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Financial Times Reviews

Updated 17 April 2019
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Pros
  • "The company believes in work-life balance" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Flexible working, forward looking, great people" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Career progression is very slow, if you do not have direct access to the decision makers" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Middle management hanging on for retirement who will do anything to not lose their easy life" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great employer"

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    Former Employee - Director, FT Labs in London, England
    Former Employee - Director, FT Labs in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sensitive, well trained managers. Clear objectives. Great technology. Good training programmes

    Cons

    Some long-serving staff are ineffective. Working environment is dated.


  2. "Avoid it at all cost"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    A prestigious brand, with many years of history. Centrist and highly intellectual publication

    Cons

    A bad company behind the brand, operated by useless managers, bullies bullying everyone else. People holding for retirement reluctant to share information with newbies hence why the salary for the new hires is so high. I just feel sorry for them.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old dogs, hire brand new teams with great managers coming from great companies, open your mind, stop defending the old empire and the new brexit, we live in a global world.

  3. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working, forward looking, great people

    Cons

    Can take too long for decisions to be made


  4. Helpful (2)

    "An Established Brand with no reason to change."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Some great people.
    A super location on the Thames.
    Working for a brand that impresses people.
    (Depending on job role) an exciting environment.

    Cons

    Politics.
    Middle management hanging on for retirement who will do anything to not lose their easy life.
    A company that is so resistant to doing anything but defending the kingdom, that the conveyor belt of young talent eagerly coming in generally leave demoralised and amazed the brand image is so different to the actual company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow the "Cri de Coeur" to be maintaining the Status Quo.


  5. "Smart people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    High calibre of colleagues, collegiate

    Cons

    Issues around resourcing common to news media sector


  6. "Better than the alternatives"

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    Current Employee - Editorial in London, England
    Current Employee - Editorial in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Reasonable benefits package even though no longer part of big PLC

    Cons

    Sometimes haphazard management. Salaries not best in class


  7. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and new technology

    Cons

    nothing worth mentioning tbh from dev point of view

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing from a people point of view, great from a learning point of view"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Southwark, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Southwark, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, the bonus is ok. I personally formed great friendships with my colleagues. Very chill environment providing you avoid the politics. I still would recommend this place but keep your time there short.

    Cons

    Despite strong efforts around the business, the culture is rooted in celebrating bullies and rewarding men even if their behavior is offensive. Boys club culture is ignored by senior management when reported. If your colleague makes tasteless sexist or racially aggravated comments most chances are that he will get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Find boldness. Stop pretending that there is not a serious problem with supporting the welfare of employees and start embracing diversity for genuine purposes instead of for marketing and PR.


  9. "Great 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

    Very friendly, professional atmosphere. Great brand.

    Cons

    Canteen food is hit and miss

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  10. "Would always recommend!"

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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

    Amazing culture and great people

    Cons

    Communication can sometimes be a bit slow