Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2020

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2.3
16%
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17%
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Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck
Mary E. Junck
117 Ratings
Pros
  • "Small town newspaper is a noble endeavor - customers value it if it is done well(in 13 reviews)

  • "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)

Cons
  • "No raises have been given for the past 10 years(in 18 reviews)

  • "Low pay otherwise good benefits(in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Great Company!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises

    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.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't stay here for long"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Pay was good.......that is all.

    Cons

    Benefits are atrocious and management is horrendously out-of-touch with employees. There were no yearly reviews/pay increases until someone from my team actually contacted higher management. Stocks are plummeting and the company is bleeding out money while board members and CEO continue to rake in the money. Newspapers are dying and I can only see this ship continue on it's inevitable path of completely sinking.


  3. "Tough industry"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Circulation Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, friendly staff

    Cons

    Company is Always cutting expenses

  4. "Bad pay, company doesn't invest much back in newsrooms."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    - Management seems like it is trying to find crafty ways to work with newsrooms, even though the staff is very bare bones

    Cons

    - Exceptionally bad pay. Reporters in cheaper markets are paid about the same as reporters in pricey markets. - Corporate is really understaffed. They boast new tools to offer newsrooms but don't have the resources to meaningfully collaborate. - Unrealistic copy deadlines. Page designers seem way overworked. - Benefits and vacation policies are not good - Little room for advancement as staffs continue to shrink

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  5. "tons of work, little pay, no raises"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Reporter 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    paid 2 week vacation, and some time off

    Cons

    no raises, they will give you an excuse to add more work to the plate without paying you more for your time

  6. "Independent contractor"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Racine, WI

    I worked at Lee Enterprises part-time

    Pros

    You can make your own hours

    Cons

    The pay was low for the work

  7. "Not all of Lee Enterprises paper locations are horrible."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager in Missoula, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Adequate pay Company vehicles for delivery of down routes. Keep the routes contracted and managed and the work load is less. Not micro-managed.

    Cons

    Daily newspaper circulation is going digital. On salary as a Circulation DM- Sometimes you work 6 days a week. Managing Independent Contractors, not employees - they may drop route at anytime, have to be ready to cover. Long mornings when many paper routes are open. Healthcare benefits are poor.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "You will get fired"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moline, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Usually, lower management and your team(s) are great.

    Cons

    Getting fired at 7 am by the CEO due to downsizing.

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  9. "Good place to start"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Page Designer 

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Entry level positions, informative, learn lots about Adobe Creative Cloud

    Cons

    extremely late shifts, inconsistent scheduling

  10. "Going downhill fast"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Santa Maria, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Dedicated reporters and staff on the local level

    Cons

    Deteriorating condition of the industry Constant downsizing

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