Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
61 Reviews
2.5
61 Reviews
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Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leader in the industry for making the transition into digital

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Great, hard-working people, company making significant investments in all the right areas, refinancing deal extends runway for further transformation

    Cons

    Need to continually address perceptions that newspaper industry is dying

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exceptional career based company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises (more than an year)

    Pros

    Takes care of their employees on a daily basis. I noticed majority of the negative reviews are coming from past employees. That seems typical. If you come to work and do what you are suppose to do then you will have no worries.

    Cons

    Still looking. you know your in the right place if you are happy to come to work the next day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Consultant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Media Consultant in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Great pay, excellent benefits and top notch leadership. They have created a wonderful environment for success.

    Cons

    Lee properties tend to be in small market areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    LeeLocal Sales - best job in 15 years of sales.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LeeLocal Digital Media Consultant (Sales) in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - LeeLocal Digital Media Consultant (Sales) in Davenport, IA

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

    Pros

    Uncapped commission. Lots of spiff $$. Monthly giveaways! I have worked in boiler room-type environments in the past and LeeLocal is the FURTHEST from this type of operation that I have ever seen. Sales, Fulfillment and Retention depts have grown significantly in the 17 months I have been here. This Sales job requires a true consultant's mindset and consequently, those who come in expecting to "turn & burn" will NOT thrive. Great product development!

    Cons

    High turnover with those who cannot "grasp the concepts". Digital is an ever changing environment, those who are too rigid to adapt, cannot think on the fly and who are not willing to problem solve to improve CLIENT's online presence and visiblity will go by the wayside and will not be employed for long with this company (3-4 months to get up to speed). Not a CON in my opinion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Environment and Helpful People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Munster, IN

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Strong training helps you learn the ropes Helpful supervisors are there if you need any questions answered. Any information about the multiple newspapers is available on the computer, so memorizing isn't a requirement. You can always look up what you need to know. Most employees have been there several years (one for 40!)

    Cons

    Customers can be very rude and demanding. Hours can be long, and you have to stare at two computer screens your entire shift. It can be uncomfortable after a few hours - like any desk job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! I've felt comfortable since I started, and I believe the networking and communication here is very clear and concise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people who work here care

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporter in Longview, WA
    Current Employee - Reporter in Longview, WA

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong community ties, loyal readership, commitment to accuracy, wins awards every year, and the staff cares about their work and each other. Good health benefits & 401K.

    Cons

    Not everyone who leaves is replaced, and those who are replaced aren't replaced very quickly. No raises in years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raises would lift morale and make it easier to hire quality staff that will stay longer. Hire an assistant city editor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great coworkers, great customer service, poor management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longview, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longview, WA

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Comparable pay for entry level employees, friendly staff, active in the community.

    Cons

    No raises for years - pay freeze. Working late when sales staff missed deadlines and production staff had to stay after-hours to get everything done. Sales Staff got commission (aka a reward for missing a deadline) production team (graphics, prepress, printing staff, circulation, carriers) got longer hours with no reward. No overtime. No employee incentive program, little to no training program for new employees, slow on equipment upgrades. High turnover rate, especially in circulation, sales staff and carriers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee incentives for all staff, not just sales team. Manager training.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Five years at corporate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Director in Davenport, IA

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great CEO. Friendly people. Commitment to quality. Excellent communications.

    Cons

    Short-sighted middle management. Slow transformation.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people trying hard in a tough industry

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Chippewa Falls, WI

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises

    Pros

    The company is full of people who really seem to care about their work - professional journalists. They are dedicated to the idea of spreading news for the good of the community knowledge. Most people truly seem to work hard every day.

    Cons

    The company doesn't (or can't) offer competitive salary to keep the high talent people they need to turn things around.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I had a good experience - many factors can determine if you do, too

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter in Central Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Reporter in Central Valley, CA

    I worked at Lee Enterprises

    Pros

    Good place to start. I had a nice amount of independence and was trusted to do my work well. From what I have heard vaguely from others in the field, Lee is one of the "less evil" companies. The benefits were excellent, even if the salary was low. It was as low-pressure of an atmosphere as you could expect from a newspaper.

    Cons

    Low pay, a lot of variance depending on what office you worked in. It could really change the way your work-day looked, even if the next office is ten or twenty minutes away. The variables could include what your boss is like, what your coworkers are like, how the office is set up, what geographical area you cover, and if you get on someone's bad side or good side - which would seem to apply at any company. That is meant more as a caveat. Working in a small office means conflicts are more pronounced. The building was kind of old and had rats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I didn't know enough about how "senior management" ran things to really give them advice. I had no problems with them, but I didn't see them much on a day-to-day basis. From what I've heard from other people in general (outside the company), not seeing senior management on a day-to-day basis isn't always a bad thing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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