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GateHouse Media Reviews

Updated April 23, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great people to work for including wonderful co-workers all over the county that we work with" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Good People to work with and a great environment to work in" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack of traing no support from upper management" (in 39 reviews)

  • "No raises for non management positions" (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Strong Company with Good Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Designer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong and stable company with opportunities to advance. Work life balance is amazing, and benefits are affordable and generous. Management is fair, kind, and they treat everyone like family.

    Cons

    No cons I can think of.


  2. "Columbus, Ohio - Great Location to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This location is very professional and inventive. The managers collaborate, the teams collaborate, and the work gets done. Competitive pay, decent benefits and they treat you like an adult.

    Cons

    No cons to share. Free parking, nice office layout and a strong company.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Management is professional, strong and allows employees to do their jobs with no micromanagement issues.

    GateHouse Media Response

    Dec 18, 2018

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience working at GateHouse. Other employees agree that GateHouse Media provides a collaborative work environment all while providing competitive... More

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Publisher in Monroe, MI
    Former Employee - Publisher in Monroe, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is genuinely seeking to succeed in the media industry. Lots of innovation, great training. Excellent work environment and team. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Scale of company makes it seem sometimes that C-level executives could be better connected to the rank and file and smaller sites and teams.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give up, keep innovating and forging the way forward.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Job Quality depends on your local management team"

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    Current Employee - MMSE in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - MMSE in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good training programs, good range of digital products to sell

    Cons

    monthly goals are set by local management, can be arbitrary, and always raised whenever you start making a decent income.
    The commission structure is unnecessarily complicated, and it's hard to know what you're going to get paid.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of about half of your middle management, and pay your salespeople and content producers a decen wage.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great People at Base Level"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Reporter in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with at this MA paper were hard working all-stars who truly care about putting a quality paper on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Big business is stripping down staffing to the barest of bones, forcing these all-star employees to look elsewhere.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Culture and Management needs improvement"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are nice and there’s decent pay

    Cons

    Management - They like to micro manage and have little respect for employees.
    Poor work culture
    No personal growth


  7. "Intense Sales Environment"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, company culture, technology, many female employees, access to technology training

    Cons

    Ever increasing goals, ever changing programs, intense pressure

    Advice to Management

    Provide your account executives with real sales training.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to meet great people"

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GateHouse Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People, great friends, forefront of media technology

    Cons

    Fewer employees but expectations high to perform at top level and be skeleton thin in staffing

    Advice to Management

    The web you weave today could be the one that traps you tomorrow.


  9. "Very difficult Industry, challenging enviroment"

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    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    local teams are supportive and value employees and community

    Cons

    If you care about the company, it is stressful environment to work in

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your customers and local community...... If you want to keep them your customers....... Otherwise there is no future.


  10. "Selling Robot"

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    Current Employee - MMSE
    Current Employee - MMSE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, time off, good work/life balance

    Cons

    I went in to this job thinking I was going to help people with their multimedia marketing efforts. Turns out I am just a selling robot with no room to express my own ideas or creativity. Businesses in the area don't want to work with us. Sales more important than relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the "solutions" seem a but "scammy" and I don't feel ethical selling them. We have a bad reputation in the area. Don't feel like the goal is actually the help businesses. Tell you one way in training then expect another way in the field. Tell you not to product pitch, yet continually give you packages, promotions and campaigns to well....product pitch with very high expectations for revenue.