Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated August 8, 2015
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Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck
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Pros
  • Great for an entry level sales person, or someone working in a non sales position (in 4 reviews)

  • Easygoing work environment, with fairly reasonable deadlines set by management (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No raises for years - pay freeze (in 6 reviews)

  • upper management is always looking for ways to cut hours in our department even though we are already coming away with 20-25 hour weeks (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good learning experience, but should have left for greener pastures long before I did.

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    Former Employee - Photojournalist in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Photojournalist in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got to do the type of work I enjoy and worked with some exceptional people.

    Cons

    Lousy hours. I missed a whole lot of family activities and my kids growing up. Very low pay, even for an industry known for low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Expend more resources in putting out a quality product. It will lead to better employee moral and your advertisers will be more inclined to use the newspaper to get their message out.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Local Newspaper Reporter - Terrible Place to work

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Reporter in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You could go out and meet interesting people and there was a fair amount of autonomy in what you did. And it's always fun to see your name in print.

    Cons

    Extremely underpaid and everyone was over-stressed. At a local level there was never anything even remotely interesting to write about. When somthing finally came up it was like the end of the world to the editorial staff -- even little things were urgent and made overly stressful.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Lee Local

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun co-workers make the boiler room telemarketing digital room bearable.

    Cons

    Average employee lasts 3 months, Telemarketing small business and offering 3 packages that do the same thing for $99-$350 per month. FYI it doesn't cost anything to register for Google. Management only cares about sales on a telemarketing board. Complete boiler room with telemarketing cubes, sweat shop goals and no focus on the future. Management has no past management experience, they got hired on being a favorite. and young. No one over 30 in Lee's digital telemarketing team. most of the people that make the packages all were friends before they were hired. All under 25.

    Advice to Management

    Get your resume ready


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Train wreck of a company

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, team building, fun group of people to work with, great location, large company so chance for advancement, easy to get to

    Cons

    horrible training process, lots of employee turnover, wrong people in management, a lot of backstabbing going on, corporate levels that dont understand what other levels are doing


  6. Helpful (3)

    Constant turmoil and downsizing

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    Former Employee - Manager in Rapid City, SD
    Former Employee - Manager in Rapid City, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good brand name that opened doors. Every month, the company seems to deteriorate a little more. The best part was that the co-workers realized this was happening and would do what they could to help each other out.

    Cons

    Upper management, cost cutting, no raises. We endured multiple years of no raises for the employees while the president and upper management group mwho were responsible for the decline of this once great company were rewarded with raises and stock grants on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs a new management team and board of directors. The current group has retained their jobs while the stock price decreased 95+%.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Slowly Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Newsroom in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Newsroom in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people working in the trenches.

    Cons

    Poor management in an industry that needs creative ideas in order to survive. Many employees stick it out because they have spouses with good jobs in the community. Unattached employees typically don't stay for more than a couple of years before moving on, especially the most talented ones.

    Advice to Management

    Give up the perks you seem to expect, invest more time in day to day activities, and promote from within ( although morale is so bad at this point that it may not matter anymore).


  8. Helpful (3)

    Destined for destitution

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    Former Employee - Does IT Matter? All the Jobs There Suck in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Does IT Matter? All the Jobs There Suck in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    What can I say? I spent three years at the Decatur newspaper working with retail sales, the newsroom, the photographers, marketing, and classified ad department. I guess some of the people were okay. You know - the grunts who actually did the work?

    Cons

    Management, management, management,...all utterly worthless. Pointing out actual "cons" is an exercise in simply multiplying every employment factor by zero - a simple waste of time to even quantify all the poor aspects of this place of employment. The list of how to improve things with a wrecking ball would be shorter...and more effective.

    Advice to Management

    Quit now while you're behind (way behind).


  9. Helpful (1)

    Toxic and abusive environment (Townnews.com only)

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Programmer in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I met a few cool people and I did manage to learn quite a few new skill.

    Cons

    I don't think my boss ever said one thing to me that wasn't condescending. It was incredibly frustrating to work as hard as you can every day and be confronted with nothing but insults and harassment. There was a clique of management and a few select employees that were their friends that would harass, berate and behave totally unprofessionally. Management knows of the environment but it's being done by friends and family of a VP and they are totally protected. I should have left earlier. I stayed too long and wound up just walking out. Also, compensation is very low. Townnews.com is tied to the newspaper industry and isn't able to provide competitive pay in the technology sector.

    Advice to Management

    The office culture is too far gone. I couldn't even begin to fix their problem. Multiple people need to be replaced. I don't think their attitudes can be changed at this point.


  10. Horrible Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Casual environment with generally friendly co-workers overall. Lots of promises of improvement to come but lack of execution. Not much else was positive.

    Cons

    There was lack of training and management seemed annoyed anytime people tried to talk to them. There also does not seem to be much room for advancement. The atmosphere is very childlike with people clearly on rather long personal phone calls.


  11. Very disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent co-workers to start with, but the company culture creates animosity.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, uncertain work environment due to many layoffs and zero team loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    There is an incredible amount of useless paperwork and duplicate forms. Value your employees ad they will produce better.



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