Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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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. Business development manager

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Short company name, smells delicious in my office, I mean come'on can anybody find a shorter company name? Anyone? 20 words minimum hit.

    Cons

    Short company name, lots of folks with belly button lint, smells like shoes in other peoples offices. If only they could find a longer company name this place would be balls to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Longer company name. Air fresheners for certain peoples offices. Lint traps. 20 word minimum hit? Anyone?

  2. Good Training and Benefits, not so good pay

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    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)

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

    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

  3. Sports Designer/Copy Editor

    Former Employee - Designer/Copy Editor in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Designer/Copy Editor in Provo, UT

    I worked at Lee Enterprises part-time

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

    Pros

    Made some good friends. Loved working in journalism.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Replaced a publisher/Managing Editor with decades of experience with a dumb kid 2 years out of college who completely changed things and merged departments which were running fine just because he had the power to change things and then proceeded to do so to justify his title.. Our department moved our desks and work area three times in less than two years on his capricious whims and all of his strategies eventually failed. He did manage to destroy morale. HR is a joke and the simplest thing like an employment verification for a rental application was a major pain and took too long. Final straw was when Lee decided to go with a Regional Design Center in the midwest and use a cookie cutter approach to the design of their many different newspapers and they outsourced our entire department's jobs with just 3 weeks notice, letting many great people go including folks who had worked at the paper for decades. Many people will be happy when print journalism completely dies off and Lee goes out of business..

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty in the workplace is a TWO way street. You want employees who are hard-working and loyal to Lee, but you refuse to return that loyalty in the form of performance reviews, raises or even job security. SHAME on you. You deserve to go out of business.

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  5. Dying Industry - Management are Hypocrites - Stay Away

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Representative in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Representative in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Friends made with co-workers. Helping customers.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Unresponsive HR department to concerns about upper management conduct, no pay increases while big wigs raked it in.

    Advice to Management

    Pass down some of that bonus money down the pipe.
    Put an immediate stop to office affairs - no excuse for boss employee relationships.
    Stop micromanaging.

  6. Horrible place to be an entry level employee in advertising.

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales

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

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

    Pros

    The editorial side of the company was excellent and well educated.

    Cons

    Horrible HR department, no room for growth, extreme turnover rate, little training for new hires, and a generally very passive aggressive environment.

  7. High performance

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

    I worked at Lee Enterprises

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

    Pros

    Lots of training and development

    Cons

    Publicly held company, high pressure

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees engaged in a personal manner

  8. Helpful (1)

    The most dysfunctional corporation to ever exist.

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Delivered Papers and Thrifty Nickels as Independent Contractor

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Focused on the wrong things

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great people/culture, challenging industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Subscription Sales
    Former Employee - Subscription Sales

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

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