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I worked at GateHouse Media full-time (More than 5 years)
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.
Advice to Management
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.
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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