Gannett Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
393 Reviews
2.5
393 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Good benefits, pay good for area, schedule somewhat flexible to balance family and work (in 14 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.  

    worked for them for 22 years it was job

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    Former Employee - Press Operator in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Press Operator in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at Gannett full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    time off was OK. some of benefits OK

    Cons

    working lots of o.t at maple grove minn plant . health insurance not very good management treat employees like your just a number

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Alright for a huge media company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great manager and team, good career opportunities if you're willing to relocate, several opportunities to input into the company's initiatives

    Cons

    Below industry pay, very top-down "corporate" feel, old-school work environment, non-existent culture and bad communication across divisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people and they'll take care of you. Invest in creating a positive work environment, pay people what they're worth and give them the tools they need to do their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager

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

    Pros

    The company provides a great atmosphere and quality of work/life balance. I enjoyed working with people within my group and even those outside. The company is good at providing yearly raise. Great benefits and flexible schedules.

    Cons

    The pay could be better with such a large corporation and the hard work put in. Growth seems to be lacking. Some people within in the group put in more quality work than others which can be a struggle sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a great manager during my time of employment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Brand new to Gannett

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    Current Employee - Executive Producer
    Current Employee - Executive Producer

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    They encourage big projects on the news side. They are very dedicated to the success of their stations.

    Cons

    Still trying to figure out what the split of the TV, digital and print will mean for the company long term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll be just another gear in the machine.

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    Former Employee - Print Artist in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Print Artist in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Full-Time 40 hrs no more no less, mid level pay with benefits for college students

    Cons

    Not allowed to communicate with other co-workers, must skype or email, even if they are sitting next to you at the table. Mangement does not care about quality of work you do only the amount of it you do. You are rated to to 3 advertisements an hour, if you don't meet that average you are given a warning, if it happens again within a 3 month period you are suspended/fired. No matter what the circumstances were. Some projects take 2 days to finish, if you were unlucky to get one you had to find a way to make up the lost time, the higher ups didn't care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure your philosophy on how you define success at each position and Managers need to be trained to have Managerial Skills not just be the fastest ad producer with the lowest error count. Just because they can create an ad fast does NOT BY ANY MEANS make them able to Manage an entire work floor of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    so-so

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    Current Employee - Designer in North Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Designer in North Fort Myers, FL

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

    Pros

    type of work, flexibility, co-workers, a

    Cons

    cut backs, communication, extreme stress, heavy work load

  8.  

    25 years here, and it's gotten worse every year.

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    Current Employee - Senior Reporter in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Reporter in Appleton, WI

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Work-life balance is pretty good for everyone outside of the sports department.

    Cons

    Too many editors, not enough foot soldiers. Editors only care about their bottom line; benefits, bonuses, etc. And they'll do anything to protect them, which means crapping on the foot soldiers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less meeting, more interaction with your employees. Cut the B.S., we're not stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Once a great company

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    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Cloud, MN

    I worked at Gannett full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers around the United States.

    Cons

    At one time we received yearly raises but that all came to an end. They actually imposed unpaid furloughs, closed and consolidated multiple plants, large layoffs all the while paying out multi-imillion dollar stock options to the executive level. Over time abuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the workers not the executives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Getting Better

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    Current Employee - Graphic Artist
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist

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

    Pros

    It's a good working environment, there's some great benefits if you know where to look, and the pay while not stellar is about what you'd expect for entry level stuff (at least in my neck of the company). The company is CONSTANTLY buying out other media properties, so that is a good sign. They're also trying to get their many newpaper properties up to date (which if you've worked in newspaper, you know the one thing it hates is change) so kudos for that.

    Cons

    We work very hard in my department. And we haven't received raises in two years. Other than that, the ladder may be a bit of a slow climb, career-wise, depending on where you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you're keeping your ground floor employees in mind. Please continue to keep up with the times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Entry Level

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    This job is good for right out of college. It seems harder for more seasoned artists to conform to the system and procedures of the GIADC. Fun, casual environment. Fast paced.

    Cons

    Hard to work your way up. Getting promoted gets you stuck on a worse shift. New hire shift is usually 4pm-12:30. The pay is very entry level.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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