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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 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It is what you make of it"

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

    I have been working at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Large network, growth opportunities, long-term employment opportunities, innovation and marketing are priorities.

    Cons

    News and content seem less important than sales and marketing, change is slow because of the massive bureaucracy of the company. It's very top-heavy, lots of editors and "content coaches" who are retained when content producers, i.e. reporters, are kept at low wages for a long time and sometimes fired.

    Advice to Management

    You just have to offer livable wages to staff to retain them and motivate them. You can't start people with multiple degrees and experiences at the same rates as interns, and keep them at or neat that rate for years.


  2. "Been my home for 32 years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The cons out weigh the pros

    Cons

    they have taken away our holidays , part time employees are treated unfairly, do not recognize deaths in families or birthdays, untrained supervisors

    Advice to Management

    have more employee only meetings, listen to them instead of just putting it off to the side

  3. "Low expectations"

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    Former Employee - Director in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Director in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get experience by working your butt off.

    Cons

    Expect to be let go, RIFed, downsized, etc. Company is all about cost controls and pleasing Wall Street.

    Advice to Management

    Cut your own salaries. Streamline all the top management. The company, and more importantly the products have been swirling down the drain for years because of your cost cutting and Wall Street focus. Put a plug in it and innovate before everything flows out the bottom of the drain and you're left with nothing - and the communities you serve are left with nothing.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Graphic Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pluses to working for Gannett are getting a paycheck and having healthcare. And the staff - reporters, designers, photographers - mostly care deeply about doing a good job and they care about journalism. It's a good place to work if you just need a job. Healthcare plan is awful - high deductible, high premium.

    Cons

    The downsides are extensive. The company bills itself as caring and supportive. They constantly send emails urging the staff to "sell" and "represent" the brand, yet people who work for Gannett are shown every day how little they matter. 1% raises, on average, an undercurrent of fear of layoffs and no severance if they do lay you off. They offer a TPP, a transition pay package, which pays the difference between your unemployment check and your current salary for the same number of weeks as you've worked for the company.
    Gannett ultimately seems to want to replace all newspapers with USA Today and then have a small section of local content. Which means that journalists and editors will continue to be let go.
    This is not a place where you can easily advance. Try a different company if you want to work for one that will encourage and support you in your chosen career.
    If you do accept a job offer, hold out for a really good salary and get as much vacation as you can. Unless you threaten to leave and they really really value you, you won't get a raise or promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people.


  5. "Promotions for Men"

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Strategist in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Strategist in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team Atmosphere, Very Creative and Bright People

    Cons

    Lack of Advancement for Women, Backstabbing

    Advice to Management

    Value and promote your employees that are engaged and working toward the common goal of Gannett.


  6. "Human Resources"

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good culture, fun work environment.

    Cons

    Working through a transformation to become an industry leader.


  7. "Designer 1"

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    Current Employee - Designer I in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Designer I in Nashville, TN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community atmosphere within departments and plenty of chances to work with amazing talents.

    Cons

    Hard to advance within the company.

  8. "machine operator"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Wausau, WI
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Wausau, WI

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

    Pros

    some of the best reasons to work at the wausau daily herald was it had a fun relaxed atmosphere ,the managment was very leanent on taking days off ,and we had a decent amount of vacation time from the start

    Cons

    some of the cons were wages were low and it was at night

    Advice to Management

    make the wages mor competitive


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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

    I worked at Gannett full-time

    Pros

    Great people trying their best to do great work. Fun atmosphere at times.

    Cons

    Top leadership has significant challenges making decisions, handling conflict, and implementing change. There are constant lay-off, so it most likely won't be a stable or long term position.

    Advice to Management

    For a company that is a challenged business and constant lay-offs, making quick decisions and change is crucial to the success of the company and the stability for your employees. The CEO is never on location and when he is, he's not connected with anyone other than C-level, which sends a message that the company nor the people there are a priority. The senior team is more concerned about keeping their jobs then actually impacting change or taking a stand on anything, and all the "wins" tend to be smoke and mirrors for the board and shareholders when in reality it's usually a story of robbing Peter to pay Paul in some way.

    Lastly, if you do make a decision to role out a program. Back it. 100%. Don't let markets, antiquated ways of doing business, nay sayers, or anything get in your way. Communicate it clearly and make it happen. You can't accommodate everyone or nothing will get done. It certainly won't get done in the speed in which you need it done. Stop being so concerned that everyone likes you.
     They will like you more if they get to keep their jobs. Conflict is not a bad word, face it, explore it, and resolve them. Sometimes dissenting opinions help you decide if you are heading in the right direction.

    What's so unfortunate is there really was a tremendous opportunity there, but I think the window is closing.


  10. "Good not great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gannett part-time

    Pros

    real newsroom experience as a part-time employee.

    Cons

    Think focus needs to be more local, as opposed to sprinkling in national coverage.


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