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Gannett Reviews

Updated March 30, 2017
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  • Work life balance didn't exists (in 18 reviews)

  • Upper management is not approachable (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule with the option to work from home

    Cons

    There is high turnover at this company. When sales people leave for other opportunities, management expects you to take on additional territories without compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to lead with positivity rather than negativity. The Gannett way is very much 'What have you done for me lately?'


  2. Helpful (2)

    "More Backstabbing Than a Game of Thrones Episode"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Can office has a nice view of the Ohio River
    - That's it.

    Cons

    - The family feud between the newspaper publishers & Gannett HQ in DC catches everyone in the middle.
    - Quarterly layoffs are routine
    - You are constantly checking your back to see who's in line to stab you next
    - I wouldn't work here again if it was the last place on Earth

    Advice to Management

    Solve your riffs with corporate head quarters, develop a culture of trust, stop shrinking the papers, raising the prices, and offering poor service.


  3. "Greedy Company"

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    Former Employee - Organizer in Naples, FL
    Former Employee - Organizer in Naples, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was not working with Gannet until the company sold to Gannet

    Cons

    Very bad management, looking to fire people, increase tasks per person to save employees.

    Advice to Management

    greedy company wants to expand, buying lots of other companies by firing employees or increase burdens on them so they can leave their jobs , will never improve.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Sales Division in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Sales Division in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gannett full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time - that's about it!

    Cons

    Horrible environment - lay offs, firings, buy outs every year I worked there. Too many chiefs, not enough Indians. The upper management that are making the big bucks need to be let go. Then maybe the company would actually make a profit. The company is going down and eventually there will be no one there to turn off the lights at night.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership at Michigan.com (Gannett property) has no idea what he is doing. Does not know the Detroit Market. Another reason this company will fail.


  6. "Unhappy newsroom"

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    Former Employee - Content Coach in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Content Coach in Pensacola, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, warm Florida weather.

    Cons

    Extremely disorganized senior manager; little to no training for new hires; tense atmosphere, staff with low morale, high turnover and fear of getting fired. Long days, low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Replace executive editor with someone who is organized and demonstrates leadership skills.


  7. "Inside Sales Representative DESC"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    40 hour work week. Really bad insurance.

    Cons

    No upward movement. Hundreds of duplicate accounts. Many out of business or disconnected numbers that will never be removed from lists. Cold calling nonstop with little time to actually research accounts. When you do build report with clients chances are the account will no longer be in your name. If you hit your goal this organization can keep your commission for not making a certain amount of dials or appointments. In sales the bottom line should be all that matters. This company will do whatever it takes to get over on its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look more deeply into these books of business you have assigned to people. Stop letting so much talent slip though the cracks. Focus more on sales not phone calls. Clean up all the dupelicate accounts and out of business accounts. You would save a lot of money by having less reps if you cleaned up the accounts that are completely useless. Perhaps you could even pay your talent more. It should come as no surprise to you that 90 percent of the floor are actively searching for another job because of how things are handled there.


  8. "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Desc in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Desc in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a paycheck, but not worth the corporate grind. Welcoming pomp, then a slash of trainees and new hires without warning.

    Cons

    Ridiculous performance criteria. Trumped up criteria for performance used as leverage for misguided territorial sales slumps. Poor placement and performance expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Pull it together.


  9. "Inside Sales"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Lunch time in the summer is cool to walk around downtown. Great company events.

    Cons

    Training is a complete joke , has to be the worse I ever seen. You have to suck up. They hand pick the people they put in good markets. It is not a equal playing field. They passed over highly qualified African Americans who had dominant performances to work the buddy system. It is almost like a high school campus with clicks and every one tries to bus roll each other. It a total joke turnover is like 90%. They sell the job very well then they will tell you it takes about 9 months for the money to be consistent. Run away fast

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild the whole thing. It seems like a scam. Pay your people at 50 percent instead of 90.


  10. "Not many happy campers"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    co-workers were good to each other

    Cons

    employees time & effort not appreciated at all

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to whose doing the work, not the VPs who present the reports


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Chaotic Strategy and Product Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Facilities are awesome
    2. Macbooks for technology teams
    3. Cloud infrastructure

    Cons

    1. Pathetic product management. It is not hard to figure out why Gannett is not doing good among other newspaper companies. The big reason is their product management and top management. There are so many contradictions among management. Nobody has a clue what needs to be done to improve user engagement and monetize their highly valuable data.

    2. Most of the technology teams / employees are not empowered to think out of the box. This leaves only select top management to control everything at a micro and macro level.

    3. Product and technology conceptualization are often over thought and over analysed and this creates a big status quo on forward movement


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