Argus Media Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated 20 Dec 2018

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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Used to be a fantastic place to work – sadly changing"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Argus Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I had a fabulous few years at Argus, and loved the majority of my time there. There are a lot of incredibly talented, smart, friendly, and interesting people (sadly though a lot of them seem to be leaving or have left) who I learned a lot from. In particular, the head of London marketing was a real gem. She has crucial industry knowledge and a real dedication to the products.

    Cons

    Unfortunately in some departments there isn’t a lot of career/role development. By all means, if you do well you’ll pick up more responsibility, but you’ll also keep all of your existing work, meaning a lot of people end up in quite bizarre hybrid roles, focused on important strategic projects as well as basic administrative/logistical work. Rather than spend even a small amount more on additional junior resource, the powers-that-be seem to prefer to squeeze existing teams as much as they possibly can. Obviously this isn’t efficient and those teams resort to just fire-fighting; they can just about meet deadlines and fulfill tactical activities, but they have little to no time to plan properly or take advantage of real opportunities that may present themselves – at least without letting anything else slide off. Adding another layer to that, there has been a lot of change in the business overall – with new senior management and a complete global restructure. Even acknowledging that it’s common for change to bring about discontent/unease in any workforce, there are a lot of things that could have been done a hundred times better and then some others that were downright bizarre. At a simplistic level it seems that they are trying to emulate the market incumbent, but they should be embracing the differentiators that have always made Argus what it is, instead of simply trying to copy. At a more concerning level, some outdated and scattergun approaches to marketing were starting to be introduced – at no point should “clickbait” be a tactic to pursue for example, which is something directly overheard from new senior management. This is in addition to setting arbitrary goals without any strategy behind them. For example, there is no point simply trying to double the size of a marketing prospect list without any (even basic) context such as market segment and job function, let alone commercial goals, projected revenue or even basic market sizing exercises being applied/investigated.

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  2. Helpful (10)

    "Marketing department in turmoil"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For almost three years Argus was the best company I've ever worked for. This is due entirely to the fantastic team I found myself with in London and the family culture that has been cultivated over time. The head of marketing was trusting and supportive allowing autonomous work without micromanagement. The role offered ample opportunity to learn new skills and benefited collaboration with a team of hard-working, passionate individuals.

    Cons

    No career pathways, though these have been promised. Limited opportunity for promotion. Unfortunately, a recent senior hire in marketing has broken what was an effective machine that simply needed some investment, resulting in a majority of the global team leaving the business over the space of two months. A significant restructure, deployed with a flawed and chaotic approach, has brought the demise of a department that has worked tirelessly to improve processes and help the company continue to meet financial goals. Outmoded thinking and lack of direction destabilised the team creating an environment of confusion and mistrust in senior management. Frustratingly, a restructure that was supposed to offer opportunities for promotion (almost all talented staff who applied for new roles were overlooked) has been followed by significant budget spent outsourcing marketing efforts. This further demonstrates the lack of investment in the team and the misguided judgement of new senior management in marketing.

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  3. Helpful (16)

    "A good company, going bad"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argus Media full-time

    Pros

    For the majority of the time, Argus provided an excellent work/life balance, good career opportunities and strong support from immediate line managers to coach and develop talent. This was an excellent environment to show initiative, learn new skills, be given the opportunity to put them into practice and be recognised for it. Line managers also actively encouraged and valued new ideas and opinions, creating a working environment that was collaborative, productive and satisfying on both a professional and personal level.

    Cons

    A disappointing senior hire quickly demoralised and destroyed a successful department within a few short months. Established talent that had previously been invested in by the company left very quickly, leaving a significant skills, knowledge and capacity deficit. A toxic working environment ensued where people were no longer valued and opinions no longer welcomed. Weak leadership combined with severe staff shortages resulted in unmanageable workloads and extreme pressure on a few individuals to cover for the shortcomings of senior management.

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    Argus Media Response

    December 10, 2018Global Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for your comments. To ensure that the company continues to grow and operates as a truly global business, we needed to complete a reorganisation of our marketing team. This is the right decision for the company. However, we acknowledge that reorganisations bring a number of challenges and are rarely a smooth process; we regret that some of our colleagues have decided not to continue with their career journeys at Argus. We are actively working to establish a strong and collaborative team of marketing specialists who can take forward our vision for the function and deliver exceptional results. We are committed to our investment in that team and to maintaining the Argus culture.

  4. Helpful (7)

    "Comfortable, poor management"

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

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is very good as are the pay and benefits generally. Some lovely people and a nice working environment, more opportunities recently.

    Cons

    There's a serious lack of transparency and clarity over promotions and pay rises. There's isn't a clear enough sense of expectations and goals and promotions are based on who you know / who is your manager. There's some serious holes in senior management and they don't engage enough with their employees. At the very top there's an old boys club that seems very difficult for anyone who isn't old, male and white to break into. It's demotivating to have no real sense of what you can achieve and how and to feel that no matter how well you do there is a limit on your progress just 'because' and so people leave to go elsewhere - loads of talented people have left in the last year for this reason.

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  5. 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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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Weak Management"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argus Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you're looking for some experience in the industry before moving on to a better company then this could work out very well. Don't stay longer than a year.

    Cons

    The work is very boring and repetitive. The senior management are very weak and appear to encourage infighting within the company. The management are also incapable of resolving any issues within the company to the frustration of the staff that work there. There is a HR department but I wouldn't recommend going down that road as the management do seem to hold grudges against staff members who have annoyed them.

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  7. Helpful (11)

    "Avoid this place"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great potential but cotton mill business culture"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Argus Media

    Pros

    Great for learning about energy markets (coal, power, gas, oil, crude, and etc). Decent starting salary Freedom to write about a number of topics of choice Freedom to wine and dine clients Freedom to attend industry events and conferences

    Cons

    Few people are promoted at Argus, it happens when management are concerned with retaining staff. Some teams are very short staffed and management fails to replace employees and give no praise for doing additional work. The initial salary at Argus is good, but the large majority will get below inflation rises in the future. Some members of senior management are very politically incorrect.

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