Argus Media Employee Reviews about "reporters"

Updated 20 May 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent, professional news organisation"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Growing quickly. Highly professional and dedicated writers. Great opportunity to dive deeply into commodity markets, potentially great place for a junior reporter to start and to work their way up.

    Cons

    A commodities company, Argus reporters have little opportunity to write about wider aspects of the economy if not to do with commodities markets.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good as a stepping stone"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Reporter in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, great flexibility, you can work with some great colleagues and there are some great opportunities when you can get them. Career progression often depends on which team you work in.

    Cons

    Effort is very rarely recognized in any meaningful way and the structure is far too bureaucratic. I have seen very competent and ambitious reporters become extremely demotivated in certain teams. Too much responsibility is placed on the shoulders of junior staff in some teams because management can't be bothered.

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  3. Helpful (8)

    "Could easily be much better if it tried"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1) Lower and mid ranking staff are smart, friendly and keen to help. It is sociable without being one of those offices were everyone lives in each other's pockets. There is a weekly football game, there was a pub quiz, darts/pool games in the games room at lunch time, there are drinks around pay day, also quite a few people did some volunteering together. 2) It is respected in its (niche) field and you can build up an expertise and contact base that can be very useful for future career moves. 3) The commodites markets are interesting assuming you are a bit of a geek and like details. 4) There are opportunities for promotion etc (up to a certain point). 5) starting salaries for new graduates are very good 6) there are some signs that they are trying to change things for the better and have started a career development project and asked everyone to give their views on it. 7) you don't have to wear a suit or be in work early in the morning and the new office is nice. 8) encouraged to go and meet contacts, clients, attend conferences etc 9) if you get to know the right people, you can learn a lot of useful skills like Excel 10) it is fast growing company so no horrible mass redundancies etc

    Cons

    1) Starting salary is good but then salaries fall behind and after three years, you can probably earn more elsewhere. 2) Management is very unreliable - some line managers are great, others are totally useless so it depends on what team you are on. But it doesn't appear that being a good manager is considered to be important so some people have got away with being bad for years. If you have a bad one, you need to try and find a good editor to give you advice and help you move. 3) it is hard to tell who is actually in charge of anything since you have an editor who hires you and appears to be your line manager and oversees pricing and commentary, a BIR editor who also tells you what to do, a news editor that also thinks he should be telling you what to do, a senior editor on some teams, and sometimes biz dev asking for things as well. So everyone can order you around but no one will tell you what the most important thing to do actually is. And none of these editors actually talk to each other 4) it is really hard to work with people from other offices because again, no one seems to actually be in charge so the people abroad don't know if they can or should work on a story with you and you don't know if or how you could ask or tell them to get some information for you. 5) technology is pretty bad, the customer platform is really old fashioned and reporters have to do a lot of work by hand to get data together. There are one or two editors around who know anything to be able to help with that.

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  4. Helpful (7)

    "Too much top down restructuring and focus on oil"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Reporter in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Probably great if you like oil and work in the oil side of the business.

    Cons

    Decisions to make wholesale changes to market coverage and reports taken by senior management without any consultation with the reporters and editors it affects. Limited opportunity for progression. Weak leadership and management puts the onus on individuals to cover for poor work from others. Regional set-up prevents efficient collaboration.

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  5. Helpful (11)

    "Avoid this place"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argus Media full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay for very little work, but that is in some ways a problem as it encourages people to slack off and stay. Argus often recruits very nice young people for lower rung positions so you'll never be short of kind colleagues, though such people rarely stay more than a year.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Firstly, don't be fooled by the sudden spate of good reviews for the company. My understanding is that management are very much aware of the horrible and insightful reviews they get here and are determined to change that. So what are the problems? A lack of training - a frequent complaint for several years but one the company doesn't seem interested in rectifying. As long as reporters can enter prices in a spreadsheet at the end of the day and write a small report, management will be satisfied with that. Training to do more than this simply does not exist. A lack of interest in investigative journalism - Argus makes its money from big energy companies. But it reports on them too. It creates conflicts of interests in theory and reality. Journalists with a bit between their teeth have been actively dissuaded from pursuing stories because of such considerations. An often poisonous atmosphere - this is probably the worst thing. It's not immediately apparent, and a lot of it finds expression on instant messaging between staff. The problem is quite simply that staff are treated in wildly different ways. New and liked by management? Have some shares that will be worth a fortune when Argus lists soon! Been at Argus several years but have a bit of warmth and independence about your person? Sorry, no shares for you! I have seen some staff being sucked up to by senior management because of their social connections, while others are summarily dismissed for their "negative body language" despite doing a better job. Others have been subjected to incredible rages on the part of senior management. Moreover, complaining about such things can be done, but you'll regret it because you'll find yourself with an invisible black mark against your name. HR will listen but invariably take the side of management. Don't get ill because they don't listen - there are stories of people complaining about the heat in the office because of faulty air conditioning units but their warnings were ignored. A couple of staff members collapsed and one had to go and have plastic surgery as a result. If you're a bright young journalist, don't come to this company.

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Editorial staff"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Reporter 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argus Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) Fresh graduates are welome, no prior experience required. 2) The company welcomes those lacking in English langanguae skills as long as the candidate is fluent in one other language. 3) Most editors/managers are fixated on knocking off early and doing less for their salaries - which is great because you get more freedom.

    Cons

    1) No proper training 2) Unjust salary structure & lack of growth opportunities for reporters 3) Biased & incompetent editorial management

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Editorial"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argus Media full-time

    Pros

    It is a great place to make a living as a financial journalist and learn about commodities. The benefits are good. They increase pay regularly to remain competitive in the industry. You will work with many talented people. I would absolutely recommend Argus to journalists interested in commodities. The pay and work-life balance is very competitive compared with other media companies.

    Cons

    It is a very flat organization on the editorial side: there are reporters, deputy editors and editors. The editors rarely leave so its hard to move up the chain, which makes it difficult to make Argus a long-term career if you want to advance. Your experience will vary greatly depending on which team you're on. Some teams make a lot of money and are coddled by the management and are compensated very well. Other teams are asked to do much more with less and have turnover issues. There is a very insular and cliquish inner circle at the company that is nearly impossible for a newcomer to join. They are trying to improve the technology but it still lacks. Real-time news is difficult due to the clunky content management system. While quality journalism is valued and respected, reporters and editors are promoted and rewarded more when they develop the business by convincing traders to use Argus pricing, which leads to more subscriptions.

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    Argus Media Response

    October 13, 2016Head of HR, Americas

    Thank you for your feedback. We do plan to continue the career development schemes, but it is nice to know they are appreciated. Continue to offer ideas and suggestions within your group or with HR...feedback helps us to improve.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Market reporter"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Argus Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Argus is a great place to learn a lot about the energy industry, especially if you're interested in working for an oil and gas company. It's actually a great place to be a journalist, as long as you don't mind giving up a byline and are willing to do a fair amount of mundane, administrative tasks. The pay is better than most journalism jobs out there, as are the benefits. Your beat is really what you make of it. If you want to write several stories a day, chase down scoops, dig through filings, then you're encouraged to do so. You work with a lot of great journalists, many who have left Bloomberg, Reuters or the WSJ for a job that offers a better work life balance.

    Cons

    While writing opportunities are excellent, there are few pure writing jobs within the company. Most reporters are tasked with putting out a daily report, which basically requires a lot of drone work. You have to collect prices and deals and enter deals into a spreadsheet and design a report. This can lead to long hours and can get mind-numbing after a period of time. The company is organized in teams based on product. Not all teams are treated the same. Some teams are allowed to come in at 10 am, take long lunches and they get by without writing any stories at all. Other teams are held to a higher standard. This is driven largely by line managers, but upper management is certainly not oblivious to the questionable work ethic of some employees and lets it slide. The lack of uniform standards has a negative impact on morale. General culture could use a little improvement. The individual people are quite nice to work with, but most people only communicate on yahoo. Sometimes it makes going to work kind of a drag, especially if you value human interaction. Reporters do not get bonuses, and there are few opportunities for promotion. You're not really incentivized to work hard, especially when employees who work lesser hours and contribute less are allowed to do so and indicate no qualms about their compensation. Be sure to counter whatever initial offer is given, as mine turned out to be a total low-ball. Management seems okay with a high turnover rate. This is great if you're just looking to get some experience, but if you're looking to build a career, Argus might not be the best spot.

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