GateHouse Media Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Oak Brook, IL

    I worked at GateHouse Media

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

    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 Management

    Get out.

  2. Helpful (3)

    No different than Halifax

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time

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

    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 Management

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

  3. Helpful (2)

    lack of compassion, energy, toxic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

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  5. Excellent Place to work!

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

    I worked at GateHouse Media

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent salary, peaceful place, the Newscycle system work perfect

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Excellent management no complaints

  6. Helpful (1)

    Gatehouse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives
    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives

    I have been working at GateHouse Media

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

    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 Management

    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).

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great work environment, very poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives in Arkadelphia, AR
    Current Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives in Arkadelphia, AR

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Work environment, co-workers, benefits, flexible schedule, puts family first.
    Most of the advertising in this location is long-standing, so you always have a base of good clients to work with. This area isn't growing much, be the paper always comes up with opportunities to advertise in new and unique ways.

    Cons

    Management, salary, no opportunity for advancement.
    The management of our branch, our region, and the company in general is very poor. They contracted with a terrible digital media company to try and move advertising online. However, in small, rural towns, it's next to impossible to get people to spend money in digital advertisements when the community doesn't use the web all that much. Propel is overpriced and underperforming.

    Advice to Management

    Consider who you put in management positions, and don't just hire the first person that applies. Our location covers the ads and billing for multiple properties, and everyone is overworked and underpaid.

  8. Great place to work in sales with a base salary plus commission.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives
    Former Employee - Multi-Media Advertising Account Executives

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing! You're allowed the freedom needed to get your job done; meaning you're not micro-managed, at least when it comes to the direct person you are reporting to.

    Cons

    Leadership and training is lacking. People are thrown into positions without proper training.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Detached management system.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Multi Media Sales Representative in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Multi Media Sales Representative in Providence, RI

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    My long standing customers have trust and believe I am selling products that are in their best interest.

    Cons

    Since the acquisition by GateHouse Media in Sept 2014. Every employee lives in fear of being fired or downsized. This company has no loyalty to the customers, it's readers or the product. Management has a corporate plan and it is implemented no matter what. Work is being outsourced to sub contractors causing loss of jobs.

    Advice to Management

    The very nature of small business is customer satisfaction and the promotion of growth. The company needs to look at the source of the revenue and the need of the customers not the agenda of the management.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Constant high pressure from ALL managers!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rockford, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Working for the local newspaper.

    Cons

    They want just pretty young ladies for sales.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the non stop pressure!

  11. The worst, most unprofessional issues I have ever experienced in any company, large or small.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing and Sales Consultant
    Current Employee - Marketing and Sales Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    Gaining experience and training in the Marketing field.

    Cons

    Poor management, poor pay, low morale, improper marketing strategies, no training and no internal marketing for Propel Marketing (new development of Gatehouse Media.)

    Advice to Management

    Figure your stuff out. Figure it out.

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