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.
I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time (More than 5 years)
The Center for News and Design is a great starter job, especially for those fresh out of college or looking for a new career path. The best part about this job has been the people I've met and become friends with.
Benefits are decent, especially PTO (1 week of personal time, 1 week of sick, and 2 weeks of vacation, plus two floating holiday days).
There is some possibility of remote work, though they haven't rolled it out much more than a few initial trials.
Work environment is awful. Many people would describe it as a factory. We are required to maintain a 2 page per hour production quota, and many designers churn out way more than that. It is high stress with the many daily and nightly deadlines that have to be met, and there isn't a lot of positive feedback. If you're hearing from your manager, it's likely because you messed something up and very rarely because someone is pleased with what you did. Management is chronically behind with giving annual reviews; however, they are pretty good about getting annual, merit-based salary raises. That said, pay is pretty low for designers, and chances of advancing are few and far between. If you do get promoted up to the assistant team lead or team lead levels, the pay does get better but the stress increases ten-fold. There is a high turn-over rate, and staffing is always abysmally low. There aren't enough perks, nor is the pay high enough, to keep people around. Also, unless you land a job with one of the departments with daytime hours, you'll be working nights and weekends.
Advice to Management
Stay on top of giving your employees performance reviews. Find ways to make your employees feel valued for the hard work they put into their shifts and to make it feel more like a collaborative work environment instead of a page production farm.
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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