's the biggest newspaper company so there aren't many other choices.

    ConsLow pay, no pay raises, benefits suck, employees are FTEs, not people. Easily hundreds of labor violations that go unreported because people are worried about retaliation. Company is ruled by fear. No real vision of how to turn around the profit losses other than to cut expenses, said FTEs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit. Get some people in who have a clue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great fit for some, but not for me

    Account Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsGannett has a reasonable benefits package, and because of the size of the company, many divisions to choose from and many locations.

    ConsThe work-life balance is non-existent, pay is, I believe, above average in the sales jobs, but continue to ask for more and more from employees for less and less. Commissioned positions should offer more flexibility if goals are being met.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees as people, not just numbers on a spreadsheet. Make time to communicate with employees, and you will see better results.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Poughkeepsie, NY

    ProsIt used to be really good money, and never got boring!

    Consmajor stress, unreasonable expectations at times

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your good people. don't allow strife in the office.

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    Changing industry

    Corporate Vice President (Current Employee)
    McLean, VA

    Prosfinancially stable company with strong commitment to managing expenses. Trying new things and focus on a variety of digital initiatives is positive. company is trying hard to evolve and is clearly a leader in local media. Positioned pretty well for the future.

    Consdifficult and rapidly changing industry. Many different directions and priorities change quickly. sometimes too many hoops and players to get things done, Difficult to evolve legacy media businesses.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work - you don't want to stay too long

    Director of Business Development (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIt's not company headquarters there's a lot of freedom. There are some good smart people at the office in LA. Decent work/life balance.

    Consthere are some people in management positions that shouldn't be there. People have been given promotions due to favortism. Some mid-level managers are unprofessional, but they're in another office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize some of the people who do a good job day in day out

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unethical Management

    Newsroom (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsDedicated worker bees despite knowing they were getting used and chewed up before being spit out for fresh meat

    ConsFurloughs every 6 weeks while CEO gives top mgt million dollar bonuses for saving money on your furloughs

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo to jail

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a friendly environment and respected there employees.

    Fulfilment (Former Employee)
    Louisville, KY

    ProsGood environment, friendly people, and your a respected employee.

    ConsThe companies pay scale is average.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience was really average. The people are okay.

    Community Relations Intern (Former Employee)
    Tallahassee, FL

    ProsNot extremely fast paced.

    ConsNot a lot of upward mobility.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, lousy corporation.

    Reporter (Former Employee)
    Livonia, MI

    ProsPeople you work with are wonderful and editors care about sections and story content. It's hard to describe office culture because reporters spend nearly all of their time out of the office covering stories, which isn't a bad thing. Still it's nice when you see other reporters and editors to discuss story ideas and coverage. Long hours with flexible schedules can be tiring, but it is nice to have that flexibility.

    ConsWish there were more perks and hope that the news industry turns around.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor upper mgmt

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFormerly Gannett Local
    Nice/friendly people
    Some opps for advancement, but most are hired from outside

    ConsPoor upper mgmt
    Disconnected mgmt
    Poor raises and few reviews
    No work/life balance
    Now has poor benefits
    Endless cubes (think call center)

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet connected to your people
    Work on keeping your good talent
    Keep getting people who can actually help (do work) and not just manage
    Consider for a moment that someone else in the room might be just as smart as you

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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