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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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Lee Enterprises Chairman, President and CEO Mary E. Junck
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Pros
  • Relaxed work environment with good bosses in the newsroom (in 11 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Nearly no raises in many years and when there have been it's been like 2 percent (in 12 reviews)

  • Low pay relative to some other newspaper chains (in 8 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "It's a check"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Munster, IN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Munster, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incentives for certain sales made or for retaining customers.
    Paycheck
    Time off for birthdays

    Cons

    Team Leaders and management were terrible.
    Changes in procedures were constant from corporate. If you didnt catch on quick enough you would be repremanded or terminated.
    Very catty atmosphere among team leads. Was always made to feel disposable.
    The person in charge of time off requests was extremely catty, wouldnt approve you if he "didnt like you".
    Not enough training for the amount of properties CSR's were responsible for.

    Advice to Management

    Team leaders are hard to come by but they should always be held responsible for their actions as well. Take notice of people when they let personal feelings get in the way of professinalism and act accordingly. MAKE A THOROUGH TRAINING PERIOD FOR NEW EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS CURRENT CSR'S WHO WILL BE HANDLING NEW PROPERTIES!
    Consider upgrading computer software.


  2. "Digital Media Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Sales team always had go-home goals for every Friday which was something to look forward to, and it is a good way to get digital marketing experience. Fun games were played at work sometimes.

    Cons

    High turnover, so sales goals are always rising when people quit.

    Advice to Management

    Don't set unrealistic sales goals. They need to challenge the sales person, yet it is important that goals are attainable.

  3. "not too bad"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Munster, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has a good work atmosphere

    Cons

    Not suited for someone looking for professional growth

    Advice to Management

    Great mangement team


  4. "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


  5. "Editorial"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Other than the job itself and fantastic co-workers, there are no pros.

    Cons

    Management was horrific, even deceitful. Treated employees like garbage. No work/life balance whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote the people who truly deserve it, rather than, at best, ignore them, at worst, allow abusive behavior.


  6. "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


  7. "Just a number"

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

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility. Interesting work. Community involvement.

    Cons

    High stress. Low pay. Treated as disposable. No pay increase.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those in the trenches/local markets

  8. "Like working for free?"

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

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

    Pros

    Co workers are nice. You're in the same boat.

    Cons

    If not, don't apply here. High turnover (for a reason) and then you get to do their jobs! For no added benefit. And NO thanks, which is even worse.

    Advice to Management

    Walk a day in the lowest person's shoes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munster, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Munster, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Learned some new skills
    • Job started off ok (it's a paycheck)
    • Some coworkers were nice

    Cons

    • Multiple restructurings, the last one full of constant micromanaging from upper management
    • No room for growth professionally or financially, despite greatly increased workload
    • Poor scheduling; not enough designers scheduled each night and high turnover
    • Quantity over quality: doing 25-30 pages per night toward the end of my time there, and constantly told to take on more
    • Issues with chemicals in the building made people sick, and multiple restroom closures where people had to travel to the gas station for a working restroom

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, treat them with respect and listen to what they have to say. If five people put in their notice at the same time, something is wrong.


  10. "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"


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