Gray Television Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Great first job, I learned a lot.

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Grand Junction, CO
    Former Employee - Reporter in Grand Junction, CO

    I worked at Gray Television full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment. Tons of experience; writing, editing, producing, and on camera.

    Cons

    Long hours, you often work over-time but your are not allowed to take overtime pay. Low salary.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary and allow reporters to get paid for the overtime that is often required to re-write stories for multiple shows as well as the web.

  2. I wish more people had a voice at Gray.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Newscast Director
    Current Employee - Newscast Director

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Gray offers a good vacation package, and has a tiered health package and offers life insurance for over twice your annual pay and has 401k.

    Cons

    They are not financially supportive on upgrades or improvements to building or equipment. Does not keep up well with staffing. Poor communication between departments and lackluster pay.

    Advice to Management

    Go to departments to check in with staff and to see what they actually do. Try to get a better understanding of situations staff members are put into.

  3. MMJ

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gray Television full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good office culture, ability to take leadership, frequent opportunities for growth and promotion, management listens to employees, managers willing to invest in new technology

    Cons

    Poor compensation, no benefits for the first year, consistently high turnover which adds work to remaining employees, little feedback provided

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  5. Good Place to Start, Bad Place for Longevity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gray Television full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    A lot of new skills to learn and build resume with, mostly friendly staff, ability to network and meet people with similar goals. SOME managers are absolutely great to work with. A good place to see how the local television industry works.

    Cons

    Vindictive upper management, low pay, raises few and far between and when they do happen they are often so small that you don't really see the increase in pay due to taxes eating it all up. Not much room at all for true advancement. Think waiting 10 plus years for someone else to retire so you could "maybe" get that position. Awful hours, almost no one behind the scenes will ever work normal hours, you are either there way before the sun comes up or there way after it has gone down, so kiss a normal life goodbye. Ridiculous/wasteful drug testing policy. Ultra factory like work if you happen to be at an automated station, if not it may seem less like that.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting money on "random" drug tests to 9.99 times out of 10 NOT bust them. Reinvest money into upgraded technology AS WELL AS the people who use that tech. Think about lowering turnover and the costs of hiring new when you could just reward current employees with REAL raises they truly deserve and in return keep a well rounded, well trained, well experience staff that will actually know what the heck they are doing and talking about.

  6. Good training market

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gray Television

    Pros

    Entry Level Training IN A Small market that is tough for new journalists but good experience that can make or break you.

    Cons

    Structured culture and traditional thinking management style. Station departments do not always go with team practices

    Advice to Management

    Let them fly

  7. Helpful (1)

    Hard work, good experience

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    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter

    I worked at Gray Television full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I was a reporter at one of Gray's entry-level, small stations. Once you get benefits after the first 90 days they are amazing. The management at my station was very smart and supportive. Good company culture.

    Cons

    Low pay. Long hours. Working holidays. One-man-banding all my stories. But that's media nowadays.

    Advice to Management

    Stop updating the editing systems every year and hire some photogs.

  8. Old technology, supportive News Director and Asst News Director

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in South Bend, IN

    I worked at Gray Television part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good leadership in the newsroom, ND and Asst. ND were very involved and supportive of the staff.

    Cons

    Notre Dame is all that mattered. Seemed like PR arm of university. Dated equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Put more money into the technology, competitor was tapeless and high definition in the field while we were up converting off of tape using technology from the 90's. Please invest more money in your on-air product and equipment in the field. Felt hindered by the old, outdated cameras, editing system and workflow.

  9. Needs updating

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gray Television

    Pros

    Good People, room for movement

    Cons

    Awful pay, selfish upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw $250,000+ one night parties and invite only on air talent in the market and chalk it up to "saving money." Oops.

  10. Stay away!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Gray Television full-time

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

    Pros

    Not much at all, bad place.

    Cons

    Poor pay, no room for advancement, poor communication, poor management at local level.

  11. Good Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Meteorologist in Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Meteorologist in Eau Claire, WI

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy going work environment and friendly

    Cons

    low pay scale and not much opportunity to move up

    Advice to Management

    None at this time

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