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Who else was cheated out of their stock values in the RIFs and lay offs?
I was - $48,000
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That's how Gracia rolls...!
Craig, please get back to the lawsuit you are going to get laughed out of court on. The only one who's crackers is you.
Now we know what Saridakis and Ellenthal have been up to. I just heard that Andy Ellenthal sold his company to DG Fast, a competitor to Pointroll. Andy Ellenthal is going to lead all sales efforts at DG. Guess who is a large shareholder of DG??? Saridakis and his buddies! Seems like they are coming after pointroll in a BIG way!!!Looks like Rob Gatto and the lame executives here are going to have a fun time competing against them!!!I bet you will see our sales team jumping ship to join Andy Ellenthal.
I wouldn't take 'em. The ones that had good sales chops were picked off already or left for greener pastures. Those left have been damaged by PointRoll's recent reputation in the marketplace. Sure it's unfair, but why would I hire a rep with PointRoll baggage?
I can assure you any distractions or slams against Jim which are posted here are dictated by Banikarim. Expect to see such postings increase in the future.
I've seen usat's manager of employee engagement spend hours monitoring this site. Who else in Gannett is tasked with doing the same? I wouldn't be surprised to discover it's in their job descriptions.
I received a stock payout but only for my 2012 shares. All the rest were swept clean.
http://metrotimes.com/news/freep-flap-1.1304908Interesting look at the recently fired Freep city hall reporter. I think the only thing it proves is that the Detroit City Council president was a craptcular journalist and has incredibly thin skin. Hard to say if the balance of the reporter's issues in-house mentioned i nthe story rise to the level of firing; I'd think not at a guild paper, but it sure seems ilke a non-guild paper would have cut bait earlier. I suspect the paper will go nuclear on him if/when he pursues a grievance or civil suit. Any little things he might have done since he got there would probably be made out as huge problems. For his sake, I hope the guild does its homework about his whole time there before anything is filed.
Yes prepare yourself!Mass layoffs lists are being compiled.The second quarter revenue numbers are coming in much weaker than projected.Buyouts did not meet expectations.For those of you who thought you were protected and Gannett could not survive without you,start packing!
Independence Day 2012 will have new meaning for those who didn't take the buyout.
8:52 is right. I heard this is happening at both Gannett and GPS. There's no end in sight. If you haven't already started looking for a job, I strongly suggest today becomes the day you start doing so.
7:40 - So the posts just get deleted. Jim - 1...Banikarim - 0. The posts are juvenile at best and just prove how ill equipped these people are at running a company. What comes across very clearly is that the CP has lost control of its employees. Instead of trying to calm the masses by doing the right thing and growing the product, they spend all their time trying to quash what they don't want heard. No wonder this company is losing money.
EROP folks, Is everything proceeding smoothly? Getting paperwork on time, benefits continuing as planned, etc.? Any surprises? Dates were staggered at my site so some that accepted the offer are still there.
11:29 I remove comments where readers attack posters with name-calling, etc.
jim can u clean up and get rid of the deleted comment lines. thanks
12:38 I preserve those administrative removal lines in the interest of transparency. They show I'm moderating -- sometimes more often than usual.
Yesterday I made a comment about the H.R. person but I see it your last Supervisor who unemployment may contact.If you are denied unemployment, and severance pay it is your last Supervisor who is at fault for talking to State unemployment and telling them false information. All they should say is you were let go it was not your fault and the company offered you no other position. Even if you could apply for other openings that does not mean you were offered a job.
Reading through the blogs posted here, it is truly telling. I feel we can all agree that the state of GCI is not what it once one. As a previous AD, and seeing trend of the advertising revenues declining which was expainable based on EYE CHARTS, combined with the group president's basically verbal assault, I got out. I am so very sad to see a market leader company fall to the lows we have all read about. There is no AD at my previous paper...and the company has simply become one of managing the decline...meanwhile I have found work with newspaper companies who realize hard core sales focusing on value and training of a sales staff is an investment, and contributes to the bottom line.It is very sad to read all through all the issues my company-wide teammates gave gone through. I have been hurt by the mismanagent of this once proud company as well.
2:53, I am a news person, and all I can say is that a great AD is worth many, many times their weight in gold. Through the years, I learned a lot from my colleagues in advertising. Hope you are now in a good place far, far from the Big G and thank you.
This should sell a lot of papers NOT! Westchester In Todays Paper!Journal News answers question on new subscription model11:19 PM, Apr. 24, 2012 | The Journal News Media Group is launching a new subscription model on May 2. Full access to all of our content on all platforms — Web, mobile, tablet and print — will be available only to subscribers after that date. If you choose not to subscribe, digital access will be limited to 20 stories a month.Question: I don’t use a computer, mobile phone or tablet. Will my subscription price still go up?Answer: Yes. We’re investing in additional coverage — particularly of taxes, real estate and food — and additional staff, so even if you don’t go online, you’re getting a better newspaper for your money. And then you can share your digital subscription with someone else in the family who does go online.For more information, contact:• Customer service, 800-942-1010, firstname.lastname@example.org
"I've seen usat's manager of employee engagement spend hours monitoring this site. Who else in Gannett is tasked with doing the same? I wouldn't be surprised to discover it's in their job descriptions."Why in the world are you watching them for 'hours?' Get back to work.
Let's see 3:57, she moved to GPS six months ago so you have no idea what you are talking about
Jim, loosen up Bro, you delete way too much stuff. People like a tad bit of conflict and some times information is gained by these bashers. Just a thought
We wonder if David L. Hunke has any idea of how badly he has botched USA Today. Today marks the 2nd anniversary of his lunatic "transformation" which left a once respected and popular newspaper in shambles; cost hundreds of qualified and dedicated employees their careers; subjected many of us to incompetent, arrogant and formerly unemployed half-wits who now exploit their laughable VP titles; reduced the strength of our circulation footprint by hundreds of thousands of copies; dismantled our strongest journalistic assets at the whims of Dubow, Martore, Banikarim and Beusse; squandered away the power of our USA Today brand as revenues sank to record lows; and created an environment of confusion, fear, favoritism, misdirection, chaos, loathing and disgust each of us must face every day as we come to work in this crystal tomb. How can you look at yourself in the mirror, David L. Hunke? How does it feel to know you are despised by practically every member of the staff? Laughed at behind your back by Gannett brass as they kick your ass out the door. Ridiculed by an entire industry for your unparalleled ineptness.So your reward for the moment is also a laughable title -- chairman. Chairman of what? A destroyed national icon? The remnants of what used to be USA Today?Congratulations, David L. Hunke. No gold watch for you. Instead you have earned millions for the complete destruction of USA Today. Your golden parachute will most likely soften the thud as your fired ass hits the pavement in your so-called retirement, coming none too soon for all of us. But nothing can soften the thud you will carry forever as the publisher and president who destroyed USA Today.
For all the priase of the Blog as the only place to find out this or that, the sad fact remains that it is a very ugly and sometimes idiotic "delivery system."Like trying to figure out on a bathroom wall which graffiti is true.His protests aside, Jim CAN and SHOULD be much harsher on crap. A good newsman should leave out rumors, character assassination, slurs and repetition. His failure to be a moderator results in a schoolyard atmosphere. Really awful.
It's getting worse and worse at my site. Basic stories no longer make the newspaper. Basic stories no longer make the website.I-Phones and social media to the rescue.Yeah. Sure. Right.
Answer: Yes. We’re investing in additional coverage — particularly of taxes, real estate and food — and additional staff, so even if you don’t go online, you’re getting a better newspaper for your money. And then you can share your digital subscription with someone else in the family who does go online.Adding additional staff?, like adding one person right after forcing 12 to retire. The Journal News is not in the news business, they are in the fiction business
Craig's behaving badly is a sideshow to the warped, sel-serving agenda being perpetuated at Gannett. Martore's leading this company nowhere but downhill. At the end of the day, she'll be building her own mansion with what she's looting from the company. Remember that on your next furlough or exit party for the departed.
I find it unconscionable that anyone who took a buyout or are laid off are being denied unemployment. I'd have to see the wording in the buyout agreement, because they may view this more as a "resignation" which may deem you ineligible for UI. As an HR person, I'd never deny UI for those people. I think in some cases, I sent the names to the UI company that manages it for Gannett and tell them they would see these come through and that we weren't going to contest it. Maybe I have a conscience. I took that with me when I was RIF'd.
HR Pro no one who was laid off was denied unemployment. I repeat NO ONEReal HR PRO
Just received instructions on how to put in a photo assigment on CCI Newsgate. It's a 22-step procedure. System is about as efficient as the federal government's response was to Katrina. Glad I don't own stock in this outfit. I urge everyone to dump their Gannett stock as soon as possible. Remember, you may think you don't own Gannett stock, but you do as Gannett is trying to sneak it into your 401K. Good thing to do is either dump it by phone the Monday you are paid or dump it buy going online. Gannett stock in your portfolio is like putting cancer in your drinking water.
On our previous system, the procedure was maybe 10 steps to put in a photo assignment.
Thanks for the reminder, 10:48.
Jim, did you suffer a brain bruise at some point in your life? You really seem slow to catch on to many things.
8:28. No debate that Hunke is a disaster. But the degrading of quality and humanity at USAT was put into high gear by the self promoting, preening duo of Craig Moon and Ken Paulson. It was jaw dropping to be around in those days to witness the misery they inflicted.
"Taxes, real estate and food"--HOW did the Journal News come up with those "passion topics"? Bracing myself for the paywall announcement at my site after our corporate passion topics visit.
Moon and Paulson may have started the ball rolling, but Hapless Hunke and Healthworks Hillkirk's lame transformation, lax oversight and irresponsible, incompetent underlings created a rolling disaster. To think that either still has a job with this organization is unbelievable.
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