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Gannett Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
412 Reviews
2.5
412 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Not for the OCD clean types

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    Current Employee - Electrical Technician in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Electrical Technician in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Competative pay, decent benifits, not too demanding

    Cons

    Plant is a disaster area. Spend more time looking for parts and tools to do job than time acually working on equipment.
    Only 37.5 hrs scheduled per week and no overtime until after 40 hrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization of resources is the key to minimum down times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Little value for quality news or skilled professionals

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Frustrated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    The team I work with is great. Everyone pulls together despite the frustrations.

    Cons

    Executive level managers are not in tune with what it is like on the front lines. Processes and systems make it very difficult for the sales staff to actually go sell. No one seems to care and they have cure resources so badly. There is plan in place for development and those that have greater aspirations end up feeling like they are on a hamster wheel. Many intelligent hard working employees are looking elsewhere. It is unfortunate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions that are in the best interest of the clients and employees and you will be rewarded. Develop your staff! Delegate and LET GO! Remove the bad seeds and don't be blind to the issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very corporate experience and a lot of politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful building and the GLT is a great group of people who have many experiences.

    Cons

    Tysons is not a great area.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great internship opportunity that helped me learn a lot, as well as gain credible work experience.

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    Former Employee - New Media Journalist in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - New Media Journalist in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Gannett as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Credible work place. Work experience. Adding material to my port.

    Cons

    Based downtown/no parking. Small stipend.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Felt like a used car salesman. They teach you to con your customers.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Shreveport, LA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Shreveport, LA

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

    Pros

    Freedom and office personnel are friendly

    Cons

    Too many meetings not enough ojt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real! To much sugar not enough help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    They're focused on bottom-line and don't fully value their human collateral.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant

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

    Pros

    Lots of technological resources and some decent training. The company is innovative with their proprietary tech products and they are smart with digital ventures.

    Cons

    The company owns many local community newspapers and TV stations as well as USAToday. The board and leadership at corporate seem to forget that these sites are in much smaller markets than DC where USAT is headquartered. They try to make their smaller brands function like USAT and demand huge results without giving the local sites enough support in HR or enough payroll to pay a decent wage. They expect national digital brands to resonate in all local markets. Seems like they're always looking for someone to fire. Soon there won't be enough bodies left to implement their large scale visions. I honestly wonder a lot why I still have a job. I don't create revenue - not in my job function. I just try to save money whenever I can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about why people are leaving the company in droves. Listen to your employees. Stop paying huge bonuses to department directors who don't meet revenue goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mid Level Managment is the problem.

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    Current Employee - Producer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Producer in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Strong company name recognition. Try's to be cutting edge. No non compete. People are dropping like flies great opportunity for new people coming in.

    Cons

    Mid level mgmt can not be trusted. They threaten there employees to get results but don't follow through unless it's the ones the don't like not producing. Nepotism and favoritism at its finest. Not everyone is held to the same standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People aren't dumb they see through the lies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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