GateHouse Media Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Outstanding company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiting Specialist in Austin, TX
    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 (6)

    Terrible management, sweat shop of newsrooms

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor/Page Designer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Copy Editor/Page Designer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great camaraderie with other page designers, who are devoted to making quality newspapers!

    Cons

    Management makes decisions only according to profit, including understaffing teams to prevent and semblance of a healthy work environment. Barely any training, no breaks, barely allowed time to go to the bathroom let alone take a lunch/dinner break, terrible pay, little upward mobility. They would rather have you turn pages out quickly rather than encourage creative autonomy.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Help

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gastonia, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gastonia, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people I work with

    Cons

    Gatehouse is ruining Gastonia....they are losing customers right and left....this paper has been in business for over 100 yrs. All they care about is the bottom line....between Gatehouse and their consulting firm...Gastonia will be no more...I wish someone would take us out of this mess. Please do not accept a job here...all of us are trying to get out. The management needs to be overhauled.

    Advice to Management

    Kirk Davis.... I hope you are happy with what you are doing to Gastonia...there were a lot of talented people here and they have left and those that remain are looking....it's a sad day in Gastonia....thank you for ruining what use to be a very profitable paper...I only wish I could give a review less than 1 star


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  5. Helpful (2)

    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


  6. Helpful (3)

    They will compensate you for low values

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is sometimes okay to help cover up and offset the poor company values. They always have openings available. Can't seem to hang onto talent.

    Cons

    LOTS of company politics and people stepping on each other for hidden agendas. HR seems much more interested in hiding from legal action than doing what is "right" in any situation. Any accusation might as well be true. Company growing so fast that they can't keep up with employee needs.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Advertising Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Advertising in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director of Advertising in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    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
    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Many Hours

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GateHouse Media full-time

    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Account Executive

    Former Employee - Multi- Media Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Multi- Media Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GateHouse Media (More than 10 years)

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    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.



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