Gray Television Employee Reviews about "newsroom"

Updated Aug 7, 2020

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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. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Good Experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Reporter 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gray Television full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work experience in a smaller market; chance to learn every job in the newsroom

    Cons

    Understaffed and the pay is not great

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  2. "Disorganization, chaos, and support of a toxic culture"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paid regularly every other week as stated in the contract.

    Cons

    Working for Gray Television was not a positive experience. Their acquisition of Raycom Media was complete chaos and disorganization from the beginning. One full year after the buyout was complete, Gray TV and Raycom had still not fully integrated their systems causing chaos between Gray legacies and Raycom legacies. Raycom employees lost 3 vacation days due to Gray's PTO policy. The Cincinnati station they acquired (FOX19-WXIX) is a toxic work environment where management bullies and intimidates their employees. Multiple complaints were taken to HR, but senior management silences victims, many times through intimidation. Select employees are deemed 'favorites' and are allowed to bully their coworkers and have free rein throughout the newsroom, including slanting news stories to fit their political bias. Department heads have no direction or organization and hide behind their employees to get by day-to-day tasks.

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  3. 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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  4. "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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  5. "News Producer"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Gray Television part-time

    Pros

    Laid back management Flexible Schedule Fun to make good shows

    Cons

    Huge bias in the newsroom Not great pay

  6. 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.

  7. "Bad Place to Work"

    2.0
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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 lower quality and with not a single person in the News Dept understanding completely how it works. They put in robotic cameras with the TelePrompTer beneath the cameras instead of in front of the lens—so we always are forced to look beneath the camera to read, they took away or on air monitors and replaced them with one that is way up in the air just under the lights instead of next to the cameras—-so if you can see the 1 monitor from the glare of the lights you have to crane your head to look up so high to see it and then down beneath the cameras for the text: totally ridiculous: we’ve asked for correction but they don’t care and don’t want to hear it. They changed our audio and we’ve been getting constant complaints from viewers—-it’s been a couple months and they’ve done nothing. They created a new Newsroom with not enough desks or computers for everyone: so it’s a constant scramble to try to get a desk /computer to use. It’s a total disaster! Internal communication is virtually non existent: mgmt will say something to a couple folks and count on them to randomly hopefully pass on the basics of the message to try to reach a good chunk of staff as opposed to a simple email or message on a white board or team meeting. They’re cheap. They expect more and more and more for no extra pay. People sign for 2 years and then escape as quickly as possible to a better station and bigger market. No encouragement or support from mgmt.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "General Assignment Reporter"

    2.0
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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 around the newsroom

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Profits first, Newsroom dynamic/talent retention last"

    2.0
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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.

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  10. "Old technology, supportive News Director and Asst News Director"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in South Bend, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good leadership in the newsroom, ND and Asst. ND were very involved and supportive of the staff.

    Cons

    Notre Dame is all that mattered. Seemed like PR arm of university. Dated equipment.

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