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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck
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Pros
  • Many nice and friendly people made the work environment enjoyable and the pay was fair for the area (but low compared to similar jobs in other cities) (in 10 reviews)

  • Great co-workers, decent commission plan (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Design"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Good first job to get started in

    Cons

    Newspaper industry is going down the tubes. Not a healthy work environment

    Advice to Management

    pay more to people who work more weekends


  2. "Advertising"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Crosse, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Crosse, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful Co workers who get you through a day.

    Cons

    Everything aside from co workers

  3. "Rough going"

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

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment with good bosses in the newsroom.

    Cons

    Less than six months after I started working here they started laying off people in droves with no warning or notice from management. Multiple coworkers fired at the end of a work day and no one would know why they weren't in the office the next day.

    Got nervous for my job, as I was one of the more recent hires, until it was pointed out to me I wasn't paid enough to be worth firing.

    Such is the attitude of Lee Enterprises.

    Advice to Management

    You're running newspapers, remember?


  4. "Needs Improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    Flagstaff is an amazing community

    Cons

    Management communicates ineffectively & poorly, lack of direction, leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Keep promises & Stop giving excuses "my hands are tied"


  5. "It's a decent place, but don't think it's something you can stay in long term."

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    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a fair amount of time off after a certain amount of years, I believe it caps out at four weeks of vacation. Also they offer health insurance, it's not the greatest, but it's also not the worst.

    Cons

    Where to start! So in my department our supervisor doesn't have our backs or supports us. You're constantly treated like you're trying to get one over on the company. Also there are favorites being played all the time, if you aren't in the up and up and sucking up you're treated like a worker bee. In my department we're salaried so that means you HAVE to work a minimum of 45+ hours a week, our supervisor doesn't respect our personal time at all and expects us to constantly be willing to come in and work 24/7. If you have open routes in your district you're threatened with having to work seven days a week until all your routes are filled. I think I'll just leave it here, because I could go on for days.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like humans, just because you have no family or life, doesn't mean we don't.


  6. "Could be better than they are"

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Specialist in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Specialist in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    In small markets, Lee offers digital marketing products for SMBs that can not be accessed easily elsewhere. They have the ability to be the dominate vendor in most of their markets.

    Cons

    Management is VERY slow to move. Versus strongly developing core products that bring true value for clients, they try to drive monthly revenue with "flavor of the month" gimmicks. Sales people have access to training but usually the trainers to not have the best grasp on what the clients are looking for. Campaign end metrics are very simple and impossible to link attribution to.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Yikes! This company will ring you and your community dry."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of anything good about working here. Every bonus is gone and everyone is miserable. They fired all the local carrier staff and you just never know when your job is next.

    Cons

    Low wages
    Incompetent, arrogant management
    No local office control, everything is decided at the corporate level
    Subscription services are now handled out of state and the price is higher than the prime, elderly, audience can afford.
    No community involvement.

    Advice to Management

    Close. Just close.

  8. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    The commission is really good if you sell

    Cons

    its awful if your not selling you will get written up so quick


  9. "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Done have anything good to say except most of your co-workers are great. However a few bad over zealous ones can make it a toxic work place

    Cons

    Only thing you are expected to concentrate on is the dollar. Not what is bet for your client. You have to add programs to accounts even when your client doesn't want it.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A lot of downsizing"

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    Current Employee - Accouontant
    Current Employee - Accouontant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are very nice to work with

    Cons

    Corporate structure has destroyed the company as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Take pride in your employees instead of thinking they are easily replacable.


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