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Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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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 11 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Advertising Dept."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good parking lot. Benefits are decent although they continue to cut them.

    Cons

    Corporation - need I say more?! Only interested in revenue. Certain managers have their favorites. Bad morale. Customer service is terrible especially when people call the circulation dept. and get the phone tree.

    Advice to Management

    Would someone please stand up to corporate for us? Managers act like they're scared to death to disagree with the people upstairs. And a compliment once in awhile would be nice for your staff.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Neither you nor your contributions are valued here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lee does issue paychecks on-time and they offer health, dental, and vision insurance. You also receive a complimentary newspaper subscription. Co-workers are mostly decent, hard-working people who just happen to be stuck working for the same godawful company as you.

    Cons

    The other negative reviews tell the story. Lee does not value it's employees whatsoever. As an employee you are regarded on the same level as office supplies, or maybe even a bit lower.

    They are an implausibly clueless and rudderless organization and upper management had no real clue about what it is doing. I shudder to think what nightmare scenario the contributor of the five-star "Great Company" review must have endured prior to getting in with Lee (if it wasn't a fake review to begin with).

    At the local business unit where I worked there was a noticeable culture shift over the past decade from it being a decent place to work which believed in there value of reporting news for the community to now being a toxic hellhole solely concerned with generating revenue. No raises for the working class for over five years but $500,000 - $700,000 annual bonuses for the top brass tends to make folks a tad bitter.

    While I cannot speak for the management at all of the local business units I can say that the corporate management group seems to be solely concerned with trying to fill their golden parachutes while the rest of the company circles the drain once and for all. Do yourself a favor and perform some internet research on these clowns first. Last Best News captures a good deal of the companies mismanagement if you search for Lee Enterprises or Mary Junck.

    Avoid this company at all costs!

    Advice to Management

    Ha ha ha! They wouldn't listen anyway.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Beware of what you're getting into"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Munster, IN
    Current Employee - Designer in Munster, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are great and make it enjoyable. Some designers are so talented and should really take their talent somewhere else.

    Cons

    The worst job you could ever imagine having. Management doesn't have a clue about what goes on.
    They've recently launched a "re-organization" of the company splitting everyone into separate teams which somehow is supposed to make everyone work together. It's actually turned in to "that's not my job."
    You're expected to work 6 days a week and they don't allow for unexpected days off due to emergencies.
    Turn over is insanely high, it's almost like a brand new staff compared to this time last year.

    Advice to Management

    Management has turned what could be a great and enjoyable job into a complete disaster. Stop with the micromanagement and trust your employees to do their job.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Reporter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    Great job to cover news in wonderful communities.

    Cons

    Seriously poor and heartless treatment of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Replace incompetent, bad editors with experienced real news editors.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Run!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in Billings, MT
    Former Employee - Reporter in Billings, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to write for a living.

    Cons

    Terribly managed operation from the top down. All newspapers are struggling right now, but Lee is among the worst in the way it is trying to adapt to the current environment and most often it is the reporters who suffer, which leads to a bad product and exactly zero sense of pride in the work, which is evidenced by the malaise on editors' faces, almost universally.

    Advice to Management

    Get a vision. Treat reporters better. Encourage teamwork to tackle big projects.


  7. "Advertorial Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    provided decent benefits for employees

    Cons

    Huge corporate umbrella, not personable, maintained a hierarchical structure


  8. "Newspaper Carrier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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…


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a company that knows how to reward its employees. If you work hard and put in the effort, it will pay off big time. I've moved up very quickly in a short amount of time and I feel like I am constantly being recognized for all that I do. I definitely feel appreciated it's great to be part of team that sees your value.
    Also, the management team is amazing! They work very hard and it shows. Everyone is very knowledgeable and you can tell they truly care about the company and want to see it succeed. They do an excellent job of identifying high performers and make sure they work to develop and retain those employees. If you're lucky enough to get your foot in the door here and work hard, you will definitely go places!

    Cons

    More flexibility in work schedules would be great but that is definitely something I see coming in the future. Management seems very open to change and wants the best for their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to delegate more to your employees. You have a great team - take advantage of it! Also, put more emphasis on training. I would take any opportunity to grow and learn here and many other employees feel the same.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "News"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for rapid advancement in exciting, evolving work environment

    Cons

    Increasingky homogenous, heavy-handed, top-down approach from corporate office.

    Advice to Management

    Return local autonomy to news organizations and refocus on customer service. Set more realistic revenue goals and allow local news outlets to better serve local advertisers. Rebuild relationships with readers by investing in targeted outreach and more direct accessibility between readers and news staff. Get rid of hellish electronic phone trees. Stop bleeding profitable local news outlets to prop up doomed metros.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Horrible company culture with management that doesn't care about employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This company paid the bills and I learned a lot from my direct supervisor until he resigned.

    Cons

    This company does not care about their employees. The management has their own agenda and there is zero transparency within the company. The director's and VP's take care of themselves and do what they have to do to keep stock holders happy, even if it means the employees are lied to constantly and made promises to that will never be kept.

    Advice to Management

    The employees are the ones who are keeping this company running and they should be shown more respect.



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