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Gannett Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
409 Reviews
2.5
409 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 was the worst run company I have ever bee at

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    Former Employee - Media Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Media Specialist in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Jason Brown and Barb Smith

    Cons

    The management team has turned a once thriving support center and turned it into garbage. The moral and workplace is not a good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a place where you can actually be a viable asset

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Horrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Trying to be innovative while consolidating digital with print

    Cons

    Depressing newsroom when you have to worry when the next layoff will be - all while watching product quality plummet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit downsizing and expecting people to do the job of the ones you've laid off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Get out while you still can!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Gannett

    Pros

    Some of the managers actually care about their employees and will do everything they can to help in the advancement process.

    Cons

    The medical benefits are horrible. The only thing that corporate cares about is the bottom line(hence the horrible healthcare). The higher up management thinks that adding work without monetary compensation, other than bonus for making unattainable budgets is the best idea since sliced bread. The pay raise year to year is a laughable 1% if you are lucky. Advancement is incredibly difficult and they would rather hire someone from the outside than promote someone who deserves the promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be very careful about how much work you place on the desks of those who do not receive commission for their work because if you put too much on their desks without the proper compensation, more of the best employees that you have will leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Never. Not ever would I work there again

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gannett

    Pros

    Nice building. Real nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    Where can I begin? The people. The atmosphere. The holier than thou attitude. Supervisors who hired friends and promoted them over experienced individuals who were expected to train the incompetent. It was a hell hole and I'm glad I climbed out before they started laying people off every six months. They care more about the bottom line than anything else. I' wouldn't even give it a star but this system won't let me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better and stop the nepotism.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Little value for quality news or skilled professionals

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    Current Employee - News in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - News in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    If you're young and need some quick experience Gannett might be an okay place to start. They have stations all over the country- so opportunities to move up quickly are possible.

    Cons

    Upper Management. Poor benefits. Lack of training. The health care package has only 1 plan, huge deductible (catastrophic health care only) huge employee contribution. Spouses and children rates are almost triple that of the employee with an additional penalty for spouses. They are currently trying to break organized labor in St. Louis, Cleveland, Seattle and Portland. Big proponents of MMJ's. Their corporate culture does not embrace the diversity of the communities they serve. The Gannett branding is a template for every market using the same graphics, music news philosophy in their business model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better benefits to your employees. You are not building loyalty to the company, or the brand, if employees continue to leave because they need better medical and dental. There should be better regional over sight of properties. Find ways to reflect the community you are serving by encouraging local participation without the expectation of direct compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Weekly paycheck. Outdated technology. No leadership. Oh, wait, those are the best things?

    Cons

    Poor management, always scrambling on new initiatives with no follow through, threat based culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit chasing the empty-promise fastest-buck quick-fix no-action business plan and truly focus on serving your communities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Avoid

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    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Gannett full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The newspaper division's assets are in one-newspaper cities/towns.

    Cons

    Poor management, false diversity, shrinking industry. It's a very frustrating company to work for. The CEO takes home millions in earnings while staff doesn't get a raise. Management doesn't encourage their workers, only picks at flaws when they know staff is overworked and underpaid and has been for years now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs a complete overhaul with an entirely new value system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Will squeeze profits from employees anyway they can...benefits, commissions, salary, mileage, expenses.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great experience. You will leave with training and experience that will be invaluable. This on your resume will look very good.

    Cons

    Micro management in its purest form. You will spend 1/2 your time on salesforce.com and the rest on redundant training. I would NEVER work for another company that thinks salesforce is a good idea. Every year for the last 5 years I have made less money than the year before, and sold more...they manipulate commissions so your can't make money. They used Obama care as an excuse to cut our medical insurance to the bare bones and then briefly mentioned how they are self-insured. No co-pays...higher rates, ridiculous deductibles. The layers of management are impossible to navigate. The small group I worked in has 7 salespeople with turnover in the past year alone of 15 people. 5 managers in 3 years not even included. Classic case of over promise and under deliver. They are particularly harsh on long term and older employees. Inflexible culture that does not foster innovation or creativity. The only employees who have had a raise since 2009 are managers. The company then thinks it's a moral boost to send a corporate wide email about how debt free and profitable the company is...at the expense of the employees. The fact that no one at the corporate level even gets that speaks volumes. This could be the study case on corporate culture in the new age. Squeeze customers for more and give them less. Take the product and offer less and charge more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simple...hire good people, pay them well and trust them to do their jobs. Your CRM and management style is so restrictive that I don't think you get more than 30% efficiency from your salesforce. Combined with those inefficiencies, the fact that you have such a huge turnover means that inexperience and training eats the value of those new employees. Most won't stay. Someone at the top decided the more micro managing the better...totally counterproductive. It is all a time suck for both mangers and salespeople. I had a new manager from another group who spent the last 6 weeks on nothing other than trying to make salesforce comply...and I mean nothing. The person you should hire is your salesforce.com rep. Now they did a sales job!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Run quickly

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Buttoned up in HR issues. Has a good direction. A lot of strength in their size.

    Cons

    Budgets are unreachable. They are cutting salaries across the board. Management only cares about themselves. Backstabbing is rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They only care about the all mighty dollar. As they get richer, the working grunts get poorer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nightmare

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation policy and sick time

    Cons

    Terrible training, unrealistic expectations, terrible middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit ruling the place with fear tactics!

    Doesn't Recommend

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