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GateHouse Media Reviews

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

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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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  1.  

    Not a great place if you really want a future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Encouraged ideas, somewhat flexible hours, wonderful coworkers giving journalism a good name. Good starting place for reporters who want to learn and then find meaningful employment elsewhere.

    Cons

    Management stifles innovation and creativity through second-guessing and micro-managing. There's an inherent expectation of working more than 40-hour work week, though OT is rarely approved. Outdated equipment and constantly changing backend system that is flawed. Management is always watching its butt, creating a culture of fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage participation in projects. Don't shoot down ideas that don't fit the corporate mold. Pay the people who save your butt daily. It doesn't take a lot to show appreciation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Had great potential

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    Former Employee - Page Designer  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Page Designer in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    Very dedicated coworkers and I enjoyed the creativity and design that was sometimes allowed in the role.

    Cons

    Very poorly organized, bad management decisions. They had great ideas, but the poorly implementation led to bankruptcy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Total lack of respect from management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Co-workers are wonderful people. They make you feel appreciated when management doesn't.

    Cons

    Management does not like women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember where you came from. I'm sure your bosses weren't anything like you. The good management team that used to be in tact would be horrified.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Editor

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    Former Employee - Sports Editor  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sports Editor in Boston, MA

    Pros

    General autonomy, flexible hours (outside of deadline days), creative freedom, and highly intelligent/capable coworkers.

    Cons

    Awful pay, a lot of hours relative to compensation, and the risk of working in a failing industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more innovative and explore more ways to create, distribute, and share content. Adopt a different methodology for managing the team and commit more fully to a fun, collaborative office environment.

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

    Worked at Gatehouse Media's MetroWest Daily News

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    Former Employee - Editor  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Editor in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    Generally pleasant, friendly staff in newsroom from top down - and very busy because there are multiple regions within MetroWest and each community generally has its own weekly and MW Daily News and Milford dailies w/ somewhat overlapping territories. Weeklies usually had one editor for one or MORE communities who also wrote most of the news and usually only had one extra staffer per weekly, if that, so always busy, could be harried. But news staff tended to be friendly, gung-ho and socialize with each other after work too, so friendly atmosphere generally. Advertising very busy too, seemed more harried.Compensation OK for higher up editors, not great for support staff and at last check pages production was due to be moved out of state and done all via Net so worrisome RE potential mistakes slipping in with layout process taking place a couple of time zones away and done by those not familiar with the region. Generally easy to switch jobs here. At last check, good Can-Do attitude in newsroom and news-side support staff.

    Cons

    Exceedingly busy - most of the newsroom people including support staff need to be adept at multitasking and pride themselves on becoming so. Journalists pay OK, but not given the size of the national company. Support staff pay generally considerably less than reporting staff - or ad staff.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Helps build a foundation for future journalism work

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    Former Employee - News Intern  in  Needham, MA
    Former Employee - News Intern in Needham, MA

    Pros

    Office culture at the Needham office was relaxed, editors were very friendly and nurturing to a young intern. I enjoyed the weekly seminars for interns led by one of the editors. A lot of good journalism goes on here. Because they are short-staffed, there are opportunities for interns to take on real responsibility.

    Cons

    Seems like the company might be a little behind on the industry's current transition to digital.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Horrifying

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    Former Employee - Reporter/Editor  in  Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Reporter/Editor in Downers Grove, IL

    Pros

    One: desire to work in journalism

    Cons

    Truly dreadful and clueless management. Stunningly awful pay and morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Is a bit of a mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy job, laid back, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Really low pay.
    They won't let you collect overtime but expect you to work over 40hrs but just not get paid for it.
    People in positions of authority have no business being in charge of anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more money and hire some people who know how to lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay far away, VERY far away from this mess of a company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA

    Pros

    Besides the nice and knowledgeable staff (the ones who have survived), this is a company in complete disarray. Upper management are human garbage piles who don't care about their employees, laying people, GOOD people, off left and right. More concerned about the bottom line than the average employee, and are incompetent about journalism to boot. Outdated products. Outdated practices. Resistant to change. Inability to innovate. That's the trademark of GateHouse. Why would you want to work for a company that is in bankruptcy and has the AUDACITY to BUY other publications?

    Cons

    No raises. No opportunity for advancement. No overtime. Benefits stink. Always looking over your shoulder waiting for the next round of layoffs, thinking it'll be you next. No way to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To upper management: When you eventually leave, enjoy your golden parachutes while the real, hard-working employees who have a soul (unlike you), lose their mortgages and kids' college funds and have no skills to get another job because there's no room for advancement in your dilapidated, decrepit company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Frustrating

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    I had great hours for my current life.

    Cons

    Micromanaged. Lied to. Spied on. Picked on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on your people. Stop making people feel inferior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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