Gray Television - Reasonably Progressive Company at the Local Level but Some Senior HQ Suits Utterly Lack Tact | Glassdoor
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"Reasonably Progressive Company at the Local Level but Some Senior HQ Suits Utterly Lack Tact"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The company does a better than average job of running the 36 television stations it owns in 30 small to mid sized U.S. local markets. In an industry beset by change - both technological (e.g. the migration to HD) and economic (e.g. the global economic meltdown of 2008/2009) - Gray has coped better than most. I found local management to be dedicated, hardworking and, in a few cases, exceptional. Local staff was mostly young, eager, friendly, too. There was a sense of team spirit and there was little or no back stabbing.

Cons

Larger technological and economic forces afoot in the land make employment at ANY television station an iffy proposition in this day and age. Gray is implementing Ross OverDrive across its entire station group. Inevitably, this automation technology will mean cutbacks in operations staff - particularly in News. Such staff cuts - especially if they are deep - may well bring visits to affected local stations from the suits at HQ. And with at least some of the HQ suits will come problems in the areas of attitude, behavior and respect toward local employees that will only make a bad situation worse.

Advice to Management

Some HQ suits need to get over themselves and realize that the real world at the local station level is where the money is made that makes their compensation packages possible. And they need to understand that the local folk who inhabit these outposts do not necessarily perceive emissaries from Corporate with the same delusions of grandeur as can tend to afflict such visitors from afar.

Other Employee Reviews for Gray Television

  1. "A Lean Ship with High Expectations and High Benefits, Lower Pay"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Greenville, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Greenville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gray Television full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, short probationary period, lots of vacation time and good health insurance options. From my experience, upper management listens to employee concerns and tries to enact change.

    Cons

    After asking around, I realize now that the pay for lower-level positions is not very competitive. I can't speak for upper management salaries, but wage positions are on the lower end of average. Gray also runs a very lean ship, with most employees doing multiple jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your support staff; we're in the traffic system more than anyone else, and we know what we're talking about.


  2. "Evening Co-Anchor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    It's a growing company in a shrinking industry. They're willing to invest in brick and mortar infrastructure to provide contemporary workplaces for their stations.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Management does not ever consult with the people that actually do the jobs before spending large sums of money on equipment that is cumbersome, inefficient, and impractical for the employees to use.
    Gray is like the McDonald's of TV News. They want every station to be a cookie cutter mirror image of every other station in the chain. They believe one size fits all regardless of market size or cultural and geographical differences in different parts of the country. Management rarely acknowledges good work but is quick to point out any minor error. Turnover is ridiculously high. While Gray spends $ on large ticket items that are unnecessary---they neglect important items like working mics and IFB's on the News Set...Its one man band run and gun press release journalism. Experienced journalists are not valued...saving money and slapping together press release based stories are valued far more than actual journalism.

    Advice to Management

    Value experienced journalists...utilize their ability to mentor instead of trying to squeeze out meaningless run and gun junk to slap on the air. Allow them to teach the young journalists so they can learn. Most of all, start encouraging a job well done---and rediscover true journalism. Do away with the shoddy quick press release journalism that contributes to TV's shrinking audience. At all cost avoid trying to make every station the same: strive to make ever my station different and relevant to each market's unique community of viewers.


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