Gannett Reviews

Updated May 27, 2015
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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. Helpful (3)

    Not worth working for unless you are desperate for a job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits were okay.

    Cons

    Newspaper industry is declining. Authoritarian structure. No real innovation. Furloughs.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with employees. Need to listen to managers and take action on their suggestions.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Editor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor
    Former Employee - Editor

    I worked at Gannett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and a professional approach in the workplace. Company filled with hard-working people, and there are a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    Like any large company, there are politics at every level. You have to play the game to get ahead, and if you are too realistic and honest, you will not fit in.

    Advice to Management

    Well, management has been tone-deaf to employees for decades. Corporate has been honest for a long time: deliver for the stockholders. That is what it's all about, and that is abundantly clear.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Not the best company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gannett

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

    Pros

    There are some amazing and brilliant people working here with big ideas. Lots of people with widespread media experience.

    Cons

    Very traditional. Benefits package is not good. Not a lot of transparency between the top and bottom.

    Advice to Management

    Create better medical benefits and vacation plans.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Account Executive

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Sales Specialist - Key Accounts
    Former Employee - Digital Sales Specialist - Key Accounts

    I worked at Gannett full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Interesting people, good clients, challenging, intense and energetic high paced atmosphere that encourages output, recently began training sessions,

    Cons

    Work nonstop overtime, lots of drama, backstabbing, unfair business practices, no inter-department communication, billing mistakes, lots of "passing the buck", extremely high turnover because of horrible work conditions, capped commissions, terrible health insurance

    Advice to Management

    Stop picking favorites, invest in your employees to keep them happier so there is lower rate of turnover, do things to increase staff morale- everyone is miserable and that begins to wear on anyone with a decent attitude

  6. Helpful (3)

    Very corporate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Antioch, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Antioch, TN

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

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

    Pros

    -Individual teams have good dynamics, and many managers take care of their teams
    -Like to promote within (but not for executive level positions)

    Cons

    -Overall culture is antiquated and very corporate (if you're an old school "company man" you'll love it)
    -Communication is poor, so work is redundant (left hand doesn't know what the right is doing)
    -Leadership invites employees to challenge status quo, but will not act on their recommendations (sometimes even shutting down those who raise valid concerns)
    -Compensation is average to below average and benefits are average
    -High turnover, instability and low morale: they can't hang on to their best people

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people in the ways that matter to them, not company picnics and green cookies on St. Patrick's Day. Pay them what they're worth, invest in their development, trust them to do great work, listen to their recommendations when you ask for them and act on them.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Traditional media company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Truly great people work here, and great brand name to work for.
    Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of growing pains as the company struggles to keep up with newer, sexier media.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Too corporate

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

    I worked at Gannett

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

    Pros

    Insurance isn't too bad, departments get a long well

    Cons

    All they care about is the bottom dollar

  9. Helpful (4)

    Micromanagers a obound

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Mix of legacy and new development with current technologies. Large development teams. Interesting industry going through a significant transformation.

    Cons

    Very cliquey. Upper management involved in every detail. Lack of trust between executives and teams. Negative atmosphere with recognition only reserved for a handful of people in a closed circle. Employees are all told they are replaceable. No appreciation for extra efforts. Expectations to work long hours and not even a thank you.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are not as easy to replace as you think they are. Limiting opportunities to such a small group of top dogs offers no career growth for the majority. Your employees are smarter than you think they are. If you cannot trust them to do their jobs fire them. Management style is to be dictators.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyable but sometimes mindless

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The co workers are extremely friendly and helpful. The work is not very difficult. The days seem to go by fast.

    Cons

    Goals are nearly impossible to reach. The work can be mindless. Sometimes it's hard to manage all your tasks.

  11. Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Chance to make lots of money

    Cons

    Facing your year over year revenue


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