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Telegraph Media Group Reviews

Updated 25 November 2014
Updated 25 November 2014
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Boiler room with a view

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Central location. Strong brand recognition (in the UK only). Talented co-workers. Strong focus on growth. Strong emphasis on digital innovation.

    Cons

    Highly political. High pressure environment. Impossible performance targets. Minimal communication from above on company plans and strategy. Ever-changing senior management - lack of consistent basis for future growth. Lack of diversity at senior levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Underpaid, under invested in and corrupt

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    Former Employee - Commercial Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Commercial Analyst in London, England

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pension as everything favours the rich and old, good if your rich and happen to be related to the owners and need a visa.

    Cons

    Pays 40% below the market rate for all jobs and the location Victoria is awful. No creativity or original thought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay and invest in staff, stop the chronic nepotism and corrupt scratching of backs. Would be better ran as a democracy instead of smoke and mirrors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Old Fashion newspaper

    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The brand on your CV will help you find your next career role. Since I have been working there had several job offers from competitors and digital companies.

    Cons

    Old Fashion Management, Not yet near to become Digital, don't treat their employees right and lack of strong leadership that can take the newspaper to the next level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ the right management people who can make a difference!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Great experience, lovely people, management should dare more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, fantastic office, good collaborative culture, respectable, top-class journalists

    Cons

    Management (marketing) too afraid to try new things, stuck on old values, some heads of departments are not the most skilled or experienced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dare to try things new things in digital

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Was once awful, now improving

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group full-time

    Pros

    - undergoing major organisational change to be agile and digital led
    - new emphasis on evidence-based decision making
    - starting to act like a business, not a boys club

    Cons

    - lots of deadweight still at the company
    - highly politically charged environment
    - takes a long time to get anything done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking you work for a massive company - you don't. It is a big brand name yes, but think about what your people want over what processes or bizarre, politically motivated deadlines you want to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Terrifying

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Met some great friends and there were fantastic percs with regards to health benefits such as BUPA and paternity leave

    Cons

    Nazi like micro management - treated like a naughty schoolboy at all times, not nearly enough freedom, archaic culture in many ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    chill! Its the Telegraph - income revenue streams will always be strong - respect your staff more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Quantity not quality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, good benefits and had the opportunity to work with a major player in the news industry. Work was sometimes varied.

    Cons

    Too political, no opportunity to progress, poor quality of work. Too focused on selling, selling, selling and no focus on delivery. Poor management which was too top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on budgets and selling and more focus on product and process. The business will grow if the product is solid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Watch your back!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    New digital products
    Benefits
    Free newspaper
    Exciting to be part of a near 160-year old company
    Impressive building and useful location (Victoria).

    Cons

    No values
    No consistent culture across the business
    Blame culture
    Underpaid, undervalued staff whilst senior management highly paid
    Cut throat.
    Internal press releases end up on Guardian website within seconds.
    No free tea and coffee!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategise and deliver on a defined roadmap - but allow time for enough preparation. Stop living to a deadline like a print newspaper - in the digital world it's all about being relevant all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great People. Awful Management.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked in the Commercial department. Great office in a good location, nice employee facilities (on-site gym, nice canteen, modern and generally clean). Worked with some great people from a wide variety of backgrounds and industries. The Telegraph is a great name to have on your CV.

    Good communication from senior management (Murdoch) about organisational issues, and generally what's going on with the company a few times a year (especially around Christmas bonus time).

    Great staff benefits. The ability to pick and choose what you want. Good pension scheme. Subsidised computer, and cycle-to-work, schemes.

    Cons

    When the going got tough, management started pointing fingers, not examining the bigger picture. The view was clearly that when revenue fell, it was because we weren't working hard enough (and nothing to do with the fact that our competitors were developing more innovative products). There's only so far that a regurgitated version of the same old jobs board with a particular audience will get you with clients. Somehow, this escaped the minds of those in charge.

    Over-reliance on print revenues, which, as anyone with a basic level of intelligence will know, is in decline.

    Managers took credit for individual team member's work. Managers set you up to fail, constantly (one minute they railroad your deal, the next they're shouting at you for NOT managing your deal...). Conversations with department managers usually involved being humiliated in front of the whole department floor.

    Nobody felt like they could ask for help because nobody in management was approachable. And then department managers wondered why nobody asked for help.

    A general feeling of apathy towards you from management. Definite old-boys club attitude. Nepotism was blatant. Encouraging team members to screw each other over for the sake of their own figures or career progression. Unrealistic targets based on...who knows?

    Morale was low in my team. There was no motivation or encouragement. Within 6 months, everyone in my team had left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that foster a positive culture, who are approachable, and want you to succeed. Increase individual communication and raise issues with employees immediately - don't leave it to review time, when it comes as a complete surprise.

    There's a reason why managers who are bullies are hated. Get rid of them, and you might retain some top talent and get more out of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    my boss is brilliant - rest of the place is a basket case

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My boss
    The history of the place
    Former glories

    Cons

    The place has no direction and its all getting a bit embarrassing
    There no point discussing time off policies, training and work life balance when everyone wants to leave because the product we produce is rubbish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a strategy and most importantly some editorial direction. People want inspirational leadership, figure heads and causes we can rally behind. Instead we are left sniggering at Private Eye. For the love of God stop worrying about time off policies, training and work life balance - its pathetic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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