Reader: Dickey lays off 600, but bulks up own staff

Regarding newspaper division President Bob Dickey‘s job cuts, including 600 layoffs beginning this week, a reader says: “No one really mentioned that all of these positions are being eliminated, but Dickey added two executive positions to his staff. . . . How come no one brings this up? So, we are cutting the crap out of our expense budgets, eliminating people, no travel, etc., but he adds two very expensive executive positions?”

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14 Responses to “Reader: Dickey lays off 600, but bulks up own staff”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    If this is true, it’s a bloody outrage. Every worker in every corner of this operation should feel shat upon.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    KXTV Sacramento layoffs are happening right now. 6 so far, and they are calling people in one by one. Folks are crying and leaving the parking lot with boxes.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    4:09, we’ve all been shat on for a long time now. we got our b.s. and our m.s., and now we’re getting our phd — piled higher and deeper.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    4:09: Why do you still work for Gannett? Boggles the mind.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    7:51: Why do you come to the Gannett Blog?

  6. Anonymous Says:

    A boggled mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I just have to say that it’s been a long, tiring and exhausting day. While I am still employed, I have now seen the light and intend to take matters into my own hands.

    I’ve suffered at the hands of Gannett’s ill-conceived management philosophy for long enough. I’m getting my resume out there, I’m going to back to school and finding a new direction. I do not want to find myself in this position another month or two down the road.

    Listen up, Gannett: Your best and brightest are leaving because you are too hard-headed to embrace the ideas and knowledge that your employees posess. Instead to choose to insulate and isolate yourselves, convinced that you have all the wisdom, all the good ideas and the power.

    Well, your arrogance will be your downfall. You can’t find it within your nature to trust your employees enough to listen to them and consider that they might actually know something. Instead, you call all the shots, deal out the directives and play lunchtime monitor.

    By the way…if your managers are so adept at noticing when someone is five minutes late back from lunch, how come they never seem to notice when an employee “skips” lunch to complete a project or stays 15 minutes late with no compensation? In part, it’s this kind of narrow-minded, nit-picking with employees that put this company in the boat it’s in.

    That boat is the Titanic. The ship is sinking. And I, for one, am grabbing a life raft and a life.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Bob Dickey is the biggest corporate bureaucrat. He is a robot and takes direction from others.

    He is hiring a bunch of corporate staff to deal with the demands of the other bureaucrat, Craig Dubow and the bean couter Gracia Martore.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Speaking of executives: Can anyone explain to me what, if anything, Group Vice Presidents do? Do they receive extra compensation along with that title, or is it just a spiff for your C.V.?

  10. Anonymous Says:

    7:56: I’m retired so I have 24 hours a day to amuse myself. You think any of this stuff is new? It’s going on at 50% of the fortune 500 companies. Gannett is actually on the low side as to layoffs. try working in auto, housing, construction, banking etc.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    @ 9:36 (“Speaking of executives: Can anyone explain to me what, if anything, Group Vice Presidents do?”)

    Provide blumpkins on demand to the higher-ups. There’s precious little evidence of anything else.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Dickey should be investigated for corporate malfeasance. These hirings are outrageous. There is absolutely NO WAY to justify this in light of what’s been happening in the last week. No way at all. It’s time to gather the pitchforks and torches and march on HQ.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Anonymous said…
    4:09, we’ve all been shat on for a long time now. we got our b.s. and our m.s., and now we’re getting our phd — piled higher and deeper.

    Yeah, that is so true. All these hires and to afford them a 1,000 heads were lopped off.

    I wonder how many Manager, Assistant Managers, Directors, Assistant Directors, Senior Managers, Sen. VP’s and VP’s (this title alone should cover HQ’s entire workforce) are working in the shiny towers in McLean? Compare to the working stiff workforce and everybody should know why nothing gets accomplished and Gannett slides lower and lower.

    If we could lay off just some of them Gannett would safe the equivalent of the pay at least 3,000 workers (just guessing). You would retain the people that really work and get rid of the ones that only collect paychecks by doing absolutely nothing.

    Hey, Board Members of Gannett – what you’re saying to my INNOVATION? The tip is free of charge!!!!

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Here here! lets get torches and march in front of the corp. hq. MAybe then they will at least eliminate their free lunches.

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