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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated May 24, 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. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  2. "Get ready to work hard and go nowhere"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, normal hours, some nice products, looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Totally corporate. No raises in years, many hiring freezes, cancelling benefits where legal, someone one quits you have to do their job now too without additional pay, no promotions

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving ceo and higher ups bonuses when employees are barely scraping by or having to have second jobs. Happy employees work harder.


  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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Media sales"

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    Current Employee - Media Sales in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Media Sales in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    St. Louis -Perks. Flexible hours. Free St. Louis Post-Dispatch paper. Feast Magazine.Ladue News. Opportunity to potentially grow in leadership position. This job looks good on my resume. Not too many

    Cons

    This company is on its way don't the drain. The quality we are bringing in is not with it. We have high expectations very low strategy and execution. Not sure if middle management is needed. If you work here start looking for a new place of employment.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not what they used to be"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in La Crosse, WI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in La Crosse, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are the only reason I stayed as long as I did.

    Cons

    Newspapers did not buy into digital early enough and the crash of the economy compounded with the slow digital growth has put Lee in financial straights. If you are ok with not getting a raise while the CEO gets a multi-million dollar raise, this is the place for you. Absolutely NO understanding of employee retention, and they don't seem to care to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Take some lessons on employee morale and retention. The little people are the only ones who can help keep the industry alive.


  8. "Customer Retention Representative"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Munster, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lee Enterpises offers a fast paced work environment that teaches you the best in customer care with a high degree of proffessionalism. While demanding the pay and bonuses are fair and the only limit on advancement is if you choose not to advance.

    Cons

    Very high customer service volume, you have to be able to deal with a steady stream of customers.


  9. "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.


  10. "Customer Support Specialist"

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

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Fun environment.

    Cons

    Company seemed to be unorganized.


  11. "Media Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    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


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