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Gannett Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  • Work life balance didn't exists (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper management is not approachable (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Lead Test Development Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Test Development Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, equal opportunity, latest technologies

    Cons

    Less time in ramping up new technogoies


  2. "account executive"

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

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    good people and friendly work enviornment

    Cons

    retention and turnover, turn and burn company

  3. "Management is becoming more transparent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has a clear strategy to transform from being just a news organization. Product development is improving. Digital revenue trends improving. ReachLocal a very good acquisition.

    Cons

    Print advertising still very challenged causing pressures on the company to find efficiencies and this will be the case for a few years as digital revenues grow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating updates on the strategy journey


  4. "Great people - Horrible job"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    The coworkers are amazing; Fun company events; When you hit goal, the pay is decent; laid back atmosphere. If you are fortunate enough to get a self-sustaining and active book, then you'll have a good experience working here.

    Cons

    about half of the markets are complete trash. If you're unlucky enough to get one of those crappy books, you may as well start looking for a new job ASAP. The managers don't really care how bad your market and book are, they will continually blame you for not hitting goal even if you hit all of their other metrics (like call goals, appointments, etc.). Since it's virtually impossible to hit goal, you'll eventually be put on a performance plan which is nothing more than a scare tactic to get you to "work harder" even though that doesn't matter if no one wants their crappy product.

    If you're one of the many reps who has a dead book, then the job becomes extremely frustrating and drains the life out of you. You keep having the same dead end conversations with the same business owners over and over and over again until you just want to leave.

    Oh, and you get paid out at 90%... for some people that's over $30K. Imagine handing a company $30k and not getting a dime extra for yourself because you didn't hit 90% of your goal... It sucks.

    When I first came in, they talked A LOT about internal promotions and chances to move up in the company. No more than 6 months later, they promoted a few people to sales manager and a couple months after that, THEY MADE CUTS AND DEMOTED THESE PEOPLE! I can't even think of a worse way to brand yourself... 2 out of the 3 individuals demoted quit pretty soon after. No doubt, from the frustration of being lied to by management. Needless to say, there weren't very many times an advancement opportunity arose after the cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to help people who have dead books. If you put someone on a performance plan, help them hit goal (even though it's 85% completely up to the book if a rep succeeds).

    Reevaluate the books of business and eliminate and redistribute the dead ones. It's pretty clear which books are dead.

    Overall: you're letting talented individuals through the cracks solely because they are stuck with a horrible book.


  5. "Gannett copy editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Great friendly staff - goal oriented

    Cons

    Can be difficult to move up within the company

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees; one meeting a year does not give you a good idea of the type of people who work for you.


  6. "Solid Company, Smart People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Gannett was a solid forward thinking company. They were well aware of the changing media consumptions habits and taking proactive measures to move the business in the right direction. I worked with the smartest group of people I've ever been around and learned a ton while there.

    Cons

    It's a large company and old company, so there's a lot of legacy dynamics that have to be considered when making business decisions. It can be limiting or frustrating for anyone looking to see rapid movement and changes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Keep hiring smart people.


  7. "Office Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gannett full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, busy office environment. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Redundancy destroys productivity. It's silly to enter the same information into multiple programs.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the amount of paperwork- way too much. Continue positive feedback to current employees. Focus on employee retention- keep the good ones.

  8. "Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    The people are great and the work can be interesting.

    Cons

    Pressure to meet goals during declining subscriptions.


  9. "Only a matter of when you'll be let go"

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

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    great for being able to work independently

    Cons

    Always worried about layoffs hanging over you. Out of the blue emails from management telling staff they are no longer needed.

    Advice to Management

    You do not respect your employees. All that matters is the money and upper management is simply greedy. Stay away if you value your career


  10. "Typesetter - Proofreader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Brunswick, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close to home as I had family issues at the time.

    Cons

    Poor pay and lousy working hours options

    Advice to Management

    Be more interactive with your employees


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