Gannett Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Worked with some very good people who wanted to do a great job but were often hindered by management from doing so (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)

  • Upper management routinely blamed lower level employees when something went wrong (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    Principal Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal User Experience Designer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Principal User Experience Designer in McLean, VA

    I worked at Gannett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great team. Great Leadership. Very good benefits.

    Cons

    I really didn't find any cons.

    Gannett Response

    Jun 30, 2015 – Project Manager

    Thank you for the feedback!


  2. News-Press of Fort Myers, FL

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Writer, Columnist, Assistant Business Editor in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Staff Writer, Columnist, Assistant Business Editor in Fort Myers, FL

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Diverse opportunities for talented people. Numerous newspapers, outdoor media, TV divisions. I enjoyed my time there. Local newspaper operated relatively autonomously from corporate.

    Cons

    Every job has its stresses.


  3. Operations Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great local people and you can make a few life long friends. You can learn a lot if you choose.

    Cons

    Long hours and corporate management has a difficult time balancing market demands with their long term vision.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your local employees


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  5. fast-paced, cool tech, average benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I worked at Gannett

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated and committed co-workers who are always willing to help, variety of technologies in use, everyone's opinions/ideas/suggestions for improvement will be heard, senior management sets aggressive objectives to keep the company competitive.

    Cons

    compensation is fair but not impressive, health benefits are not impressive, agile development practice is immature, strategic initiatives don't always get planned well across tactical teams.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in developing people in modern agile thinking and project management at the scale that Gannett is trying to operate at. Provide better health benefits so that current employees are well cared for.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Digital account executive

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Account Executive in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Digital Account Executive in Fort Myers, FL

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The base salary is slightly higher than sales jobs with many other companies. Commission payouts are very good, but only if you are able to exceed your sales quotas--which is nearly impossible sometimes. There is a lot of talent hiding in Gannett, but the opportunities for advancement and development are limited, so turnover is pretty high for certain positions. The opportunity to work with a variety of different business owners and decision-makers in the community keeps the job interesting.

    Cons

    The training period lasted a total of seven days, leaving new employees severely underprepared for the chaotic work environment of their new position. Despite the lack of training, new employees are expected to perform at the same level as someone who has been with the company for a long time. The recent cost-cutting associated with the "New Gannett" spin-off has led to reduced quality in product offerings. The combination of unreasonably high sales goals combined with reduced resources has created an atmosphere of tension and animosity. Great talent is often hindered by management that is focused solely on meeting sales goals at the expense of employee happiness. Despite putting in long hours and a lot of hard work, it does not pay off in the end. The failure of management to fill open positions leaves fewer employees taking on more work for less pay.

    Advice to Management

    The management structure is extremely rigid, and allows limited opportunity for innovation. More effective ways of doing things are often overlooked because management is either unwilling or unable to change the way things have always been done. Flexibility in working hours and the option to work remotely occasionally would boost morale and avoid the inevitable employee burn-out that stems from such a stressful work environment.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Evaluating Gannett

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    Current Employee - Journalist/Reporter
    Current Employee - Journalist/Reporter

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

    Pros

    Company generally employs smart well-meaning employees who work hard and strive to find the right balance between their personal lives and careers. Despite its history, this is a "new" company following a spin-off so there is an opportunity for a fresh start and perspective.

    Cons

    Being a "new Gannett" following a spin-off also carries risks, with the new management having to prove itself. A large cost-cutting effort leading into the spin-off means a lot of talent left the building and resources are limited.

    Gannett Response

    Jul 14, 2015 – Project Manager

    Thank you for sharing your insights. Our new Gannett executive team is engaged in the process of refreshing and reintroducing our brand to the market. We look forward to providing our employees with ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    Print Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Culture was like a family. Cooperation among individuals and departments worked well to meet customer's requirements. Good work ethic among staff.

    Cons

    Lack of autonomous top management prevented innovation. Production suffered from lack of tools. Office suffered from lack of new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Request greater re-investment of profits into infrastructure and staff rewards.


  9. Good Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    many people were laid off by company


  10. Helpful (1)

    Laid-back but be ready to jump...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Other than fire drills, the work is pretty laid-back, - Compensation is adequate, - Fantastic facilities at corporate (if you work there).

    Cons

    - Lay-offs and restructuring are a way of life. No one is too critical or too senior to be ruled out. - While there's vision aplenty, senior management is bereft of plans to achieve it. - A LOT of "pointy-haired bosses" at the VP level and above - make sure you know who you are working for.

    Advice to Management

    Somehow or other, you must get past the "lay-off mentality". You lose three good employees (that you wanted to keep) for every one you lay off. The cycle of "new people" and strategy-less management ensure that your wheels stay stuck in the mud.


  11. We Matter

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Greenwood, IN
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Greenwood, IN

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Gorgeous Office, Job Right Out of College, In the Heart of Downtown Indianapolis, Business Casual Environment, Decently Friendly Atmosphere, Among Co-Workers.

    Cons

    Little to No Company Stability, Doesn't Recognize Quality Over Speed, Negative Office Atmosphere, Lays Off Employees at the Drop of a Hat, Doesn't Pay Enough, Ladder to Move Up In The Company Doesn't Exist.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your designers about changes you're making, before consulting a person who has never been in the same role. It feels and looks like you don't care about two worker, you care about the numbers. Please stop giving people the run-around, and just tell us exactly what's happening. We can trust you if you can't trust us.



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