Gannett Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Gannett President & CEO Gracia Martore
Gracia Martore
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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. IT "old boys club" dominates, all others need not apply

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    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Good people in the markets. Lots of smart people in corporate.

    Cons

    Despite lots of smart people in corporate, IT cronyism holds people and company back. Too many wannabe chiefs cause constant confusion. Too many members of the "old boys club" are toxic, vicious, sexist/bigoted, and undermining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean IT's house and start from the top. Gannett management knows who the members of the IT "old boys club" are, and there's certainly enough HR documentation about them (or there should be) to make some changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    I would give 0 stars if it was an option. Stay away from this place.

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    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    A paycheck; that's about it.

    Cons

    Everything from your worst nightmare times ten; horrible work life balance, low pay, horrible benefits, withholding of time off, withholding of benefits, fear of retaliation, micro management, harassment, bullying, constant turnover, no commitment to clarity, hostile work environment, no guidance or direction, lack of upward movement, pay cuts, title demotions, layoffs, furloughs. The list can go on for days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain people need to go; culture needs to change; employees deserve at least what you promise you're going to give them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    A dying company in a dying industry

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    Current Employee - Content Creator ( Journalist)
    Current Employee - Content Creator ( Journalist)

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

    Pros

    None, really, except the company's so called commitment to diversity

    Cons

    This is a company that is on its last legs. If it's still in business in 5 years I'd be surprised. employees are treated very poorly. Raises are non existent. Paycuts in the form if furloughs are common. Health benefits are jaeger and get worse each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Uh, maybe you should realize that you would get more from your workers if you treated them with even a little respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Run as fast as you can!

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    None, none none none, none

    Cons

    Insurance, incompetent management, unrealistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your audience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Company without a plan

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are great, and continue to do their best to try to keep this company going.

    Cons

    Management has no idea how to move forward, and is blatantly dishonest with employees - "everything is going great!" meetings are followed by layoffs a few weeks later. Management just seems interested in sucking as much value into their pockets before the company goes under. With the upcoming company split, everyone expects them to finally start selling units off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None- you have destroyed this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Stay as far away as you can

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    Pay could be a lot worse.

    Cons

    Benefits, constant layoffs, incompetent management, more layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Very unethical

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Great technology. Professional employees.

    Cons

    Managment team
    Lack of training for new employees
    Mother and Daughter should not work in the same department
    High turnover
    Ratings are at an all time low
    Unrealistic budgets
    Lack of focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people
    Listen to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Pay, culture, planning, understanding of what's reality is all lacking.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The love of micromanagement, the joy of having to watch your back all the time, the thrill of never knowing when your number will be called for a layoff, the sheer enjoyment of knowing your immediate superior would sooner stomp on your back than back you up.

    Cons

    Being underpaid and under appreciated. High cost of benefits. Power mongering senior management that doesn't care about the rank and file. Inability to get anything accomplished without approval from two or three people above you. And oh yeah, the company is killing the print product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and let some younger blood take over. Gracia, Bob, get another life. You've got your golden parachutes, take them and get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. poor managemnet

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    easy work for $13.00/hr, bonuses and raises are offered but are hard to come by.

    Cons

    Toxic work enviroment created by management of the Call Center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since management in 2012 the call center is at an all time low in moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Department of fifth graders

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in McLean, VA

    I worked at Gannett (less than a year)

    Pros

    It was great to work at a large media company, doing the work that I enjoy and do excellently.

    Cons

    Training was cursory, and the people in my department acted like fifth graders with their gossiping and lack of professional support and stomping off to the supervisor when anything didn't go as expected. I often asked what I could do better at my job, because I clearly wasn't doing it according to one co-worker's expectations, but I was told that I was doing a great job and to keep up the good work. When that co-worker angrily told me, "We don't do it like that here," I asked her to please show me how they do it. She simply repeated herself and made no attempt to help me do it "their" way. When I told the supervisor about this and other rude behavior, she basically told me to deal with it because that employee is simply like that and had a history of outbursts and poor social skills. It turns out that this behavior comes from the top down, as that department head, too, ignores staff when she is angry with them and doesn't keep open communication regarding job duties and expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers to identify unprofessional behavior in their departments and to respond quickly and seriously to staff's complaints about other employees. I should have gone to HR instead of to my supervisor. Teach managers to communicate with staff even through times when they are angry with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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