Lee Enterprises
2.5 of 5 57 reviews
www.lee.net Davenport, IA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
Lee Enterprises – Davenport – “Lee Enterprises Corporate Office”

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2.5 57 reviews

                             

31% Approve of the CEO

Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck

Mary E. Junck

(29 ratings)

27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
57 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "There are a lot of good people throughout the company who work hard and care about producing great work every day"
    in 3 reviews
  • "The digital offerings are as advanced as the larger tier1 and tier 2 newspaper groups in the country"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "No raises or incentives for production, only sales"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Very low pay, even for an industry known for"
    in 4 reviews
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    Horrible Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThere 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Salary means overworked and underpa

    District Manager (Current Employee)
    Munster, IN

    ProsNone, company doesn't see people only dollar signs

    ConsManagement can fire people at will

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget the little people who got you where you are

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales people are going to sell you a boring job

    Advertising Assistant (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsThe other workers. Not much to do.

    ConsFrequent changes, no direction. The paper industry is whithering.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Learning a lot, but times are very uncertain

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsNo raises, medical insurance is not good, management doesn't communicate with each other. Constant layoffs makes you wonder if you're next.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove communication with each other and keep the employees in mind re: stress and giving them too much work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Grueling micromanagers, climate of fear prevails.

    Editor (Former Employee)

    ProsComplete resume job. Work here and move on as soon as you have a few months under your belt. You'll be worked to death, paid the industry minimum but you will get plenty of experience.

    ConsCorporate constantly imposing ludicrous and sometimes inexplicable tasks. Management expects long hours for little compensation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your people what they are worth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They try to wring too much out of too little staff.

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
    Munster, IN

    ProsThey are always hiring, so it's pretty easy to get in the door. I enjoyed the variety of people and conversations I had had throughout the work day. You could make bonus money based on your ability to upsell and collect on delinquent accounts. It offers part-time positions above minimum wage, which can be hard to find. It also offers various start/end times.

    ConsYou are expected to be accepting calls at all times. If you put your phone in not-ready for any reason, even to go to the bathroom, you were timed to the second. It was very lonely because you got in trouble if you stopped taking calls to have even a brief conversation with a coworker. Expected to memorize massive amounts of information that was unrealistic, especially at that pay level. If you are full time salary - they will work you to death with no overtime.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave employee groups that specialized in a few newspapers or a geographic area, rather than having everyone cover all 15 newspapers, in 9 states, and 3 time zones. It's too much information for employees to handle well.

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    Toxic and abusive environment (Townnews.com only)

    Programmer (Former Employee)
    Moline, IL

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

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Newsprint is almost part of the past...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    Prosbenefits, great group of people to work with

    Consuncertainty of job, average salary, no room for advancement in career

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Always cutting

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are committed to journalism and are great to work with.

    ConsConstant focus on layoffs and wage freezes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Environment and Helpful People

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee)
    Munster, IN

    ProsStrong 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!)

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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