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GannettLocal Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
15 Reviews
2.6
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Newspapers dwindling.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerical in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Clerical in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, medical and time off

    Cons

    National company layoffs and unpaid furloughs

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Revolving door I'd never re-enter

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - "Mobile Journalist"
    Former Employee - "Mobile Journalist"

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

    Pros

    Notoriety, opportunity to work with award-winning media talent, ability to re-learn sense of humility

    Cons

    Horrible hours, pay, management, structure, office morale

    I was hired out of college as a "mobile journalist," handed a point-and-shoot camera, and spent the next 89 days of hell chasing around eight year olds kicking each others shins at soccer games and 80 year olds sadly eating cake at care centers like a deranged scrapbooker.

    This job was built on Gannett's half-cocked idea that, if people could see their son/grandma/nephew/neighbor's picture in the paper, they'd buy it. So they hired a league of "MOjos" to run around their various cities and take as many pictures with as many "photo-worthy" patrons (read: kids, kids, kids, old people, anyone in a costume, and kids) as possible. I'm lucky I can still live near a playground.

    With a desire to write and an ill-ability (honest from the get go, not trained in the area and not a lover of it) to point-and-shoot, my pictures were, needless to say, lacking, in that I could never seem to take enough, nor could I correctly spell the last names given to me by patrons whose main source of income was the tooth fairy.

    After running around on Halloween and Election Day from poll-site-to-poll-site, I came in to the office, to be escorted up to the mysterious "third floor," with my 350-lb manager shaking in her cankles, as she claimed she had "no clue" why we were headed to said "third floor," as she'd "never gone up there before."

    Welp. I soon found out. My manager's manager was sitting in the room we entered. She slid a newspaper across the table from me like a pulpy hockey puck.

    "You spelled a name wrong again," she said. Continuing her story, she claimed to have in her hands an e-mail from a woman who had sought her out specifically to complain about to "l"s, a switched "i" and "e,"... who knows.

    "You need to move on," Elvira said.

    And she was not kidding. I was made to leave from the front door, unable to touch my desk again, my coat/keys/cell phone fetched for me by a winded Cankles.

    I was heart broken. The career I loved died on the mysterious Floor 3, and, in its place grew a ripe bitterness. This was capped off about a month later when I received in the mail a box of my things from my desk I had inhabited.

    Among these things? A rotten banana. You see, I was half-finished with my lunch when I was wrenched out of place, up for Floor 3, and ultimately out the door.

    I can't say I'm not bitter anymore, Gannett. But, unlike you, I'm not like a boxed up, half-eaten banana; that is, gross, rotten, and long-ago rendered useless.

    I'll leave that comparison to your company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't bank on your business model. Don't hire with the intent to fire. Get real about what media means in 2014. Let your employees finish their fruit before you kick them out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Bad services

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at GannettLocal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people
    Fast growing
    benefits are no longer good
    no other pros

    Cons

    Poor service/prodcut quality
    Poor customer experience
    Disconnected/terrible upper mgmt.
    Poor training
    substandard compensation
    Poor raises (if at all)
    No work/life balance at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better at keeping the good people.
    Stop adding in more layers of mgmt. and becoming more disconnected. This is why growth is slowing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Probably one of the worst steps of my career

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    Former Employee - Digital Sales Engagement Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Digital Sales Engagement Specialist in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, including PTO/Sick Time but you're not allowed to use it. Fair pay.

    Cons

    Terrible management; most managers are there because they had a friend or family member bring them in or they've been there since the beginning and have had no prior managerial experience. There is no training except for an online program that you won't have time to use during your 40-hour week. Moving up or even staying in your position is a popularity contest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what's going on under you -- there's a reason why there's a high turnover and it's not because of the entry level talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It started out great, but this place is a mess!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GannettLocal

    Pros

    easy work, lots of free snacks

    Cons

    salary is low and the moral is as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get it together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Creative and informative internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paid Media Intern in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Paid Media Intern in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at GannettLocal as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work closely with a youthful staff. Great environment to learn the digital marketing industry.

    Cons

    Max 40 hours available to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Typical terrible office environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Traffic Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Advertising Traffic Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at GannettLocal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - The majority of co-workers are friendly and really nice people.

    Cons

    - Terrible management, both sales and operations
    - Tiny cubicles crammed into an old conference room
    - High turnover
    - Office hours are 8-5. Don't be one minute late or leave one minute early!
    - Don't worry about having to pay for parking. They will just take it out of your paycheck to save you the hassle.
    - Low starting salary with very little raises.
    - Advancement is about being the managers best friend and not how well you do your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Uncaring sales department

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

    I worked at GannettLocal full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are awesome to work with, and the environment is sometimes fun. The benefits are decent

    Cons

    The President pretends to be hands-on at the beginning, but you'll rarely see him once you're hired. They claim that you'll be hired in sales, trained, then moved to the department best suited for you. They don't do that.
    Cubicle city, which everyone knows is the worst work environment in the world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your people. Treat them well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Growing company with lots of opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Extremely fast growth
    Fast paced learning environment
    Great people
    Plenty of career opportunities from an entry level stand point

    Cons

    With fast growth come chaos but as long as you are willing to work hard you will be fine.
    No straight forward career plan from a Sr. level position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your employees needs
    Increase pay to be competitive in industry
    Better reward/incentive program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Disappointing leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Digital Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Competitive base salary
    Great downtown location
    Leaving early if you meet goal every Friday

    Cons

    High attrition rate. Most managers spend time interviewing potentional employees rather than being on the floor to provide leadership. No real training. After listening to someone talk for 2 days about products and services we were sent to the sales floor to fend for ourselves no software or systems training. Most of the training consisted of sitting with Account Executives and learning from them while splitting your commission with them 50/50. Be prepared to pay $48 per month for parking in the AZ Republic garage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with your employees developing a defined career path.
    Be available to employees to provide leadership.
    Overhaul your training program. (i.e. Develop a training program and provide continued training)
    Automate your payroll system. Paper timecards are time consuming and archaic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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