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Gannett Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
373 Reviews

2.7
373 Reviews
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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
  • Having a healthy work/life balance is something that's frowned upon (in 7 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The division of the company that employed me was failing, yet they continued to hire people without conveying that.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Clarkston, MI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Clarkston, MI

    Pros

    Gannett offers a good benefit plan including the opportunity to purchase health and dental insurance, paid vacation time and holidays. My position was in advertising sales. Their commission plan was well defined. They offered company paid outside training and ongoing education that was very beneficial. I still use many of the skills that I learned.

    Cons

    This was the most stressful job that I ever had. I was with the company for 18 months, and practically ran out of the door when I found a new position. Although I was performing well, the division of the company that employed me was failing, and no one told the employees. We felt the pressure to perform, but the management was under so much stress, that an employee's performance simply could not meet the objectives necessary to save the division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needed to communicate better with staff. More, more, more, is not communication. Instead of celebrating a 12 % increase, disappointment that it was not 13% was all that was communicated. On one sales goal, I was able to increase the sales 46% over the previous year. Yes, I got a nice commission check, but one person in management should have given an indication of noticing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for, tough times

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Lots of great people. Lots of talent, commitment. Everybody there understands the dilemma that the industry is in these days, so only those who are serious about journalism are still there.

    Cons

    Declining newspaper sales has made it tough to journalism a career. Much change on the digital side, lots of opportunities there. There is a new seriousness about being a journalist these days...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that salaries (especially your own) are equitable and fair. Respect the talent that you have available, and re-shape your business quickly and adeptly to meet the changing demand for information.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Large company with lots of potential if you are on the right team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Industry klout, work from home, major brand, changing culture

    Cons

    Dying Publishing industry, slow to innovate, unrealistic goals, under market compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to communicate strategic objectives to workforce and plan before launching campaigns. Goals need to be clear and somewhat attainable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Significant progress in transformation efforts

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Room for growth, inspiring company purpose, strong executive leadership, beautiful office space and smart people

    Cons

    Benefits are not strong and the headquarters is located in terrible Tysons Corner, VA. Tons of traffic and not near a Silver Line metro stop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! I'm incredibly impressed with the companies turnaround and the executive teams transparency. I would encourage management to reconsider benefits packages to make the jobs more enticing. An improved benefits package would be a great way to reward employees for helping make the transformation possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Leadership, opportunities for growth, interesting work, working conditions, flexible hours

    Cons

    Funding for projects can be challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to gain newspaper design experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Page Designer/Copy Editor  in  Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Page Designer/Copy Editor in Louisville, KY

    Pros

    Gannett has centralized its page design work to five locations throughout the US and each of these hubs is responsible for the design of newspapers in their regions. The work is diverse and covers a good range of small weekly and major metro daily newspapers. The atmosphere is fun, collaborative and creative.

    Cons

    It's print journalism in the US and everyone is expected to do more with less. The work can also be high stress at times.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good early on, sucked the last few years

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    There really are no good things about working under the Gannett umbrella any longer. The best thing I did was to leave the company which reduced my stress level one-hundred fold. Money isn't everything and I don't miss this place at all.

    Cons

    Frozen salaries, benefit cost increases, doing more with fewer staff. Yup, there is no getting ahead financially here!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Low morale, consistent layoffs, yet always hiring?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Slashed benefits beginning 2014 and only offer 1 medical plan with a high deductible with zero contribution to meet from the company. Only real pros are those you take charge and claim for yourself. I walked away from this company with multiple certifications in digital marketing, solid relationships with hiring managers all over Nashville, and was able to take my knowledge, skills, and talent to a company who understands the value they offer in the digital marketplace.

    Cons

    Zero leadership in my department, though there were some pretty great managers in other departments that most likely would have taught me something."Head in the Sand" management style and managers who have more industry specific years of experience than you, but possess less knowledge about the actual processes, products, pricing or systems used day in and day out than you. Instead of embracing this fact and sharing their experience with you and strengthening their weaknesses by learning from their team, they constantly deflect and mask their ignorance at all costs.
    Probably the most disturbing bait and switch I observed while employed at this company was when an employee whose previous position was dissolved was hired into a new position on a new team even though the new hiring manager KNEW that within 1-2 months the company planned to layoff that whole team! In fact, 2 different managers had fought over this employee all wanting him/her to take a spot on their team, so if the employee had been placed on one of the other teams, they'd have been saved from the impending layoff.
    How can you convince someone to take a job when you already know that position has already been selected for downsizing?!
    I saw good people do horrible things to one another in a feeble attempt to survive in this cut throat atmosphere. Passive-aggressive, back-stabbing thrives here, and the only justice you'll ever see parceled out is when the layoff hammer finally lands on one of your coworkers who has personally stepped on multiple coworkers trying to save their own skin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not distribute company wide email announcements and press releases claiming the big layoff in 2013 was the only shake up and everyone can rest easy now that it's over and then continue a quiet layoff thereafter taking out 2-5 employees at a time.
    Do NOT layoff employees while actively hiring for positions that are just on the other side of the cube wall!
    Don't hire people based on your new "work-flow" to only lay them off 3-6 months later when you change your mind and restructure the department yet again.
    Although the education is there for those who are hungry to learn and willing to teach themselves everything digital, the lack of support and proper checks and balances makes it impossible for Gannett to ever get their digital initiatives off the ground.

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

    Gannett review

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    Former Employee - Reporter  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in White Plains, NY

    Pros

    The company has a number of very talented individuals working there. It can do some things very well. It holds professional standards, for the most part. There is an emphasis on creating a family-friendly workplace.

    Cons

    Short-sighted and near-term thinking are predominant. There's a top-down sensibility that does not encourage flexibility. Group-think is another aspect of the corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the next quarter. Allow more flexibility, less structured behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Pretty good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers make your day a lot easier. People are always willing to teach interns how things work and there is a camaraderie among pretty much everyone on the newsroom floor. Also, relationships made there tend to last long (so lots of career help).

    Cons

    There's a really clear distinction between the upper management and the newsroom. Sometimes it even borders on feeling like a weird caste system. This can cause some resentment and drama if you pay attention to it. Also, interns are unpaid and can't do anything hands-on, basically just leaving them with all the grunt work that no one else wants to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the interns

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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