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GateHouse Media Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
106 Reviews

2.0
106 Reviews
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GateHouse Media CEO Kirk Davis
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people and management but there was no growth (in 8 reviews)

  • Easy job, laid back, flexible hours (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • It appears upper management is controlled by accounting majors (in 16 reviews)

  • No raises - not even cost of living - in 3 years and counting (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A good place for students/young professionals

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    Current Employee - Page Designer  in  Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Page Designer in Rockford, IL

    Pros

    - nice people
    - decent pay
    - relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    - odd hours (2pm start time if not on day shift)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Local offices are treading water while corporate can't accept industry's future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Editor in Boston, MA

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities for a self-motivated journalist to gain new experiences and grow a portfolio
    Relatively flexible hours, decent benefits
    Good support locally, some experienced professionals to learn from
    Co-workers are dedicated, hardworking and loyal (until they get burned out)

    Cons

    Pay is below industry standards, especially for location
    Lots of turnover, low morale
    Directives from national corporate are tone-deaf to regional consumers, workload of staff
    Equipment and technology embarrassingly inadequate, outdated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If employees don't see an opportunity to advance, high turnover will continue endlessly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a place for growth

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    Former Employee - Page Designer
    Former Employee - Page Designer

    Pros

    - Good starter job
    - Creative workplace
    - Willing to teach you what you don't know
    - Almost everyone was a delight to work with
    - Pretty lax work environment unless you break deadline

    Cons

    - Working on a daily basis with editors of newspapers from across the country -- the editors were either overbearing and did not trust the page designers or did not care at all about how their paper turned out
    - With anything in the journalism industry, the hours were crazy (mainly second-shift and weekends don't exist), but the biggest problem with this would be reaching the editors after they left their office
    - The transition took up a lot of time and talent and I don't see the quality of papers increasing within the next few years
    - The company was going through bankruptcy and was still buying papers and moving to TX... I think they had a lot of ideas, but the reality of the situation is that they are putting a lot of money into the dying print industry rather than update to digital
    - Overall contributing to the death of journalism and locally owned newspapers

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    Former Employee - Editor  in  North Boston, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in North Boston, NY

    Pros

    Day to day you work with dedicated people who are committed to community journalism; supportive managing editors; somewhat flexible hours

    Cons

    Trying to do more with less has lead to trying to get one editor to do the work of three, plus handle all reporting and keeping the websites up to date, it's an impossible task that leads to stressed, unhappy employees and an inferior product; flexible hours really means you never stop working, so work life balance is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees instead of burning through them and expecting them to just be happy to still have a job.

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

    It's better than nothing

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    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives
    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, freedom to come and go on sales calls without having to check in or clock out, better than being unemployed

    Cons

    No one knows what's going on, poor communication with upper management, too top heavy, too many products to sell with bare bones staff, constantly trying to reduce commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the programs that aren't working and focus more on print and directly only advertising. Communicate with us all directly instead of expecting things to trickle down through the many managers and assistants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Paper boy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Short hours and done by 7am

    Cons

    Wake up early and in all kinds of weather

  8.  

    Incompetent management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A paycheck, relaxed atmosphere, free drinks

    Cons

    Management is incompetent and greedy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company's going down the drain and you're giving yourselves seven figure bonuses. Related?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    What a mess

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    Current Employee - Ad Ops  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Ad Ops in Rochester, NY

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and very low stress. Very easy 9 to 5 type of job.

    Cons

    This company is poorly managed. The management team in the couple departments I worked in were lacking greatly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire smarter people with better management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The same marketing plan will not work in every single market

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    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives
    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives

    Pros

    One of the few positive aspects of my position is seeing my clients see success with the advertising strategies I present to them.

    Cons

    Low pay, unrealistic sales expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your individual markets!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Gatehouse is embarking on a slash and burn campaign with their newspapers. Get out quickly.

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    Former Employee - Editor
    Former Employee - Editor

    Pros

    Can't recommend this company to any journalist,

    Cons

    With a hedge fund driving decisions, it's all about the bottom line, not the journalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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