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Gannett Reviews

Updated April 19, 2018
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  • Work life balance didn't exists (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper management is not approachable (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Relaxed/stressful"

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    Current Employee - Collector
    Current Employee - Collector
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Great teammates...supportive and understanding supervisors.

    Cons

    Stressful never "finished" at the end of the day.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Micromanaging in Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Work Life Balance when you are managing your time wisely.

    Cons

    Micromanaging at it's best. Low moral ..

    Advice to Management

    If you hire good sales people, give them the reins to to show how successful they can be.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Uninspiring"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Binghamton, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Binghamton, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional, good benefits and people

    Cons

    Goals are hysterical, management at fault for a great deal of deficit but takes no responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget aboy the H in HR.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "The benefits are great but the compensation could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Starting out the GIADC offers new employees 3 weeks of paid time off, plus a slew of other benefits.

    Cons

    The compensation is lacking for all employees at the GIADC. Starting pay is roughly $30k a year, about 7k-10k less than average for the area.

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation to retain talented employees.


  5. "Empty promises"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Fishers, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Fishers, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly moderate organization of tasks, moderate attempts at employee engagement.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations for individual workloads. Supervisors promise each employee the opportunity for advancement, but managers always find reasons to not promote within.

    Advice to Management

    Engage in more realistic conversations with staff regarding performance levels.


  6. "Pay structure changes with the wind"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gannett full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay if you are a bad person willing to sell your soul. You can make money here in the short term.

    Cons

    I do not know where to begin. I was hired to sell digital and help customers grow their business. The training I received emphasized all of the above; however when I was placed in the local market it couldn’t have been further from the truth. If you do not sell print (which doesn’t work btw) you were reprimanded, now it’s also different digital products. Even if you are over 100% of goal, they want more and more. I am so burnt out and sad. I feel bad for all the small companies that bought my products and did not receive results that I was told they would receive. My managers are incompetent and drink the corporate kool-aid, yes men. Most of whom have not worked in the sales field or marketing in 20 years! It’s ridiculous. Do not even get me started about their CRM, which is not set up correctly. We need more Indians and less chiefs!

    Nothing will ever be enough, you will never receive praise unless you drink their kool-aid.

    More corporate and local meetings than actually meetings with clients, which makes it difficult to prospect.

    Your sales objectives and bonus structures change as much as the wind blows.

    Advice to Management

    Hang on while you can, more changes are coming and middle management is next


  7. "A lot of turnover"

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    Former Employee - Designer II in Asbury Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Designer II in Asbury Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gannett full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I genuinely enjoyed the people I worked with and the work environment. What was expected was straight forward. Once you get into the groove of the daily tasks, you have a really good indicator as to what to expect longterm there.

    Cons

    The company had A LOT of turnover. Many jobs were cut while several papers were being purchased and added to the workload. More work with fewer people basically.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate Meddlesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gannett full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, able to work remotely, local senior staff and management are always willing to help or do what they can to help you in hard times.

    Cons

    Someone in McClean Virginia decides the fate of your position. Layoffs every 6 months. Corporate doesn't seem to care about keeping hard working individuals; just the people with the right title. Little to no communication from corporate. Corporate seems disconnected with local success and sales strategies. Our local office is extremely cliquey.

    Advice to Management

    Stop meddling, trying to make one size fit all across locations. Each market and each team has their own cause and reasons behind their success. And reposition the hard workers whose jobs you eliminate.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Decent short Term Job for your resume"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. reasonable supervisory staff.

    Cons

    Low wage, little room for upward mobility, Expensive benefits. Serious clique mentality. Regular increases to your responsibilities with little to no reimbursement for becoming a more valuable resource.

    Advice to Management

    1. Pay people a bit closer to the local average for the line of work. This alone will solve a lot of issues.
    2. Hire people only when needed. Current employees can overcome via overtime a lot of the hurtles currently present more cheaply than hiring a bunch of new people that will need to be trained and closely monitored for half a year and with fewer quality issues.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It was ... educational"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gannett full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers I've had have been fairly good people, give or take a few bad apples, but that's normal in every field.

    Cons

    Dwindling staff, questionable management, low morale. There is minimal room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't want local news coverage to go the way of the Dodo, boost you reporter and copyediting ranks.


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