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Gray Television Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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Pros
  • There are some great people to work with who truly make coming to work everyday enjoyable (in 3 reviews)

  • Great company to get your foot in the door in the television broadcast/news business (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low pay-Most journalists have a second job outside of the station to make ends meet (in 8 reviews)

  • No training, low pay, low or no bonuses, poor benefits, long hours (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Middle of the road"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    Not too much corporate oversight or interference in day to day news gathering

    Cons

    Lack of interest in station, subpar management, not a lot of investment in equipment or personnel

    Advice to Management

    Train people better


  2. Helpful (4)

    "There are worse companies, but there are far, far better"

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    Current Employee - Photojournalist in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Photojournalist in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid 401k plan through Empower Retirement including a company match up to 4%. Okay health, dental, and vision plan options with an HSA through Cigna HSA Bank.
    Station performance 401k bonus contributions and end-of-year bonuses.

    Cons

    Weak PTO policy. Poor maternity and paternity policies.
    Below industry average salary. Company-wide workforce reduction leaves little room for progression within the company, and little opportunity to broaden professional skill set. CEO Hilton Howell Jr. is widely disliked within the company and has been described as "the embodiment of why people hate the 1%".

    Advice to Management

    Having spoken with the CEO, there is a clear and egregious disconnect between upper management philosophy and it's employees, particularly surrounding the financial and productivity related benefits of good PTO, maternity, and paternity leave policies.

    Keep allowing stations to operate autonomously and allow individual stations to decide what works best for them. Particularly regarding equipment that is used by the boots-on-the-ground, and affording managers the latitude to recruit and retain the workforce they require.

  3. "Evening Co-Anchor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    It's a growing company in a shrinking industry. They're willing to invest in brick and mortar infrastructure to provide contemporary workplaces for their stations.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Management does not ever consult with the people that actually do the jobs before spending large sums of money on equipment that is cumbersome, inefficient, and impractical for the employees to use.
    Gray is like the McDonald's of TV News. They want every station to be a cookie cutter mirror image of every other station in the chain. They believe one size fits all regardless of market size or cultural and geographical differences in different parts of the country. Management rarely acknowledges good work but is quick to point out any minor error. Turnover is ridiculously high. While Gray spends $ on large ticket items that are unnecessary---they neglect important items like working mics and IFB's on the News Set...Its one man band run and gun press release journalism. Experienced journalists are not valued...saving money and slapping together press release based stories are valued far more than actual journalism.

    Advice to Management

    Value experienced journalists...utilize their ability to mentor instead of trying to squeeze out meaningless run and gun junk to slap on the air. Allow them to teach the young journalists so they can learn. Most of all, start encouraging a job well done---and rediscover true journalism. Do away with the shoddy quick press release journalism that contributes to TV's shrinking audience. At all cost avoid trying to make every station the same: strive to make ever my station different and relevant to each market's unique community of viewers.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "General Assignment Reporter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good equipment to work with

    Cons

    Vacation days suck - you have to earn them and sick days are included in PTO.
    No training for newcomers which adds stress to experienced journalists
    Very low pay-Most journalists have a second job outside of the station to make ends meet
    Extra pressure and work put on already busy employees when someone leaves
    Employees don't feel valued
    No diversity with on-air talent
    Not much room to explore different opportunities around the newsroom

    Advice to Management

    Pay more and you won't have a high turnover rate. Change your vacation policy-employees have a life outside of work. Hire more people of color-not everyone is white and blond. Corporate should interact with stations more. Train your employees and make them feel valued. Feeling valued in the workplace makes a huge difference in the newsroom environment .


  5. "Get your experience and get out"

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    Current Employee - Anchor/Reporter in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Anchor/Reporter in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Willing to hire people right out of college. Great opportunities to try new things in broadcasting. Access to some of the latest technology in news information gathering.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay. Constantly increasing work load expectations without increasing pay. Cheap. Never willing to fix or replace broken equipment without making a huge fuss. Very little vacation time.... did I mention the extremely low pay?

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't care about the wants and needs of their employees, because if you make too much of a fuss, they will get rid of you and hire somebody for cheaper. My advice to management would be, how about starting people off with a living wage? This is why you keep on losing reporters and anchors to other stations. Of course why do you care? All you care about is your bottom line.

    My advice to people considering this company is to avoid them. If you must sign a contract, sign it for as little time as you can negotiate. Get an an agent, get your experience, and move on. There are better bigger companies that will pay more and respect you more for your talents.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Profits first, Newsroom dynamic/talent retention last"

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    Current Employee - News Producer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - News Producer in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    They are willing to offer you an opportunity without much experience, which can some times be hard to come by starting out.

    Cons

    They will not invest in your growth. If you want to eventually earn a decent living, the truth of the matter is you have you find it elsewhere. On top of that, there's no real vision for the newsroom and people are generally discouraged.

    Advice to Management

    You may be able to find people who will take lower salaries, but after a while you can't sustain a revolving door. Someone has to have experience in the market and that means you have to make an honest attempt to retain them -- and that goes beyond your top on-air talent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Learn quickly and move on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Junction, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Junction, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    It's a small starter market and they will hire you straight out of college.

    Cons

    It may be the hardest job of your TV career. Suck it up, learn fast and you'll be out of there in no time. Not a lot of hard news there.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "News Photographer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Willing to accept mistakes and not make a big deal out of it. A good place for a first time job in the field.

    Cons

    Only cared about money. Under paid everyone.


  9. "Gray not great for journalists"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Hands off from management, freedom at the station level to do what you want.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support from corporate, you'll make less than any other company in the market. The company seems more interested in acquisition than with actual journalism.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I wish more people had a voice at Gray."

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    Current Employee - Newscast Director
    Current Employee - Newscast Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gray offers a good vacation package, and has a tiered health package and offers life insurance for over twice your annual pay and has 401k.

    Cons

    They are not financially supportive on upgrades or improvements to building or equipment. Does not keep up well with staffing. Poor communication between departments and lackluster pay.

    Advice to Management

    Go to departments to check in with staff and to see what they actually do. Try to get a better understanding of situations staff members are put into.


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