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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated April 12, 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)

Cons
  • Nearly no raises in many years and when there have been it's been like 2 percent (in 13 reviews)

  • Upper Management out of touch with reality (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Newspaper Carrier"

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    Former Employee - Temporary Newspaper Carrier in Munster, IN
    Former Employee - Temporary Newspaper Carrier in Munster, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Early morning hours fit in to the schedule the rest of your day. They need you more than you need them.

    Cons

    Poor pay, management doesn't care about you, bad work conditions such as bad weather,, hot warehouse to bag your papers in, have to pay for your own supplies and gas which make the job very very poor pay

    Advice to Management

    Kiss her and that the newspaper carriers are the Dracon check with your customer, you should care more about his paper carrier satisfaction to maintain home subscription numbers you need to sell advertising at a higher rate. The carriers are the lowest man on the totem pole…


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Call center represenative"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Billings, MT
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Billings, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Amazing people to work with. Management is mostly friendly.

    Cons

    Lee enterprise is in the newspaper business, obviously, and to due to that fact that the industry is dying. Corporate has cut departments, ships work over seas. Dishonest to customers.

    Advice to Management

    Managers with a know use of drugs or alcohol should not be in a supervisor role.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hope they can get back on track ..."

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

    Pros

    Newspapers are nightmarish as they try to evolve into digital entities ... this company was extremely stressful to work at.

    Cons

    Stress level is extremely high among managers and employees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect if you want them to perform. And, hire managers with people skills.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Graphic Artist"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Bismarck, ND
    Current Employee - Graphic Artist in Bismarck, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady work, average of only 40 hours a week no more or less. Direct boss is great and very helpful.

    Cons

    Pay is definitely needing to be evaluated. We keep loosing people because they are not paid enough. Also we are so far behind on software and are not able to do our jobs effectively because of how far behind our design, layout and accounting software is. The newest software we work on is at least 11 years old.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, help us help you by giving us what we need to make your papers better! Pay and software can all be evaluated.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "A sinking ship: mandatory overtime, clueless management, low pay"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Designer in Munster, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers and the lowest level of management are mostly decent people and make the atmosphere OK. No dress code makes for a relaxed environment (minus the 20+ daily deadlines).

    Cons

    The design center I work at is mandating six days a week shifts. Layoffs are happening across the board - another design center is being shut down and papers are slashing newsroom staffs. Pay does not reflect the amount of work you do or stress you endure. No raises or rewards for good work. Working with editors to "design" a page is about as fun as a root canal, and that's your main job. No innovation or encouragement, no push for quality work, no support.
    If you're looking to be a newspaper designer, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    At the lower level: Stand up for your employees otherwise nothing will change. At the upper level: Get your act together. You are running this company straight into the ground and bringing down a lot of good - and severely underpaid - journalists with it.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Person in Missoula, MT
    Former Employee - Sales Person in Missoula, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, average sales comp plan, great rank and file workers

    Cons

    ready, FIRE!, aim...
    massive layoffs, ever changing goals

    Advice to Management

    employees want to be viewed as part of the solution and feel succesful


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Climate of fear"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in Central Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Reporter in Central Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's a job. Some of the people you work with are wonderful, but don't get used to them being there for long.

    Cons

    Long hours, little vacation time, low wages, everyone seemed afraid, unhappy, oppressed. Witnessed monthly firings, usually without warning.

    Advice to Management

    None. They wouldn't listen, anyway.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Plausibly worse than Gannett"

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    Former Employee - News Reporter in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - News Reporter in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Offered health insurance, vacation, at least;
    Was transparent in its ambitions

    Cons

    Management is fundamentally disconnected from reality of individual properties; vacation time is nonexistent in bare-boned newsrooms; Web content and social media goals lead to reprinting of press releases; real journalism is nowhere to be found in company's values

    Advice to Management

    Explore actual realities at each property -- market conditions, staffing, employers -- before setting advertising goals; come up with realistic financial goals


  10. Helpful (4)

    "False Advertisement"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Munster, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, accessibility, any one hired

    Cons

    Schedules, Time off, Customers, Management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees; gain compassion


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Focused on the wrong things"

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    Current Employee - Controller in Lihue, HI
    Current Employee - Controller in Lihue, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salaries in certain areas for managers. Some growth opportunities in certain departments. Some opportunities to receive additional training for managers.

    Cons

    Deep expense cuts and layoffs while higher-ups get bonuses. Poor and outdated software systems. Certain managers are hired for the wrong reasons. Employee complaints are not taken seriously enough.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. If you are asking your employees to cut expenses, don't give yourself a bonus, no matter how hard you are working.


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