Lee Enterprises

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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
66 Reviews
2.6
66 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.  

    A good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people who genuinely care about the product being offered.

    Cons

    Tough industry fighting to stay viable.

    Recommends
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    Nice benefits. Very little training

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    • 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 an 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
  6.  

    Classified ad sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Classified Sales in Albany, OR
    Current Employee - Inside Classified Sales in Albany, OR

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

    Pros

    loved the people I worked with
    Allowed me to voice my opinions and complaints without ramifications

    Cons

    Poor pay, inadequate phone system, inadequate computer program for taking classified advertising. It was new, but slow and wasn't designed by people that knew anything about advertising. Getting this system was like taking 3 giant steps backwards. Nobody in management seemed to care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to attract good employees you need to pay them better and treat them better. You need to have an understanding what each job entails and make sure that the equipment you provide is the best in its' field. Not some 1/2 baked piece of "work"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Disorganized Mess

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Care Center Representative in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Care Center Representative in Munster, IN

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

    Pros

    People are nice. Relaxed work environment and supervisors are easy to approach (usually).

    Cons

    Training is minimal. You will end up answering calls for around 18 different newspapers, all of which have different redelivery cut off times throughout the day, dispatching procedures, and other specific factors. You learn as you go, and it can be a complicated job. Supervisors are usually helpful, but ask too many questions and they'll talk about you behind your back or complain that you aren't getting it even though they've told you how to do something "a thousand times". $9.50 an hour is not worth it. On top of the confusion, you get screamed at by customers in, on average, about 70-90 calls per operator per day. Supervisors also don't like talking to irate customers, one of them is actually afraid of confrontation and gets angry at everyone when asked to call someone back, which often leaves the responsibility on you to call them back when you already have a boatload of other calls coming in and other requests to follow up on. At times, the emails you send for them to look into get responses back that don't even make sense - it's like they don't even read them half the time. It's one big disorganized lazy mess - and you get taxed to death on your already meager paycheck for it. You can get incentives too from certain things like saving customers from cancelling their subscription by discounting their price. Usually around $1.00-$3.00 each, but it's in your best interest to keep track of all the incentives you got because even if you send it in on the form you're supposed to send it in on, they may not honor it. They refuse to give raises and won't promote. They recently got rid of two people who had been working for over 20 years there due to "position elimination", both of which they filled with younger employees days after. This company really doesn't know if it's coming or going. Also the people in production that print the Northwest Indiana Times newspaper everyday working 12 hour shifts only make $7.50/hr. Most unappreciated, hardest workers. I really have very little positive to say. The CEO also gives herself bonuses and this was a contributing factor to layoffs in the past year. Needless to say I am seeking a new position as soon as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking bonuses you don't deserve from a starving company. You won't lose your job, but we will. Also, if you don't like confrontation, get the hell Out of customer service call centers entirely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Pleasant workplace, in a struggling industry

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

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

    Pros

    Easygoing work environment, with fairly reasonable deadlines set by management. Friendly, hardworking coworkers. Decent amount of holidays/time off.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement. Little in the way of training/employee development. Revenues have been in steady decline over several years and cost cutting measures continue, affecting all parts of workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current business is shrinking in all markets, can't continue down the current path and hope for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    not a bad place to work if you don't need money.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Packaging in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Packaging in Missoula, MT

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy work,
    night hours,
    ummm..... with in walking distance of a gas station...

    Cons

    no set schedule (pro or con depending what your looking for)
    split shift(6:30-9:30 back at 11:00-2:30)
    some days you only work 3 hours(with some help from packaging supervisors other wise there would be days you only receive 1.5) keep in mind you get 4 hours pay for calling in sick.
    there has been a pay freeze since 2010
    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
    even with the limited hours still manages to b 5-6 days a week due to upper management not letting supervisors hire more people
    out dated equipment
    unwilling to work around your schedule (cant get another job, go to college, plan much out side of the week)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the publisher told during the one and only time the packaging department got to talk with him that we were like keebler elves magically making the paper happen every night kinda out of sight out of mind. I wish they cared about there employees more

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

    Very disappointing

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Horrible Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lee Enterprises

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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