Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Press operator.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Berkshire Hathaway has a stake in this company.

    Cons

    Cut the work force to the bone.

    Advice to Management

    The work force in the press production area has not seen a raise in 7 years. I understand the economic climate is still somewhat unstable but 7 years is a long time to fall behind the cost of living.


  2. Good Training and Benefits, not so good pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (2)

    Apparently Nothing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Editorial in Davenport, IA

    I worked at Lee Enterprises

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. I had an opportunity to work in a field I love in the community I grew up in.

    Cons

    When I started working for Lee in the mid 80s, the publisher treated all employees like family. That slowly went by the wayside as publishers in that mindset were replaced by corporate idiots who only cared about their own rise up the corporate ladder. Get a raise at this company (not that there are any anymore) and you'll quickly become a liability instead of an asset and risk being let go in a "workplace reduction." The company excels at mediocrity for just that reason.

    Advice to Management

    None, as they wouldn't listen anyway!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (3)

    The most dysfunctional corporation to ever exist.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (2)

    Focused on the wrong things

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great people/culture, challenging industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. A good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good people who genuinely care about the product being offered.

    Cons

    Tough industry fighting to stay viable.



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