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Gannett Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
409 Reviews
2.5
409 Reviews
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Gannett President & CEO Gracia Martore
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Funding for projects can be challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Significant progress in transformation efforts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

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

    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
  3.  

    Good place to gain newspaper design experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Page Designer/Copy Editor in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Page Designer/Copy Editor in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Gannett has centralized its page design work to five locations throughout the US and each of these hubs is responsible for the design of newspapers in their regions. The work is diverse and covers a good range of small weekly and major metro daily newspapers. The atmosphere is fun, collaborative and creative.

    Cons

    It's print journalism in the US and everyone is expected to do more with less. The work can also be high stress at times.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers make your day a lot easier. People are always willing to teach interns how things work and there is a camaraderie among pretty much everyone on the newsroom floor. Also, relationships made there tend to last long (so lots of career help).

    Cons

    There's a really clear distinction between the upper management and the newsroom. Sometimes it even borders on feeling like a weird caste system. This can cause some resentment and drama if you pay attention to it. Also, interns are unpaid and can't do anything hands-on, basically just leaving them with all the grunt work that no one else wants to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the interns

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Run quickly

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Low morale, consistent layoffs, yet always hiring?

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

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

    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
  10.  

    Gannett review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Gannett (more than 10 years)

    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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Huge Possibilities Mired in Corporate Slowdowns

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    -Great history
    -Decent pay
    -Mid-level management can be excellent
    -Fast-paced environment
    -Great opportunity to grow (especially digitally)

    Cons

    -Poor health care benefits
    -Lack of organizational communication
    -No pensions
    -Raises are given to CEO and corporate management while employees are not

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Health care benefits: Please, please, please go back to offering decent health care benefits. You risk losing some of your best talent to your competition due to expensive health care insurance rates and poor coverage.

    Compensation: It is very frustrating to see our CEO and corporate management get big payouts, while not increasing the pay or benefits for employees who believe in the vision of our company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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