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Updated 12 July 2018
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Pros
  • "The company believes in work-life balance" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Lots of great people who are passionate about what they do" (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "and flat structure means less career progression" (in 14 reviews)

  • "too much red tape with middle management" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "V good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Decent management and good colleagues

    Cons

    It's not as well paid as working in other sectors (finance etc) but pretty good for a media company


  2. "Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance. You are treated like an adult so if you do your work well and on time then you get a lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    Limited career progression opportunities in some editorial positions. Pay is lower relative to some competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Try to engage longer serving staff with new opportunities or incentives in terms of career progression.

  3. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, respect work-life balance, nice people

    Cons

    Set in their ways, decision-making can be cumbersome process

    Advice to Management

    Devolve more decision-making to staff


  4. "Good benefits, good on CV"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in London, England
    Former Employee - Researcher in London, England

    I worked at Financial Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good on CV

    Cons

    Corporate greed - should lead the change towards a fairer distribution of pay

    Advice to Management

    Fairer distribution of pay. Fat cats don't need excessive salaries.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good opportunities, high level of responsibility

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Could think about career progression more formally


  6. "Outwardly brilliant, inwardly not"

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

    I worked at Financial Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Some very talented and passionate people
    Innovative and centred on the customer experience

    Cons

    Minimal movement between departments
    Lots of managers talk big with no action
    Too many management layers


  7. "Marketing Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Little to no progression if you aren't friendly with right people

    Advice to Management

    Career progression should be based on work output.

  8. "Interesting company"

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support Technician in London, England
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Technician in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Helps you grow and develope as a person, looks great on your cv,

    Cons

    The politics, back stabbing, favouritism amongst management and staff, bullying culture, and the old boys club regime, racial abuse

    Advice to Management

    Drink less and look after the well being of your staff

    Financial Times Response

    5 Apr 2018 – HR Advisor

    The FT takes allegations of bullying and harassment very seriously. We encourage you to contact us at hrsupport@ft.com to discuss your experiences and concerns so that we can address them. FT HR Team


  9. Helpful (2)

    "How to Spend It magazine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Good, well-respected company, great team

    Cons

    The editor. Overbearing, malicious and micro-managing, she is every employee's nightmare. She does not trust or value staff and she undermines them constantly. She is aggressive, unpleasant and has lost sight long ago of what makes a good magazine, resulting in HTSI being a joke within the industry. She has been in the same job for 21 years and the magazine has been allowed to become ever more dull and dated. I heard all of this from people within the industry before I started, and from FT employees once I had started but thought I would give it a try. I lasted 18 months (all my previous jobs had lasted at least 4 years). There is a negative, fearful culture - staff ill-health and high turnover rates are significant problems. Steer clear.

    Advice to Management

    STOP ignoring the employees who have repeatedly reported this behaviour to the HR department. Give the magazine a much needed re-brand and watch its success


  10. "Great Atmosphere and People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Pay the going rate and opportunities to progress, nice canteen, friendly place to work. bonusses and all the usual benefits. Sense of pride in the brand.

    Cons

    Work on Gmail, frustrating sometimes, every year seems to be harder to get resources you need, cost cutting leads to job losses. Large org with antiquated systems too complicated to make agile changes. Problems are easy to see but hard to rectify, but no different then other larger orgs.


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