Economist Intelligence Unit Reviews

Updated 2 Jun 2020

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Economist Intelligence Unit Chief Economist and Editorial Director Robin Bew
Robin Bew
47 Ratings
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  • "There is pressure to grow but middle to senior management do not know how to do it, because they never did it before(in 9 reviews)

  • "the string of resignations) and the EIU is an awfully challenging place to work(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "A great career experience - take the chance to be a part of a great institution"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Economist Intelligence Unit full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great brand , great people , great future Intellectually stimulating , improving commercially and ready to make next leap forward

    Cons

    A business changing for the better always has stresses and strains , no different here However , these challenges are in name of progress

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  2. "Great short-term, no progression opportunities"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Editor/Economist in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Economist Intelligence Unit full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating, challenging work, nice colleagues

    Cons

    No real career progression. Nearly everyone at my level has since left - no one has been promoted in the five years since. Poorly paid compared with peers in other firms. Frustratingly hierarchical

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Brand over substance"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Economist Intelligence Unit full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable Interesting product Good brand for your cv

    Cons

    Slow paced Siloed teams Lacks integrity

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "Think twice. In fact, don’t think at all and simply avoid at all costs."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Economist Intelligence Unit full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone “ooh’s and ah’s” the minute you say you work for The Economist My grandparents finally understood where I work You receive a free weekly copy of The Economist Everyone you work with (outside of management) are genuinely wonderful, sharp and clued on. That is the main if not only “real” pro to working at the EIU.

    Cons

    The media business is in decline (as evidenced from the string of resignations) and the EIU is an awfully challenging place to work. The management are delusional and many of them have zero skin in the game to be telling others how to do their job. This is where good people go to die. Your soul is destroyed and you will walk out disillusioned. This is an outdated and mismanaged cowboy operation under the guise of an acclaimed brand. There is little to no structure or commercial acumen, with all the brown stuff only flying in one direction. This creates an awful level of staff morale and I wish I listened to the Glassdoor reviews before I accepted my offer. They were all very accurate and in fact, so much so that it drove me to take the time to write this review in the hope that I can help someone else out there! The silver lining: once you truly know “what bad looks like”— you learn to appreciate a good employer when it comes along (which thankfully it did)!

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    "Non-cohesive strategy and implementation reflecting poor management"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Economist Intelligence Unit full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong name recognition, good benefits,

    Cons

    Below market pay and insufficient staffing in non-sales roles resulting in very high turnover. This is not helped by uninspiring and sometimes divisive management practices.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great start"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Customer Service Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Economist Intelligence Unit full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    My colleagues are really easy to work with. The location is great. I feel comfortable at work. The contract benefits are great. I genuinely enjoy my job.

    Cons

    The AC does make the office very cold, i often were my outdoors jacket indoors. The prayer room is especially cold.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Analyst Position"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Economist Intelligence Unit full-time

    Pros

    Good place to get some experience Work with some excellent analyst Work at a globally respected brands

    Cons

    Poor career development Lack of strategic directions Poor senior management

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Manager"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Economist Intelligence Unit full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good brand and a lot of great people.

    Cons

    So many great people have left. The business is stuck in an outdated cycle relying on an outdated business model whilst the wider B2B publishing industry has been revolutionised over the past 20 years. Heavy reliance on the brand as a key selling point has stifled innovation. Too many senior staff have non commercial backgrounds and don’t seem to know what to do with the core business, so let it trundle on.

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "Not the place to start your career - Do resist the temptation to apply"

    1.0
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    Junior Hire 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Economist Intelligence Unit for more than a year

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment. Smart academic young people.

    Cons

    The strong Economist brand guaranteed for decades a stable revenues, but at the same time created no incentive for product innovation. As a result the management has been there forever and has very poor managerial skills (with few exceptions) compared to its competitor. Now the editorial business is declining, creating pressure on junior people, a preference for quantity over quality, no innovation. There is pressure to grow but middle to senior management do not know how to do it, because they never did it before. Virtually no career opportunities for editorial or economics work, noncompetitive pay.

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "A good company that has forgotten that its employees matter most"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Economist Intelligence Unit full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company provided a great springboard for my career, many wonderful colleagues, and an intellectually stimulating workplace.

    Cons

    The core management increasingly treated employees as entirely replaceable units of labour, relying solely on the brand to attract bright people, rather than competitive packages, career opportunities and more

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