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GateHouse Media Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • No support from upper management (in 30 reviews)

  • No raises, even for cost of living (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not the worst, but so much room for improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Content Producer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Community Content Producer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, pleasant coworkers and generous PTO. Plenty of opportunities to interview for other jobs at other companies. Good option for a recent graduate trying to move to Austin.

    Cons

    The work is monotonous and the best workers are "rewarded" with more work. There is no real incentive for going above and beyond. Editors for the papers you work for are overworked and there is a breakdown in communication between them and the Austin office.

    Advice to Management

    The job is basically factory work— trust the validity of your employees' journalism degrees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Okay company, but lots of work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are working on improving company culture.

    Cons

    Large work loads with cut backs to employment make it easy to get burned out.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Multimedia Account Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houma, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houma, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    This position is a field position and allows for a lot of leniency with day to day activities and job duties.

    Cons

    It was difficult to stay motivated to sell advertising when paper sales were down.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more team building and learning for the employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 GateHouse Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not much to say here.

    Cons

    Management dismisses good ideas citing they don't have the time to implement them.
    No raises, even for cost of living.
    Wages that are grossly under the average. After searching for other jobs I realized my position easily makes 30k more than I was being paid.
    Dying industry and a doom and gloom feel where jobs might not be here tomorrow.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, impliment good ideas.
    If you give a cost of living raise you might keep talented people. Otherwise you lose that employee and then pay much more than a cost of living raise to hire and train a new employee.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Multi-Media Sales Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Multimedia Account Executive in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Multimedia Account Executive in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Between the print and digital products, in some markets, remains the most effective advertising vehicle available for most businesses

    Cons

    The company structure does not effectively reward the most successful sales reps. Their number one priority appears to be to maintain the mediocre sales reps and minimize the income of those that are willing to put in the extra time and effort. The sales quotas are randomly assigned with no apparent formula giving power to mid-level managers to control employees' incomes.

    Advice to Management

    Make reward(pay) and quota structure much more transparent from property to property therefore rewarding the commitment, skill and dedication of your top performers independent of the quality of local management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Emphasis on mediocrity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in Middletown, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in Middletown, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good resources for reporters, including free (and required) Poynter training.

    Cons

    Little emphasis on quality, as evidenced by slash-and-burn layoffs, outsourcing of production and copy desk to substandard design center in another part of the country.

    Advice to Management

    You have to spend money to make money. Invest in your people.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Scraping for change in advertising"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Executive in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Advertising Account Executive in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GateHouse Media (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Living in daily misery with your coworkers and putting out fires together while hysterically laughing out of pure panic.

    Cons

    There are 1 million systems to try and get in with fires along the way just to get one ad in and done. But alas- why havent you sold this or this or this or this special section ???

    The design team does not follow instructions so our customers blame us for untimely proofs.

    Managers doors always shut. Always scheming new ways to make our lives pure hell.

    Good luck needing assistance in writing up a print ad or ordering digital because management has no clue how to do anything.

    Full time employees qualify for Medicaid and food stamps.... so if that doesn't say something...

    Advice to Management

    Get out and help sell something yourselves for once while trying to operate 20 different systems with roadblocks on every corner.

    Treat us like humans and not worker bees.

    Give us our goals that are attainable and encouraging.


  9. "Meh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Copy in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hours, schedule, coworkers and flexibility

    Cons

    Moved my position to Texas after two years. I was offered the chance to move but the offer was not enticing.

    Advice to Management

    Value good employees and get rid of the rest.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Start here, but don't stay here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor/Copy Editor in Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Editor/Copy Editor in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GateHouse Media (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - There are some great opportunities to do important and stimulating journalism, connecting with small-to-medium-sized communities and helping people better understand what's going on in their town or small city.
    - The people you work with will be hungry and dedicated, and usually overqualified.
    - Mid-level managers work hard to protect reporters and editors from the B.S. of the industry (which is never easy) and the company (which is impossible)

    Cons

    Hard to keep this list short. Suffice to say that the company, at least in New England, went on a buying spree a little over a decade ago, and started gobbling up titles. That led to a swollen, unwieldy organization that gets dragged down by every little negative shift in journalism (and lord knows there's a lot. While Gatehouse papers are a good place to get your career started and begin putting your clip files together, they are very difficult to endure for more than a few years. On a macro level, the company is always reactive instead of proactive, and shrinking news space is dominated more and more by nonsense in an attempt to capture an audience that doesn't care about newspapers anyway. And rather than develop a coherent, aggressive digital newsgathering plan, websites get revamped every few years (and usually suffer as a result), but no real effort is made into making those websites viable sources for their communities.

    Advice to Management

    Let the reporters, editors, managing editors and editors-in-chief take care of the operation and leave them alone. Figure out where your newspapers are thriving and put the resources into them, and let the ones that are struggling die. You don't have the capital or the institutional wisdom to be a cutting-edge company, so at least be one that treats its few remaining employees with dignity.


  11. "Outstanding work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Rockford, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to display your talent, wonderful team environment, cutting edge tools

    Cons

    Staff levels tight, young company that's coming a long way

    Advice to Management

    Must give employees raises with merit reviews


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