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Gannett Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
370 Reviews

2.7
370 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, pay good for area, schedule somewhat flexible to balance family and work (in 14 reviews)

  • There are many good people within the company but a few spoil it for everyone (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Having a healthy work/life balance is something that's frowned upon (in 7 reviews)

  • Too much senior management that has been unable to produce expected results (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Unfulfilled promises...

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    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Digital Media Designer in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    The is a great place to hone your design skills and work on getting some general resume fluff.

    Cons

    The digital design department (artist in particular) are severally mistreated and under payed. We are constantly told we are the money makers and future of the company but without any respect, recognition or compensation. We are a "growing department" and this means that we have been working 15-20hours of mandatory overtime for since February.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have lost almost 15-20% of our employees to firing or quitting in the last 6 months. If u want to keep employees grant their time off request and don't work them to death. Also communication with mgmnt is practically nonexistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Long and frustrating years of exploitation.

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    Current Employee - Reporter  in  Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Reporter in Asheville, NC

    Pros

    Being a reporter is generally fun and socially rewarding.

    Cons

    Gannett is run by greedy, uncreative, scumbags who would sell their mothers to keep stock prices up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying people off and be happy with the profits. Even if they are declining, we know that newspapers average 16 percent profit margin - and Gannett certainly makes more than that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Large company with lots of potential if you are on the right team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Industry klout, work from home, major brand, changing culture

    Cons

    Dying Publishing industry, slow to innovate, unrealistic goals, under market compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to communicate strategic objectives to workforce and plan before launching campaigns. Goals need to be clear and somewhat attainable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for, tough times

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Lots of great people. Lots of talent, commitment. Everybody there understands the dilemma that the industry is in these days, so only those who are serious about journalism are still there.

    Cons

    Declining newspaper sales has made it tough to journalism a career. Much change on the digital side, lots of opportunities there. There is a new seriousness about being a journalist these days...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that salaries (especially your own) are equitable and fair. Respect the talent that you have available, and re-shape your business quickly and adeptly to meet the changing demand for information.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good early on, sucked the last few years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    There really are no good things about working under the Gannett umbrella any longer. The best thing I did was to leave the company which reduced my stress level one-hundred fold. Money isn't everything and I don't miss this place at all.

    Cons

    Frozen salaries, benefit cost increases, doing more with fewer staff. Yup, there is no getting ahead financially here!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Low morale, consistent layoffs, yet always hiring?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Advertising Executive in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Slashed benefits beginning 2014 and only offer 1 medical plan with a high deductible with zero contribution to meet from the company. Only real pros are those you take charge and claim for yourself. I walked away from this company with multiple certifications in digital marketing, solid relationships with hiring managers all over Nashville, and was able to take my knowledge, skills, and talent to a company who understands the value they offer in the digital marketplace.

    Cons

    Zero leadership in my department, though there were some pretty great managers in other departments that most likely would have taught me something."Head in the Sand" management style and managers who have more industry specific years of experience than you, but possess less knowledge about the actual processes, products, pricing or systems used day in and day out than you. Instead of embracing this fact and sharing their experience with you and strengthening their weaknesses by learning from their team, they constantly deflect and mask their ignorance at all costs.
    Probably the most disturbing bait and switch I observed while employed at this company was when an employee whose previous position was dissolved was hired into a new position on a new team even though the new hiring manager KNEW that within 1-2 months the company planned to layoff that whole team! In fact, 2 different managers had fought over this employee all wanting him/her to take a spot on their team, so if the employee had been placed on one of the other teams, they'd have been saved from the impending layoff.
    How can you convince someone to take a job when you already know that position has already been selected for downsizing?!
    I saw good people do horrible things to one another in a feeble attempt to survive in this cut throat atmosphere. Passive-aggressive, back-stabbing thrives here, and the only justice you'll ever see parceled out is when the layoff hammer finally lands on one of your coworkers who has personally stepped on multiple coworkers trying to save their own skin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not distribute company wide email announcements and press releases claiming the big layoff in 2013 was the only shake up and everyone can rest easy now that it's over and then continue a quiet layoff thereafter taking out 2-5 employees at a time.
    Do NOT layoff employees while actively hiring for positions that are just on the other side of the cube wall!
    Don't hire people based on your new "work-flow" to only lay them off 3-6 months later when you change your mind and restructure the department yet again.
    Although the education is there for those who are hungry to learn and willing to teach themselves everything digital, the lack of support and proper checks and balances makes it impossible for Gannett to ever get their digital initiatives off the ground.

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

    Significant progress in transformation efforts

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Room for growth, inspiring company purpose, strong executive leadership, beautiful office space and smart people

    Cons

    Benefits are not strong and the headquarters is located in terrible Tysons Corner, VA. Tons of traffic and not near a Silver Line metro stop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! I'm incredibly impressed with the companies turnaround and the executive teams transparency. I would encourage management to reconsider benefits packages to make the jobs more enticing. An improved benefits package would be a great way to reward employees for helping make the transformation possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Frustrating,

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    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter

    Pros

    The people were OK to work with and there is mobility within the corporation since Gannett is so large. If you work for one of the metro publications, employees will do well. Not so much for smaller papers. Benefits were good.

    Cons

    I had heard that Gannett buys up profitable local papers and guts them to pour the profits into its other papers. This certainly seemed to be the case at the paper I worked at as a reporter. The family-owned paper was healthy and well-funded with local advertisers when the owner sold it to Gannett. Within two years it was whittled down to a very thin paper the community bitterly complains about. The newsroom became stressful after layoffs and hiring freezes. Gannett even moved the paper to a different location combinbing it with an existing advertiser tab, giving up its historical home in the center of town. There's a big push for diversity, meaning race and gender are considered for employment over experience and skill. While I worked there, reporters were forced to write for USA Today on occassion without the compensation that paper offers and on top of their regular work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your news staff better. Respect the news outlets you buy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Leadership, opportunities for growth, interesting work, working conditions, flexible hours

    Cons

    Funding for projects can be challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Gannett review

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    Former Employee - Reporter  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in White Plains, NY

    Pros

    The company has a number of very talented individuals working there. It can do some things very well. It holds professional standards, for the most part. There is an emphasis on creating a family-friendly workplace.

    Cons

    Short-sighted and near-term thinking are predominant. There's a top-down sensibility that does not encourage flexibility. Group-think is another aspect of the corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the next quarter. Allow more flexibility, less structured behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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