Gray Television Employee Reviews about "news"

Updated Nov 1, 2019

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2.9
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Gray Television Vice Chairman, CEO and Director Hilton H. Howell, Jr.
Hilton H. Howell, Jr.
55 Ratings
Pros
  • "WFIE is a great place to start a news career(in 9 reviews)

  • "Get to learn a lot of things and do a lot of different roles(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "low pay and lack of growth for traffic department(in 20 reviews)

  • "Newsroom has needed a makeover since about 1995(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great starter station"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gray Television part-time

    Pros

    Great starter station that allows for a lot of room to try new things and work in all aspects of news reporting and production.

    Cons

    A lot of reusing content throughout newscasts and sometimes getting lazy. Not a lot of evaluation from upper management on what to do better.

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  2. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible pay and benefits"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Technical Media Producer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn OverDrive. Training in my department is pretty good (see below for news).

    Cons

    Worst benefits in the industry and worst pay in the market. $12000 deductable on a $30,000 salary. We hire people with no experience, give them subpar training, and ask everyone else to pick up the slack. Training for producers with zero experience is about 1 day, then they are expected to write and booth on their own. Those who sink drown, those who swim are abused for their talents. Production quality is gradually decreasing. Responsibilities are constantly increasing with no increase in pay. Many in the newsroom make minimum wage or just above. There is a restriction on pay raise amounts for any reason, so if you get promoted you only get a 3% raise even if its $20k less than the position otherwise pays. Company doesn't own very many mid-large markets so upward mobility within the company is limited. I haven't seen my GM in months and rarely see my department manager. It is hard to distinguish which policies are from the corporate level and which are at the station level so some things may be market specific.

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  3. "Little Engine that Could"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in Evansville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    WFIE is a great place to start a news career. Enough veterans to help coach people coming right out of college. 14 News accomplishes a lot with a small staff, and is the dominant #1 in the market because of the people who are behind daily shows. Would put one of their 6pm newscasts up against bigger markets any time.

    Cons

    Consistently understaffed, although that may be more due to the market-size and the number of people going into broadcasting. Newsroom has needed a makeover since about 1995.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Learning opportunity for beginners in news industry, poor leadership"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - MMJ, Producer, Anchor in North Platte, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gray Television full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Gray-owned KNOP (North Platte, 209) is in a friendly and forgiving market. With a high turnover rate, new MMJs are quickly able to move into anchoring and producing roles. The studio is clean, relatively modern and looks good on air, considering market size. Several longtime personalities help provide good insight on the news industry and the North Platte newsroom is often conducive to developing new skills.

    Cons

    KNOP is one of several Gray-owned stations in a network across Nebraska, so much of KNOP’s management is in Lincoln (over three hours away from North Platte). Management seems out of touch and apathetic toward employees at KNOP. Over recent years, many positions at the station were eliminated, increasing the workload for remaining employees. Management seems to abuse the employees’ willingness to assume these added responsibilities and offers little to no acknowledgement of what KNOP employees contribute to the network. Communication from management is lacking, often delayed and appearing insincere. Based on my experience working with a Gray station, I would encourage anyone considering a job with the company to proceed with caution and sign a contract only long enough to gain experience and move to a new company.

  5. "Middle of the road"

    2.0
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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

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  6. "Get your experience and get out"

    2.0
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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?

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  7. "Photog Review"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Photographer in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement, friendly people, forward thinking news company. One of the most receptive to newbies that I have ever seen.

    Cons

    At the highest level money is saved by cutting corners on gear and equipment. While I understand it is still frustrating.

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  8. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gray Television full-time

    Pros

    Great company to get your foot in the door in the television broadcast/news business. Benefits are generous. There are chances to be promoted from within if you stick around. Lots of nice people and the company is growing.

    Cons

    Because Gray is in smaller markets, there is turnover as employees move on in their careers. The company is okay with this and understands that's the way the business works for small markets. But that can be tough on the employees who stay and are always training.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "don't work for gray television, if you have other options"

    1.0
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    Reporter 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gray Television

    Pros

    if you really have no other options for a job in television news, then it is a good place to work.

    Cons

    very outdated equipment, terrible managment, terrible salaries

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