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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated March 4, 2019
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Pros
  • "Lee Enterpises offers a fast paced work environment that teaches you the best in customer care with a high degree of proffessionalism" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Great co-workers and no weekends" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "No raises have been given for the past 10 years" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Low pay, poor training and awful leadership" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great Company!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a company that knows how to reward its employees. If you work hard and put in the effort, it will pay off big time. I've moved up very quickly in a short amount of time and I feel like I am constantly being recognized for all that I do. I definitely feel appreciated it's great to be part of team that sees your value.
    Also, the management team is amazing! They work very hard and it shows. Everyone is very knowledgeable and you can tell they truly care about the company and want to see it succeed. They do an excellent job of identifying high performers and make sure they work to develop and retain those employees. If you're lucky enough to get your foot in the door here and work hard, you will definitely go places!

    Cons

    More flexibility in work schedules would be great but that is definitely something I see coming in the future. Management seems very open to change and wants the best for their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to delegate more to your employees. You have a great team - take advantage of it! Also, put more emphasis on training. I would take any opportunity to grow and learn here and many other employees feel the same.


  2. "Fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment and staff

    Cons

    Movement within company and commutation

  3. "Not a pleasant experience"

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    Former Employee - Executive Editor in Salem, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Editor in Salem, VA

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay, good team, good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of resources, poor upper management

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with dignity.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Beware of Lee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pros are that I made great friends, and I got a lot of great work experience, but it wasn't easy.

    Cons

    The turnover is really high, so they just keep expecting more from you and never really make you feel appreciated. I worked there for almost 4 years and then got laid off. The ones at the top are the ones who are rewarded and the ones who put their blood, sweat, and tears into their work will end up either leaving at a bitter end or they will get let go.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your long-standing employees with more than a box of doughnuts.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Figure it out.. you don't need training for that"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The clients and relationships built were great, and knowing that as a consultant you made a difference in a small business owners day.

    Cons

    Someone cared at one point about this industry and the people it represented but now all they care is about is money.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving yourselves 6 figure incomes and figure out how to train leaders, retain good loyal employees by giving them support. Inviting your new hire/ manager to lunch and forgetting to tell them you've changed your reservations and location is the lowest thing you could do. You just don't care and never really did. Mary Junck is not the CEO any more BTW.... she is chairman.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Do not recommend"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Munster, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with clients and building that long term relationship with them. Strategizing long term marketing campaigns for clients.

    Cons

    The atmosphere itself is depressing and coworkers are not happy there.
    It’s very much like high school with cliques and the sad part is the managers are the ones creating this.
    Managers have the mindset of what have you done for me lately and that is discouraging to all.
    Isn’t the work place supposed to represent the job market? In the Munster location please ask how many African Americans work there? 1 and she doesn’t even get to face clients. Hispanics ? 3 and two rarely go on calls. All new hires are blonde! Really Lee!!!! You should be ashamed of yourself especially since we are in northwest Indiana

    Advice to Management

    They don’t listen so what’s the point


  7. "Low pay. Good CTO"

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    Former Employee - PHP Developer
    Former Employee - PHP Developer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Good CTO Patrick olone yeah

    Cons

    Low pay otherwise good benefits

  8. Helpful (1)

    "It's Like Working at McDonalds"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Designer in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some really smart, creative people who take a lot of pride in their work, despite the chips being stacked against them.

    Cons

    You're basically like a McDonalds employee, working a different schedule every week, and its virtually all second-shift hours. Everything else sucks too.


  9. "Cares more about profit"

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    Former Employee - Circulation Manager
    Former Employee - Circulation Manager

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees are good to work with

    Cons

    Company cares most about bottom line. Lay offs are abundant and raises non existent

    Advice to Management

    Give back to the employees and community


  10. Helpful (1)

    "LOSERS"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises (More than a year)

    Pros

    Paycheck cash whilst I look for a new company.

    Cons

    They will tell you when they recruit you about all the great things they are working on. That the future is bright at Lee. Don’t fall for it.

    Once you are hired you realize. Whoops...I made a big career mistake, the turnover is high and everyone working here is fearful of losing their jobs. It like existing without soul.

    For good reason. The management spends most of its time looking a people to lay off.

    They will lay you off when you are at dinner with your family, on vacation, wherever and whenever.

    Sadly, they seem to enjoy it.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck