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Gray Television Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2019

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Gray Television CEO Hilton H. Howell, Jr.
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44 Ratings
  1. "Nice place to start a career"

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

    I worked at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    Staff was very professional and seasoned.

    Cons

    Low pay and long hours. Not a great place to work if you need a lot of sleep.

    Gray Television2018-01-16
  2. "Cheap Cheap Cheap"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Gray Television part-time

      Pros

      Tend to have young employees and a great opportunity to learn.

      Cons

      Required to do too many jobs at once for very little.

      Gray Television2017-12-29
    • Helpful (2)

      "Stay Away from Gray"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Gray Television full-time

      Pros

      Large Corporation with plenty of opportunity to relocate if desired.

      Cons

      This corporation is a meat grinder. They treat employees poorly and new acquisitions even worse. I worked for a TV station that was part of a merger between Gray and Schurz during 2016. Every non-contracted employee lost massive amounts of PTO during the transfer and no one was grandfathered in. They forced departments to merge and downsized almost immediately. I guess this is pretty standard fare for large corporations...

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      Advice to Management

      Fight for your employees, think of all you could do without them.

      Gray Television2017-12-12
    • "Bad Place to Work"

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

      I have been working at Gray Television full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Willing to put money into bricks and mortar and equipment : but without any consultation with those who have to use it...for example they don’t care if it makes things easier or tougher, more time consuming or less time consuming, does it help or hurt workflow??? All things they should but don’t ask, and don’t care how it impacts employees.

      Cons

      Almost everything. Gray is a terrible company to work for. They view their stations like a McDonald’s franchise...they like everything at every station to be cookie cutter. They have changed just about everything we use for the worse...we had Adobe Premiere- they switched to Edius because it’s cheaper —-and provided no training or manual or class whatsoever. The change has made the process more slow, the end product...

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      Advice to Management

      Begin caring about Newsroom employees. Begin encouraging employees. Begin communicating in a clear manner. Begin taking employees expertise into account before making changes that harm the product. Remember we aren’t numbers, we’re people, and the company is only as good as we are.

      Gray Television2017-12-01
    • "Middle of the road"

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      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

      Gray Television2017-07-26
    • Helpful (4)

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

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

      I have been working at Gray Television full-time for 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...

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      Gray Television2017-06-11
    • Helpful (3)

      "General Assignment Reporter"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Gray Television full-time for 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...

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      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 .

      Gray Television2017-02-11
    • "Get your experience and get out"

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      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 for 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...

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      Gray Television2016-12-23
    • Helpful (2)

      "Profits first, Newsroom dynamic/talent retention last"

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      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.

      Gray Television2016-06-25
    • Helpful (1)

      "Learn quickly and move on"

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      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.

      Gray Television2016-04-06
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