Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck
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Pros
  • Good entry-level position for the sales and reporting fields; you are basically thrown into the fire, which is actually a good way to learn your job (in 4 reviews)

  • There are a lot of good people throughout the company who work hard and care about producing great work every day (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No raises or incentives for production, only sales (in 6 reviews)

  • uncertainty of job, average salary, no room for advancement in career (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good Training and Benefits, not so good pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oregon in Coos Bay, OR
    Current Employee - Oregon in Coos Bay, OR

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Small Office Enterprises
    Great Training program

    Cons

    My manager is too hands on for me. Corporate Communication is not good. One side of the office doesn't know what the other side does. too much personal politics

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lee Enterprises

    Pros

    Lots of training and development

    Cons

    Publicly held company, high pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees engaged in a personal manner

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. The most dysfunctional corporation to ever exist.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I made some really good friends.

    Cons

    The management is young, inexperienced, and immature. They have no idea how to handle conflict among st employees or customers, They are very immature. The hourly salary is pathetic for someone with a college education. The HR department doesn't care about employees and their well being, and could care less if you have a concern. The working environment is not conducive to productive work flow. The sales team that is constantly on the phone, sits too close to the individuals that aren't. They also play loud and inappropriate music in the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Get a college education.
    2. Act like you are an adult.
    3. Stop having office affairs.
    4. Act like a manager, and handle situations accordingly.
    5. Be consistent in disciplining employees.
    6. Get managerial training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Delivered Papers and Thrifty Nickels as Independent Contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Independent Contractor in Davenport, IA
    Former Contractor - Independent Contractor in Davenport, IA

    I worked at Lee Enterprises as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Enjoy my customers and deliverying papers

    Cons

    only made 11 cents for daily and Saturday paper and 30 cents a paper on Sunday. My entire paycheck was under 650.00 per month minus 200.00 for gas. So I was making well under minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The expense to customers for the newspaper for monthly subscriptions and vending price is $1.00 per newspaper daily and $2.00 on Sunday. Even though the increased the price of the newspaper for customers they never raised the carriers wages never increased, the carriers for Lee enterprises have not raised the carriers wages in over a decade even with the inflation of gas and oil making it hard to keep even quality carriers who get up every day 7 days a week in every type of weather to work for pennies for their company now this is what I call loyalty is any carrier who stays past a year for that type of wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. Focused on the wrong things

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Controller in Lihue, HI
    Current Employee - Controller in Lihue, HI

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salaries in certain areas for managers. Some growth opportunities in certain departments. Some opportunities to receive additional training for managers.

    Cons

    Deep expense cuts and layoffs while higher-ups get bonuses. Poor and outdated software systems. Certain managers are hired for the wrong reasons. Employee complaints are not taken seriously enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example. If you are asking your employees to cut expenses, don't give yourself a bonus, no matter how hard you are working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great people/culture, challenging industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Subscription Sales
    Former Employee - Subscription Sales

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable, trusting people. Interesting industry/company. Definitely has and executes on a core competency. I had great experiences w/everyone, even HR. A very nice place to work.

    Cons

    Jobs are scarce and require travel throughout the properties. Pay is low just due to industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. A good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people who genuinely care about the product being offered.

    Cons

    Tough industry fighting to stay viable.

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Behind on technology and communication

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises

    Pros

    Steady schedule, benefits, decent pay. After working an ever changing work schedule, it was nice to switch to an 8-5 job. I enjoy the set schedule and ability to know when I work next. The benefits are pretty normal for a job like this. Nothing great, but it's better than nothing!

    Cons

    Way behind on the technology offered for creating and booking advertisements. The system runs so slow and makes life a lot harder than it should be. There is a lack of communication from the top to the bottom. The bottom is the last to know everything and they are the one's who have to deal with the public. It makes them look bad when they are not informed of changes or problems. There is no moving up so you are pretty much stuck where you get hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your people. Actually follow through with changes implemented.

  10. Loved being a reporter, hated being owned by a corporation.

    Former Employee - Reporter
    Former Employee - Reporter

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great community, always fascinating and rewarding work.

    Cons

    No raises while Mary Junck rakes it in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some human feeling for the slaves. Now I hear that the masters will be outsourcing pagination, as if the paper's reputation in the community needed to fall any further.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Nice benefits. Very little training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ad Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Ad Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Local paper, corporate benefits

    Cons

    Very little training, limited sales tools available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer sales training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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