Gannett Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Overall, the experience has been positive.

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    Current Employee - Journalist in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Journalist in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Gannett

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

    Pros

    An organization recognized around the world with talented people in every area of the company.

    Cons

    Changes in how the public accesses the news has caused the company to make drastic changes in how it reaches its goals. Unfortunately, many employees who have helped it reach those goals, year-after-year, are deemed expendable in order to do so.

  2. It's had it's ups and downs.

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and decent benefits

    Cons

    Expects too much from employees

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect

  3. Decent Starting Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist

    I worked at Gannett

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed work attire, low stress during off-peak hours, friendly co-workers, can listen to music

    Overall, it was decent. I got what I needed it from it, even though they pulled the rug out from under me and I ended up stuck in a terrible position within the design department. This would be an okay FIRST time job for a student fresh from college, however I strongly recommend you look elsewhere if you have the experience.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with employees, TERRIBLE morale and NO INCENTIVE.

    If you go in, push the button, and work... It's fine. Tune everyone out, and it goes by fast. After a few years, you will want to strangle yourself with the mouse cord or shove the keyboard into your skull to make the customers and management stop. Customers will submit complete and utter trash and you are expected to make something amazing in less than an hour so you meet your quota.

    Do not get attached to anyone since it is pretty much every week someone puts their two weeks notice in to move along to greener pastures.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the employees are people.

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  5. Sr. Developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Able to learn new technology

    Cons

    Sometimes work is stressful. Pay is OK.

  6. Try to find other options

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Gannett full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Pays a decent salary, but below average
    Lots of good people trying to do good things
    Used furloughs to avoid layoffs when the economy tanked

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership
    No strategy, all initiatives are based on reactions
    Politics, especially at the upper management level, is vicious
    No clear lines of authority, accountability and responsibility

    Advice to Management

    Develop a strategy and find executive leadership that can execute
    Clarify roles and responsibilities

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good job with downfalls

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They entrust you with a lot of responsibility and provide clear, thorough instructions for projects.

    Cons

    There's a definite disconnect between upper management and the sales team which results in a high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on communication and interpersonal relationships, not the sale.

  8. If you're a robot, you will fit in perfectly; if you're human, expect to be replaced by the robots . . .

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Newscast Director in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Newscast Director in Boise, ID

    I worked at Gannett full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They give you a paycheck and you can pay your bills as long as you have a job . . . Seriously. I realize I worked there during a time of transition, but I honestly cannot think of any positive changes seen from an employee perspective. Sorry.

    Cons

    Extremely bad health insurance--if you get sick, you may well go bankrupt even with their insurance. Low pay. Management keeps you constantly in the dark about what's going on. High expectations & responsibilities, especially in light of the low pay. (I was a newscast director, had been working in t.v. for almost 20 years, and was making only $12.40/hr. when I left.)

    Advice to Management

    Quit lying to people and actually listen to what employees have to say. During the time I worked at a station in Idaho, Gannett took over Belo. It was obvious several changes were being made, yet when management was repeatedly asked about what the plans for any changes were, they would only shuffle their feet and claim not to know anything. When I correctly predicted some obvious changes, I was hastily shuffled out the door over a refusal to work with my school schedule--one that I had been previously told they would work with me on. EXTREMELY Bad Management from what I've seen!!!

  9. Helpful (2)

    Nice company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Gannett

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People, culture, everyday nice work

    Cons

    constant layoffs, furloughs, basically pay cuts to keep job

    Advice to Management

    none

  10. At least they paid me

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Contractor in McLean, VA
    Current Contractor - Contractor in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Gannett as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It was a step up in pay from my last job, and I was able to negotiate my next move based on the increase.

    Cons

    Everything else. There may be a few bright spots or departments under Gannett's umbrella, but the particular corner of the company I found myself in was completely driven by status quo. Demotivated, disengaged, and uninterested in any new faces or ideas. After years of layoffs, can anyone blame them?

    Advice to Management

    Retire

  11. Helpful (1)

    Working for a dying industry. Gannett is struggling to find its way amid a falling subscriber base

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Circulation District Manager
    Former Employee - Circulation District Manager

    I worked at Gannett (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a small quarterly bonus available if goals are met. Goals are very difficult to meet.

    Cons

    In circulation the managers work on average over 70% of scheduled days off in any given year to cover down routes. Which become more frequent as the compensation decreases due to an ever decreasing subscriber base

    Advice to Management

    No raises for circulation managers for over 6 years. A raise would help morale a bit.

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