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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. Helpful (2)

    Get out, quickly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Pensacola, FL

    I worked at Gannett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Bad management, bad management, bad management

    Advice to Management

    Find new senior management


  3. Helpful (3)

    Just look at the stock price decline since he was named CEO. Need I say more?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Journalist in West McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Journalist in West McLean, VA

    I have been working at Gannett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    at USA Today, good access to sources. The paper's circulation and "reputation" makes it a must read even among people who scoff at its quality compared to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. From middle management down to senior and mid-level reporters, there is a strong sense of competence. But the emphasis on shifting to an on-line platform is slow, tedious and ineffective. The blending of the traditional newsroom and on-line staff did NOTHING to solve that. I could work all week without saying a word to my on-line office mates. Most young on-line staffers have technical expertise with the Internet, but little to no actual reporting background. And for the most part, they collect information from outside sources and "process" it rather than make actual calls to confirm accuracy or come up with anything original.

    Cons

    inept senior management wants to walk the walk, but can't talk the talk. several have little to no news judgement and are afraid to speak up to their superiors - either because they don't know better or are afraid to contradict anyone. This is particularly true in the Money section.

    Advice to Management

    start listening to employees. stop pretending you've got a "plan."


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  5. Employees undervalued

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News Reporter in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - News Reporter in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Gannett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are a lot of highly talented reporters and photographers working at KXTV. Sacramento is a good news market, particularly because it's the state capitol. The proximity to San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Napa also add to the quality of life.

    Cons

    The company is cutting costs at the expense of the news product. Reporters now have to shoot some of their own stories, which diminishes the quality. There are a lot of talented photographers at this station, so it's disappointing to see managment starting to diminish their role. The bottom line: the company is trying to do more for less... and they don't seem to care at what cost.

    Advice to Management

    Your newsroom employees work extremely hard; make them feel valued.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Gannett's Senior management are looking at THEIR bottom line (bonuses and awards) at the expense of their employees.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Circulation District Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Circulation District Manager in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Gannett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wage and benefit package is the highest in the newspaper industry due to strong union negotiated contract. Profits from this property is the highest among the Gannett newspapers. Profits would be even higher if senior management hadn't dissolved the joint operating agreement.

    Cons

    Management are all trying to better one another to receive some sort of recognition from corporate. Always looking at the bottom line and not addressing real "needs". Navigates forward through blinders and hence, fails to react to the "real world".

    Advice to Management

    Take care of those that work hard for you and made you what you are and what recognition you receive from corporate (bonuses and president rings). Instead YOU ONLY look at that recognition.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Could be worse. Not much worse, but worse...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Reporter in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Gannett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As a large corporation there is some security. Not much, but some. This is a dinosaur of a company that's big enough to exist for maybe another decade. Some benefits are still kind of decent. It also takes a long time to make any decision, so if you want to work here and slack off, you'll have plenty of chance before anyone bothers to fire you.

    Cons

    Corporate-think has infected every level of the company. Innovation comes in the form of buzz-words and executive pet projects instead of real ideas. Hard work is never rewarded, but successfully playing office politics is. My supervisor is the most worthless person i've ever worked with.

    Advice to Management

    When you need to make cuts, get rid of the fossils running the place first.


  8. Helpful (2)

    A job ideal for the manic-depressive

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Journalist in Elmira, NY
    Current Employee - Journalist in Elmira, NY

    I have been working at Gannett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at a Gannett newspaper can be a joy: you are a part of an organization that the community wants and needs. You make ordinary people into stars for a day. You get people excited about their community, their neighbors and their own lives. People come to you when they need to know something, or need others to know something. If you are a journalist, you will be surrounded by coworkers that are excellent at what they do. They are in it for the joy of doing it well. They do it because they are the best journalists in the region, and because the community knows that. It feels good to have such great coworkers. When you do exceptionally well, you will be recognized for it. The company tends to be very good about recognition, because they understand the role of positive feedback in maintaining morale. Working as a journalist lets you write history. There is no career like it. Because of the excessive workload, you will learn to work very quickly and prioritize. You will also learn not to need breaks for coffee, socializing, web browsing, smoking, or other activities that most people do to waste time. This will make you extremely valuable to your next employer.

    Cons

    The company has made a number of changes in recent years that suggest that it values short-term profits over long-term viability. It does its best to maintain a huge profit margin, in order to pay a high dividend to stockholders. Unfortunately, at times when the company can't figure out how to keep revenues up, it cuts costs by eliminating workers. Cost-cutting on its own isn't evil. Elimination of inefficiency is a sign of a well-managed company. However, cost-cutting done poorly does little to help the company, and is probably more expensive in opportunity cost. The company has replaced many working, expensive departments of employees with more streamlined, centralized and less expensive departments. Unfortunately, the people left in these centralized departments tend to be too overworked to give full attention to each site they're supposed to be working for. This can lead to a mistrust of centralized departments by employees at individual sites, as well as a general mistrust of corporate initiatives. Recent changes to the company's products suggest that the company doesn't regard the quality of the product or the quality of service provided to customers as important. The company wants to print a newspaper, sell ads in it, sell subscriptions to it, and fill the parts that aren't ads with information. But it doesn't want to invest the resources necessary to deliver it to subscribers on time, consistently, or even to treat them well when they call to ask where their paper is. Many people in the community will tell you they love the content in the paper, but feel betrayed by the company because we can't deliver the paper regularly enough. Some sites in the company no longer have the resources to adequately cover local governments in the areas they serve. Because many newspapers tend to be the only local newspapers, a failure to keep governments in check can end up costing the local community when government gets out of hand. The workload is usually crushing. Most of my coworkers are taking medications prescribed for anxiety. Frequently, the work you do will be what two to four people used to do ten years ago. In fact, the workload is so excessive that most employees do not have the time in their workday to check the newspaper's web site to see what news is there. This means that most of its employees can't relate to the very consumers for whom they're producing all of the web content. The pay rate is especially unrewarding. The knowledge that much (or even most) of the money your company brings in from local advertisers doesn't stay local may nag at your conscience, especially if you have to write any stories about the local economy. You may have to marry someone with a lot of money if you want to be in the middle class. This is especially true if you have middle class friends to keep up with.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the product by investing in employees. Respect the customers. Respect the employees. Stop rewarding yourself for mediocrity. Accept a lower profit margin. People are willing to pay for content online. Work with other news publishers to develop a universal micropayment system or online subscription system. Reward talent handsomely. Punish incompetence. Be bold.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The new mafia- 2009 Gannett

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Senior District Sales Manager

    I have been working at Gannett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Was once a competitive and competent company to work for. Benefits were above average in comparrison to other companies the same size. 10-20 years ago the company invested in the development of their employees and encouraged all who interested in moving up the ladder.

    Cons

    Senior management is disconnected with lower level employees. Years of breeding directors and department heads who only know how to cut expenses and do not know how to generate revenue. Seems to be obsessed with processes while ignoring relults. The good ole boys club is alive and thriving. Department heads and directors encouraged to move every 2-3 years, totally disconnected from the communities in which they serve.

    Advice to Management

    Far too many managers, we need more working bees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    GCI is among the worst of the worst.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Reporter in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Senior Reporter in Reno, NV

    I have been working at Gannett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you negotiate a good deal -- and that's a big if -- the pay is reasonably good for the industry. There are not many more positive things that I can say. When I signed on years ago, there were enough good journalists in place that one felt as though he/she could do good work in spite of the corporate culture. After several rounds of massive layoffs, most of those people are gone and those who remain are simply clinging to their jobs. Bottom line: Gannett is a place to come for a paycheck, not a career. If you're ambitious and care about quality, choose it as a last resort.

    Cons

    Poor management, extremely poor quality control, and a commitment to maintaining unreasonably high profit margins at all costs. As a rule Gannett managers are promoted because of their willingness to carry out corporate edict, not based on talent. That means you work for folks who are very good at giving PR-style speeches and putting a positive spin on bad news. They are not, however, good at examining their resources and coming up with creative solutions to problems. For example, our company recently faced massive layoffs, and we are working less efficiently now than ever before. We have multiple leaders arguing over how things should be done, while workers are left confused and frustrated. There would be an easy fix, but not in this environment. The people at the top simply do not inspire confidence and routinely ignore employee suggestions that would improve products and the working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Reinvent the company from the top down. There is no way you will succeed as a 21st century media firm using the status quo leadership that you currently have in place.


  11. I am not sure that he understands the real workings of the newspaper business.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - General Manager in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Gannett

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

    Pros

    I thought that there would be room for advancement.

    Cons

    Turmoil. Constant cut backs and changes, most without proper researach.

    Advice to Management

    Do your homework. Also, remember that employees are people.



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