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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated October 13, 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. Helpful (2)

    "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. 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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  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. 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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "News editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Varied and exciting work atmosphere. Never boring,

    Cons

    Single-minded focus on maintaining unrealistic profit margin has reduced quality of product.

    Advice to Management

    The end user, not shareholders, should be primary concern. Refocus on them and the profits will come.


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