Gannett Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
378 Reviews
2.5
378 Reviews
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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.  

    Great place to learn (not grow), unstable work environment

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Gannett full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    they have the resources of large corporation
    there were ample commission opportunities when I first started
    team willing to help close sales

    Cons

    turnover in management
    changes in commission structure gave impression that they don't want you to succeed
    product offering subpar
    no clear vision or direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    identify a vision and stick with it. be more creative with your product offering. revamp of personnel and culture may be needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    OK place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gannett

    Pros

    OK corporate environment when you are starting out

    Cons

    very little training for newbies

  3.  

    Frustrating,

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    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter

    I worked at Gannett full-time for more than a year

    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
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  5.  

    Corporate Newspaper

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    Former Employee - Staff Writer  in  Bethany Beach, DE
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Bethany Beach, DE

    I worked at Gannett full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I got lots of stories published. And health insurance. As an entry-level reporter, the salary sounded good, considering newspapers are notorious for their low pay. Pay wound up being about $12.50 an hour after everything. Insurance is okay.

    Cons

    Overworked in a transitioning industry. My editor was young, cheap and micromanaged. I had to attend meetings with my colleagues to "learn how to write" news stories. That's what I went to college for. They sunk my contributions for a 401K into their crappy company stock, meaning I only had about half of what I contributed returned to me when I cashed out of that joint.
    Pick up some clips at Gannett, then ditch that hellhole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of going for the youngest, cheapest editors available, why not trust your newspapers to sage journalists?

  6.  

    Sinking ship with little hope of survival

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    In the local offices, the people are great.

    Cons

    Work atmosphere and organization is constantly changing. Furloughs are a constant concern. Layoffs are also always a constant concern. There is a huge disconnect with Management and the "worker bees".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Not many good reasons. It's the biggest newspaper company so there aren't many other choices.

    Cons

    Low pay, no pay raises, benefits suck, employees are FTEs, not people. Easily hundreds of labor violations that go unreported because people are worried about retaliation. Company is ruled by fear. No real vision of how to turn around the profit losses other than to cut expenses, said FTEs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. Get some people in who have a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gannett

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn, strong management support, innovative & willing to change

    Cons

    The media business in General is challenging in itself

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Acct exec

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Gannett full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Meet new people daily, out and about and ability to work independtly

    Cons

    Unattainable goals. Little support, unending paperwork

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great fit for some, but not for me

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Gannett full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Gannett has a reasonable benefits package, and because of the size of the company, many divisions to choose from and many locations.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is non-existent, pay is, I believe, above average in the sales jobs, but continue to ask for more and more from employees for less and less. Commissioned positions should offer more flexibility if goals are being met.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as people, not just numbers on a spreadsheet. Make time to communicate with employees, and you will see better results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Manager

    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I worked at Gannett full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It used to be really good money, and never got boring!

    Cons

    major stress, unreasonable expectations at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your good people. don't allow strife in the office.

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