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Rochester, NY
5001 to 10000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally-based media in the United States. As of August 2017, we publish more than 600 newspapers and community publications and over 555 local market websites that reach more than 21 million people each week. You’ll ... Read more

Mission: While we have experienced significant growth over the past several years, we continually strive to make ourselves not just a bigger company, but a stronger one, for our customers, our partners and our employees.

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    "Work hard and you will be rewarded ... but then possibly forgotten"

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    I would give GateHouse a solid 2.5 stars. Much like the newspaper industry isn't for everyone, this company isn't, either. However, you can move up fast if you are a good problem solver and work to build solid relationships with clients and coworkers. I worked for three different properties and learned a ton, and am grateful for my experience. GateHouse definitely was a boon to my career, so I will always have a soft spot for that, in addition to the people I met and also (hopefully) helped with their careers.


    I worked as a manager, pretty independently of any input from those above me. At a certain point, I stopped being considered for any other roles because I was doing so well in my position, which I had quickly mastered and was no longer feeling any of those happy bangs of personal growth. In three years, I had three different bosses, who all brought to the table their own good qualities but quickly burned out in their roles. It also felt like I had to audition for them and prove myself to a new person, which typically I would say takes 6 months, every year. A year and a half of being in one role, fighting to reclaim my status and move anywhere else my skills could be used. Because I was a good manager and ran my department efficiently, checking in with me was mostly a joke and didn't happen. I get it. I was bad at it too with my own staff, when times were tough and you felt super stretched thin, underappreciated, and constantly trying to plug holes in a ship with leaks that kept coming. Have you seen "Dunkirk"? Spoilers: It felt like that one scene, hiding in the ship that washed onto the beach, except instead of everyone being on my side to bail us out, they all assumed I was that German or secretly French guy (I can't remember what they established) and instead of helping me, tried to kill me. Just kidding, but sometimes it did feel like I was completely alone in trying to save my employees from drowning. I succeeded in some aspects, but failed in others. At least we tried.

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    I guess this would be advice to myself, in this sense: Know when it's time to leave. You can tell yourself that things will get better, and maybe they will for a period of time, you'll ride the wave of positivity, and then something will happen that sets you off course and you're back to square one. You can do a lot of good things at GateHouse, but remember your worth. Maybe you are worth more.

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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at GateHouse Media (Austin, TX).


    They quickly talked to me over the phone to make sure I wasn't a weirdo and knew at least a little bit what indesign was. They were really nice I didn't have a problem talking to anyone.

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