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Gannett Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
409 Reviews
2.5
409 Reviews
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Gannett President & CEO Gracia Martore
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Review Highlights

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.  

    I worked for Gannett for about three years in their Information Technology department. I found it a great place to learn

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Palm Springs, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Palm Springs, CA

    I have been working at Gannett

    Pros

    Everyone was very pleasant to me and I was able to get the mentoring support I needed to do my job even better.

    Cons

    There were times when it was impersonal, but I expected some level of that being in a typical large organization's technology department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up what you are doing, but remember that these are people that you are employing and they have needs outside of just money. Overall great place .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the worst media company to work for, but not the best either

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gannett

    Pros

    Gannett owns several high profile, quality stations that crank out admirable work. The company is pushing to stay ahead of the curve in the race to figure out where news is going.

    Cons

    News has inherently expensive operating costs, and when newspapers and tv stations are your primary source of revenue, you have to make them profitable. Unfortunately, that hurts the product & leaves employees frustrated. Not enough people to do the work that needs to be done. Also, healthcare coverage for anyone other than the employee (i.e. covering your family) is incredibly expensive.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gannett

    Pros

    good culture, good benefits and chance of advancement. Great pay sturcture

    Cons

    long hours, work-life balance. should listen to people in the field more

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company, but Needs to Share Ideas About the Future of the Industry.

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    Former Employee - Operation Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Operation Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Good People, no more "boys club" atmosphere, ability to move up. Great benefits, good management, zero tolerance for harassment, great HR.

    Cons

    Is paper media dying? I think a lot of the worry in a job is how the future is going to shape it. When I worked there I constantly felt like there was an ambiance of "the sky is falling" over the lack of paper sales, and management could share ideas earlier to keep employees focused on work and less worried for job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the sentiment that newspapers still have a lot of life to give if that's what you feel. Tell it to the people you manage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Can be fun but you have to watch your back.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gannett as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    It can be a fun job at times, some people are very nice to you. You get a lot of news experience and see how everything is put together. You get to see your footage/story on live television.

    Cons

    Low pay. Work and life balance can be a pain, you're working a lot of overtime. People talk behind peoples backs a lot and can make others feel uncomfortable at times. Schedules can be messed up so you never know what is going, they switch you to cover something different then you were suppose to by telling the day before or on that day. Sometimes they get the locations wrong too. Management doesn't really pay attention and assumes things are fine but they really aren't. Sometimes you have to learn things on your own and sometimes you get criticize for not knowing something you were never trained on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage schedules properly so employees don't get blamed for going over hours; making sure schedules are done correctly. Actually taking time to talk to your employees and seeing how they are doing instead of assuming everything is okay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Invisible Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I worked at Gannett as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working at USA TODAY was the amount of exposure your articles got. Some of mine got 1 million unique page views while I was an intern there. The people were generally pleasant and, if you found the right people, there were some who were willing to be a mentor.

    Cons

    Getting a glimpse into the world of USA TODAY content, I realized that there was a very small staff dedicated to real, hard news and dozens of others dedicated to stupid entertainment pieces. While I was there, there was a rumor going around that someone would get fired if there wasn't a story about Miley Cyrus every day. And that was a true reflection of Gannett. They don't care about quality, they care about clicks. This was very apparent at USA TODAY.

    The other thing is that USA TODAY doesn't offer much in the way of opportunities. Most of the young people working there were contractors making measly money and being forced to report as self-employed on their taxes, which is a serious doozy. And, USA TODAY is outside of the city, which is bad for a young reporter looking to network and become involved in the DC scene.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's little management can do to change USA TODAY's direction. Gannett is at the helm.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Toeing the bottom line

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    Pay is good, colleagues are congenial, work is meaningful, number of time-off hours is fine. New high-profile location is in heart of downtown.

    Cons

    Temperature of new office is so cold, people are working while wearing winter coats, but employees are not allowed to have space heaters at their desks. Employees may work very early or very late shifts, but are not allowed to eat at their desks. No loyalty at this company; a very corporate and ruthless mindset. Work may include weekends, early morning or late-night hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people the way you would want to be treated, like human beings instead of figures on a corporate spreadsheet. If you would be embarrassed to have a policy made public, think twice about implementing it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Run the Other Way

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    Current Employee - TV Station in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - TV Station in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of unity among the staff.

    Cons

    They do not pay well
    High Turnover
    They do not hire from within
    They bring in people from outside that end up leaving due to poor conditions
    Favoritism
    Station ratings are at an all time low
    No longer a market leader

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look from within to promote. Take care of your good people. Revisit your benefits packages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I left and want back in! Grass isn't always greener

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    Former Employee - Senior Reporter in Asbury Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Reporter in Asbury Park, NJ

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

    Pros

    Advancement. Strong company leadership. Training pretty good. Good pay and very good interactions with co-workers. Lots of opportunity for advancement. A company with a large diverse set of media assets which gives opportunity into different challenges.

    Cons

    There is a great deal of work to be done and not always a large number of people to do it. Still, there are rewards of the job, the company doing well, and great co-workers who make the place sing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to employees and their needs. Not one policy fits all, so it's important to be flexible and understand what turns on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hard work pays off.

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay can be really good if your hitting goal. The company is growing and is dedicated to the future of the company.

    Cons

    Limited holidays day..ie Christmas Eve, Day after Thanksgiving, etc. They don't have a great program for developing their employees who are interested in advancing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in digital products and be fair when setting goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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