Gannett Reviews

Updated September 2, 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. Bad Business choice

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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    The friends/co-workers you eventually meet will be the ones to make your day good. and possibly if you enjoy the work.

    Cons

    People are unstable here so it shows in their work attitude and ability to collaborate and assist when needed. Terrible boss, single copy efforts are scattered. Structures change this is bad company to get in with all around. Go the digital route or don't go in Gannett at all.

    Advice to Management

    none.


  2. Run! You don't want to work for Gannett

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Camaraderie of team members working together on deadline to produce stories and striving to produce a news site for 24- to 45-year-olds and a paper for longtime readers.

    Cons

    Top newsroom leaders don't inspire reporters to hustle or require them to produce stories every day for the website and paper. Too often scooped by TV stations, Urban Times, IBJ, Indianapolis Monthly. Layoffs and buyouts have left some of the remaining people doing the jobs of three or more people. People are not valued. Some managers are clueless. For many managers, it's all about doing what corporate wants so that they will get their annual bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to readers and produce a website and paper that people will want to pay for. Break more news. Clean house and replace newsroom leadership team with news people passionate about telling the stories of Indianapolis.


  3. schmoozers

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    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it's a job. It could be a good place to work - but the suits making millions treat us like minions.

    Cons

    it's a crappy job where skills are overshadowed by schmoozers, knowledge is kept close to the chest, creativity is trying to be boxed, and the pay is not anything you can survive on

    Advice to Management

    stop promoting friends - look around at the talent being ignored. If you treat people as people, not numbers, they may stick around.


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  5. Worst Company I have Worked For

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Sales in North Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Recruitment Sales in North Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, none , none, none, none

    Cons

    200 percent turnover rate. Management that doesn't know what direction they want to go. Pay is low and they try and compensate for this buy giving out the occasional gift card, which is offensive.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and go towards it. There are to many cooks in the kitchen and most are old and outdated trying to keep print media alive.


  6. Mandatory Overtime

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    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice office equipment. State of the art Macs and tablets.

    Cons

    Months and months in a row of unending mandatory overtime with promises it will stop with no follow through. They make you make up any vacation or sick time, plus add on up to 16 hours of overtime a week on top of it. Some of the lowest wages for work, based on the bureau of labor statistics.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees have a life and free time. Pay a competitive wage.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Graphic Designer - GIADC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, some training, new up-to date tech equipment. Good learning experience for recent grads. Benefits okay.

    Cons

    Average to LOW pay. NO raises in 4 years! IF you get a raise, don't expect more than 1%. Managers are not trained, usually employees that get promoted. Some managers have terrible people skills. Lately, a revolving door of GREAT designers leaving because of corporate BS and no salary increases or raises. No potential for growth. Limited work hours, not flexible. Lots of OT. LOW MORALE because managers don't care about their employees or won't go to upper management to get more from them to give to the hard-workers.

    Advice to Management

    RAISE SALARIES - GIVE RAISES to those that work hard and deserve it! Counter-offer great designers leaving. This company thinks their jobs and salaries are competitive - but they're NOT. That's why people keep leaving - get a clue! Make people want to stay. Create better morale.


  8. Press Operator

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    Current Employee - Press Operator in Binghamton, NY
    Current Employee - Press Operator in Binghamton, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of work No day is every the same

    Cons

    Very unorganized Lack of communication among management and workers

    Advice to Management

    Get in charge Plan ahead


  9. Arizona Republic Media Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary (can be decent- in the $65K+ range as a base + commissions if handling larger accounts/less so for territories and other entry level sales positions), 401K (now debatable since Gannett no longer includes the broadcast/digital divisions due to the Q2 2015 split-up of the company/stock), market research (the do invest in it), nice office (downtown, etc etc), day-to-day independence out in the field, azcentral.com (huge traffic/pageviews), flexibility/willingness to price print and digital advertising aggressively to compete in market, decent (now former) publisher- intelligent/responsive, somewhat progressive attitude about client management.

    Cons

    Untrustworthy/smarmy sales management (insincere/highly complicated group of managers) from the top down, 2015 management shake-up (several managers demoted/left company due to lack of skill set and ability to motivate and lead team as well as overall poor management skills/talent), lots of AE turnover, declining circulation (serious declines every measurement period), continuously rapidly declining ad revenue which makes for an extremely low morale/high pressure environment, reductions in sales assistant support (Q2 2015), moving in the wrong direction/lacking trust/knowledge/value of current salespeople (i.e.having to interview for your job/having to be rehired vs. your manager knowing your value), salesforce.com to monitor your activity with HEAVY marketing involvement - very intrusive at times, often controls/undermines sales reps control of accounts, digital pricing structure/no control over corporate selling digital to larger accounts which undermines AE's ability to sell to many large accounts (and yet still having aggressive/almost impossible sales goals, especially for digital, tough sales goals (which means you make less).

    Advice to Management

    Business is declining/changing for the worse- inevitable- so don't hasten it by always hiring difficult to work with/complicated sales managers (poor leaders)- AE's who've left company didn't leave the company, they left their managers- hire managers who will work with AE's to support personal/professional growth who are sincere/nice people to work with; continue to aggressively price print, restrict corporate takeover of accounts- hasn't amounted to anything but decreases in business- larger market papers need to sell independently- corporate should worry about smaller markets, the bulk of Gannett markets), try to make everything so overly complicated to justify jobs, etc.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Graphic Artist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gannett (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Everything else. Poor pay, poor treatment, horrible hours and lots of mandatory OT added at the last minute.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Treat them better and pay them better. Get your heads out of the sand and look around!


  11. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    3 month guaranteed commission to start

    Cons

    Every aspect of job really. Pretty much zero training from management but they expect, demand results immediately. Just a unbelievably bad bad experience.

    Advice to Management

    Train people and be honest with them going in.



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