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Gray Television Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
24 Reviews
2.4
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Gray Television Vice Chairman, CEO and Director Hilton H. Howell, Jr.
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  1.  

    Great first job, I learned a lot.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Good Place to Start, Bad Place for Longevity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Let them fly

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work, good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Old technology, supportive News Director and Asst News Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  9.  

    Stay away!

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

    I worked at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    Not much at all, bad place.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    Pros

    Easy going work environment and friendly

    Cons

    low pay scale and not much opportunity to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Current CEO recently told front line employees that they're valuable to the company

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

    I worked at Gray Television full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If this is true, it's about time.

    Cons

    Old habits die hard. Bureaucracies sprang up under the previous CEO. Many higher paid (and more experienced) employees were sacrificed in search of short term profit margin goals. Some problems go unsolved due to having employees with no experience in fixing them. Many valuable workers wound up at competitors, taking advantage of poorly-addressed weaknesses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your promises to the employees you didn't run off. There's not much you can do for the valuable ones you threw under the bus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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