Sunday, December 19, 2010

Week Dec. 13-19 | Your News & Comments: Part 3

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  1. For Part 2 of this comment thread, please go here.

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  2. C'mon insiders, who's going to be the new editor here in Cincinnati?

    And for those agonizing about how hard they should work for Gannett, remember that if you're any good at what you do, and you don't think Gannett treats you well or compensates you well enough, go work for someone else. By and large, Gannett books employees as liabilities, and the older and costlier you become, the greater the actuarial liability you truly are.

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  3. 3:47's contention here is cold and cruel -- and 100 percent accurate.

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  4. I think too much of myself to do what ever to keep my job,I wouldn't be able to look my kids in the eye if I did. Maybe you should take a look at who you are doing it to & decide if that person is worth doing it to, job wise. sic

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  5. yes, the truth is that gannett, the individual properties don't give a damn about you, your families or anyone except them (the empty incompetent suits). If any of us dropped over in our work spaces these heartless idiots in management would be concerned about hoe they would be personally affected.

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  6. On how hard to work: I think there have been and are plenty who give up personal/family time for this company, giving Gannett way more than what Gannett compensates for, out of professional pride and dedication to the craft. Unfortunately, this has not made them fireproof.

    I still work hard, but I have more balance now than before. The company still gets 100 percent, but the 110 percent days are gone. The company gets what it pays for now.

    Have I been tempted to slack off? Yes. Here is why we shouldn't: What you do now becomes habit. As a professional, do your job. It will pay off by showing others — maybe future employers — your skills and work ethic.

    And for those who still want to give 110 percent, work way over 40 hours when you are salaried, etc., here is why you shouldn't: Gannett will never hire enough people if they can get by with less. If we get by with fewer people who get paid for 40 but work 60, the company will either be OK with that or perhaps decide we have more to cut.

    Bottom line: Be fair to yourself and fair to your employer.

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  7. coworkers will build them selves up verbally to the manager but can't hack the load, makes me wonder what else goes on in those offices, maybe they should put cameras in there.
    Shopping,farmville, decorating,solitaire, searching the internet, talking on the phone(non work)I guess it's part of the job.
    funny how non workers are appealling to the managements brain..
    ...........2 peas in a pod

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  8. 5:04pm: Come on over to GCI Crystal Palace where this behavior is rampant.

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  9. Next year is gonna be really interesting...
    don't be left in the dark. Time to make that donation to Jim to make sure the blog keeps going. He's not trying to get rich - all he asks is a lousy $5 donation. We all can afford this(or a little more).

    It feels pretty good to donate because you know you should.
    -Gannett's lowest paid employee

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  10. All I ever hear from folks in my community is "why should I pay for the news on the web when I get it for free?" same applies here.

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  11. No Merry Christmas at the Phoenix Production Center's Company Pot Luck. Last year's Pot Luck the company provided ham and undercooked turkey. The employees brought in a nice assortment of food. What a difference a year makes. Figuring the people are sick enough this year undercooked turkey or ham was not on the menu, instead the company supplied Tamales. The employees must of been sick. No one participated, out of about 150 people only two soda bottles, a pecan pie, a velvet cake, bag of chips, and a pot of beans were brought in to add to the company's annual festive occasion.
    Aren't Tamales the standard meal served in the State's Prison at Christmas? This was A No Luck Pot Luck.

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  12. I agree with 4:26. The days 0f 110%-120% effort on my part are over. They get 100% and that's it.

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  13. Nothing makes me think of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" more than working for Gannett.

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  14. If we get some new people unburdened with a view of the way things were and the pain of the cuts, will that help?

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  15. 11 AM. We have hired several new people who have no real knowledge of how horribly bad things have been. Sometimes, I envy them because they still seem to have a lot of hope in this industry. But I also view them as very naive.

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  16. 12:00pm - a great number of current, long-time GCI employees are naive as well to believe that they'll keep their jobs until retirement.

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  17. Hey 11:00am. Sure- that's the answer. Hire new people clueless about not only the individual sites, but the industry as a whole. Yes- that will help. As long as those silly little things that people who are "burdened with a view of the way things were" found important like say- ability and dare I say it...TALENT are not a consideration. Why pay for THAT? Let me guess- you're a manager who survived the cuts (so far) and go into the daily meetings and agree with whatever is said by your boss, then come out and try to explain it to your staff, poorly because you really didn't understand or even listen very well to what was being said in the meeting anyway. But sell it like it is the gospel- full speed ahead. Try this- stick up for the experienced staff you have. Yeah- right.

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  18. Just for the record, you can't give more than 100% of effort. That's the max.

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  19. I'm at 50%. Been there since 2007.

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  20. www.careersthatdontsuck.com is seriously mistaken.

    On their home page:
    "Now Hiring: Gannett, Guess and More!"

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  21. Would someone tell the GPC that the POs ATOL is down again.

    Gotta love it!

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  22. Yes it was a sad no pot and no luck at Deer Valley production center Phoenix. With the wage and vacation DECREASE they got from the unions you would have thought Bob K. and Dale C. would have taken some of that big bonuses money and thrown a big bash for the boys and girls. Just hoping they enjoy that big bonus check and 4 weeks vacation. While the people that put the product out have to do with less. Merry Christmas to Gannett they really do bring Dicken's story to life!!!!

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  24. Anonymous said...
    If we get some new people unburdened with a view of the way things were and the pain of the cuts, will that help?

    12/18/2010 11:00 AM
    Yes, let's keep them clueless because the same things would never, ever happen to them!

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  25. KPNX has pretty much finished their move into the Arizona Republic building. Their news operation has one half of the 9th floor of the Republic newsroom. So far it seems to have gone pretty well.

    The KPNX side of the room is a beehive of activity, lots of shouting, banks of televisions going (all HD - they must have spent a fortune on those), a sense of urgency in the air. The Republic side of the room is silent with no sense of urgency.

    We are still waiting to see how this merger works out and what it means for our jobs.

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