GateHouse Media Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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GateHouse Media CEO Kirk Davis
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Pros
  • Great people and management but there was no growth (in 8 reviews)

  • Relatively flexible hours, decent benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • I didn't like how upper management ran the smaller newspaper locations (in 16 reviews)

  • Incubator newsroom" is GH corporate lingo for "Sh*t pay, no raises (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Outstanding company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiting Specialist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at GateHouse Media

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work with opportunities for internal growth throughout the GateHouse company.

    Cons

    Nothing that springs to mind.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Production Manager

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

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in scheduling, opportunity for those who want it

    Cons

    Pay is not compatible with similar jobs locally


  3. Helpful (1)

    Advertising Director

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Advertising in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director of Advertising in Boston, MA

    I worked at GateHouse Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really nice people to work with, great mid management team and an upper management team that will listen to new ideas.

    Cons

    Too many long timers, who are happy to do the bare minimum rather than trying to excel. Upper management also needs to understand whats happening out on the street when making decisions.

    Advice to Management

    When you get a talented member of staff - Let them flourish without throwing all your problem areas at them.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    One of the lowest-paying design jobs in the industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Page Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Page Designer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at GateHouse Media

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's designing pages for newspapers.

    Cons

    $12.50/hr with no signs of a raise after one year.

    Advice to Management

    Give your designers feedback on how they're doing and in some cases you need to give them a raise.


  6. Account Executive

    Former Employee - Multi- Media Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Multi- Media Account Executive in Boston, MA

    I worked at GateHouse Media (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The best reasons to work there were given severance packages and shown the door.

    Cons

    The management is based on unrealistic expectations. Upper management taking huge bonuses when laying off essential editorial staff and production staff.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Many Hours

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GateHouse Media full-time

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

    Pros

    Because of turnover you can advance quickly.
    Management compensation is not bad, but most staff atthe local level are severely under compensated.

    Cons

    Everything is for the benefit of shareholders and not employers, customers, or employees.
    Deploys a one size fits all mentallity for all properites.

    Advice to Management

    See above comment: "One size fits all" strategy is not working and by forcing many of you propertiesto give away print ads to support your digital products is devaluating your newspaper properties.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Low pay, low quality

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

    I have been working at GateHouse Media

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair benefits package. Room for advancement.

    Cons

    No raises for some time. Pay needs to be higher for standard of living in area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep good employees by offering raises, other incentives.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Steer clear of Gatehouse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales in West Frankfort, IL
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales in West Frankfort, IL

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great hours and pleasant customers.

    Cons

    The newspaper business is in a downward spiral. Gatehouse is now forcing Sales to sell substandard digital products. Management has zero idea of what the customer base is all about.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Digital Account Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GateHouse Media full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good sites to represent.

    Cons

    Terrible comp plans and work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Look for a new job.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Continued Management Failings Defined the Fall of this Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at GateHouse Media

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

    Pros

    Great Co-workers and a family atmosphere held steady during trying times of mismanagement and financial missteps.

    Cons

    Antiquated management techniques, and poor financial management of the company top down. Upper management did not convey any sense of confidence to co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people you need to help you succeed. Not financial investment, but time investment with updated coaching and training. You must create a direction that everyone both adopt and execute, but you need to invest the time and training to help them execute your plan. And you need to start by better training all levels of management on what your go to market strategy really is.



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