GateHouse Media Reviews

Updated March 26, 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
  • It appears upper management is controlled by accounting majors (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1. Innovation without consideration of history

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company is truly seeking to forge a path in electronic media. As the industry evolves, Gatehouse is ahead of the curve when it comes to embracing change, experimenting with fresh ideas, and understanding the future of news is digital.

    Cons

    Company has so many requirements to meet it's 'Inner circle" that look better on paper than in reality. Requiring X-number of photo galleries, videos, lists and reader created content pulls journalists away from hard news to do this "busy work." Would readers rather have a list of the best pizza places in town, or an investigative piece on political corruption? Staff could deliver the investigative piece but miss making the list, and fail to meet company requirements. The response? Staff learns to put the fluff lists first and not bother with the meaty news that readers want- you know- the kind of local journalism that would keep local news relevant .
    Also, company has not invested in equipment or staff to produce these requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you buy a property, send a representative to meet with them face to face. Otherwise it feels to distant-

    Trust that when you acquire new properties, that there may be some talent within the new ranks of employees, Make an attempt to get to know them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. There's much. More than what meets the eyes in advertising

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    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Taft, CA
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Representative in Taft, CA

    I have been working at GateHouse Media

    Pros

    I'm Meeting new people, learning new skills and with digital ads on the rise it's so important to learn this field

    Cons

    My boss never listens to anything I am saying. I was told I would make commision but I havent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the new employees through training. Learning from co workers just isn't a good practice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. First impression wasn't very honest

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively affordable insurance, some 401k matching, not sure how the company would have been if they didn't buy out an existing company and agree to keep current salaries, PTO plans, etc. but it feels pretty average for the industry.

    Cons

    First impression wasn't particularly honest. Started off the takeover saying they wouldn't make major changes right away, then they started making major changes, including sweeping layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication between corporate and local level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Obviously Middle Management (March 13 review)

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    Current Employee - Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Employee in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    None (Middle management (review from March 13) is obviously just that.) Insurance too much. The 401K stinks.

    Cons

    Everything about Gatehouse. Lies, lies and more lies. Stay far away. Shame on the stockholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I see they are starting to bail. But, get behind your employees. Grow some instead of shaking your head up and down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Purely awful company; their one criteria for employees is willingness to work long hours for ridiculously low pay.

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Oak Brook, IL

    I worked at GateHouse Media

    Pros

    Only one pro: the change to work in journalism. I have to type random stuff to get to the 20-word minimum.

    Cons

    Poor morale; no backup from management; poor management; company overall cares only about the bottom line and nothing about community journalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Be cautious of this company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GateHouse Media

    Pros

    Great co-workers, many dedicated, long term employees

    Cons

    Lost focus of why people purchase newspapers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate your own salaries and hold yourselves to the same standards as employees - either be productive and successful or get shown the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    No different than Halifax

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time

    Pros

    Use to think there some but not anymore

    Cons

    Well just like Halifax, buying more papers but slashing employees at other sites. I thought they would be different but that's what I get for thinking. I look at the website for the former Halifax company and I see that most of those folks at corporate are still there...they are not losing their jobs. I see the "COO"is still there..which I can't believe after the way he sent the Gastonia paper down the tubes...but a lot of people took the fall for him so he keeps his job. I thought Halifax was bad and it couldn't get much worse, but I stand to be corrected, it can get worse and it came in the form of Gatehouse Media

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice...have never seen any Gatehouse gurus since they bought us

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    lack of compassion, energy, toxic

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Canandaigua, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Canandaigua, NY

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

    Pros

    Staff,
    pay,
    vacation time
    training on latest technology
    certifications to help with media

    Cons

    must be available 24 hours,
    not really able to take a vacation
    leadership lacks team work, morals, dictatorship
    equipment not up to date

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a leader who leads a team. Have fun.. loosen up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Excellent Place to work!

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    Former Employee - Special Section Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Special Section Designer in Austin, TX

    I worked at GateHouse Media

    Pros

    Decent salary, peaceful place, the Newscycle system work perfect

    Cons

    Any cons until today, I don't see any complaints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent management no complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Gatehouse

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives
    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives

    I have been working at GateHouse Media

    Pros

    Large base of small newspapers and websites around the country. Smaller local papers have a better chance of surviving than large daily newspapers.

    Cons

    In bad financial shape. Filed for bankruptcy. Very limited resources. Unskilled and poorly trained local managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more money for local resources. The success of the company depends on the local market. Put money into better editorial content and consistent delivery (you have no readers if they don't get the paper).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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