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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated August 2, 2017
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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)

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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. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It used to be nice."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone at the local office is great.

    Cons

    Corporate keeps forcing rate increases causing customers to cancel, causing advertisers to drop out, causing more rate increases...

    Advice to Management

    Let local papers set their own prices.


  4. "Customer Care Reresentative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited earning with monthly bonuses.

    Cons

    There are no raises given.


  5. "Rats on a sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    The property I worked at had a great team, loved the people I worked with. We worked hard, served our customers and offered a complete portfolio of business solutions to our clients.

    Cons

    Corporate reporting and directives feels like panic mode. New products are great, requiring that every customer participate in them is unreal.


  6. "Media Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, strong coworkers

    Cons

    Newspaper Business is struggling, sales way down

    Advice to Management

    Best of luck


  7. "Senior Advertising Sales Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Missoula, MT

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and a flexible schedule

    Cons

    Management and Limited Growth Opportunity

  8. "Standard Job"

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    Current Employee - Page Designer in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Page Designer in Munster, IN

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

    Pros

    I took this job to help me break into the journalism industry. So far so good, this is a pretty standard job. You show up, design pages and that's the end of it. Lee own a lot of papers, they have a solid internal job board. Everyone I have met has been nice for the most part.

    Cons

    Irregular schedule, often asked to work overtime. I live in Chicago and commute to Munster, it's a pretty rough drive when there is traffic. You have to live with the night hours, which can really put a damper on your social life.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more in order to avoid lack of available people to work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Page designer job not for those looking for consistency"

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    Former Employee - Page Designer in Munster, IN
    Former Employee - Page Designer in Munster, IN

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

    Pros

    It's great short term work and you learn a lot. The people are very kind and fun to work with. They are very keen on helping you feel comfortable and heard.

    Cons

    Nobody took lunch breaks. The schedule was extremely flexible and sometimes you could work 6 or 7 days in a row before getting a day off. They are understaffed and often asked if you could work overtime on your days off (one of my coworkers worked an entire month with only one day off).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your employees, and also pay attention to their needs outside of work. Not everyone can dedicate all their free time to working. Create a comfortable environment where employees feel allowed to clock out and take a lunch break.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Call Center"

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

    Pros

    It's a job. Opportunity to increase pay with retention options. Benefits that are affordable. Opportunity to advance in your position.

    Cons

    Corporate changes not everyone on the same page. Lack of communication with having so many markets. They need a better system so the customers don't continue to suffer because first point of contact isn't supplied with the proper information. Department cuts/lay offs

    Advice to Management

    Make main properties management be more involved with interacting with their own local customers instead of having the phone reprentatives do the job that they're trying to avoid.


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