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Financial Times Reviews

Updated 5 December 2018
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Pros
  • "The company believes in work-life balance" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Lots of great people who are passionate about what they do" (in 14 reviews)

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

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

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  1. "Great employer"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "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


  5. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Great staff and benefits for all

    Cons

    nothing that springs to mind


  6. "Honoured to work for in my opinion one of the best newspapers in the world"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global brand, diverse workforce. Not a boiler room environment (commercial)

    Cons

    Pay is usually the negative in the FT...You earn prestige here and a name on your CV that can catapult your career forward. Silo culture, workers hardly associate/mingle with other departments. Most editorial people have no clue what goes on in B2B for instance. Lots of credit is given to editorial but who expanded the FT is the commercial teams.


  7. "FT"

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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

    Great Pension, Great Atmosphere, Great Offices

    Cons

    Slow to promote in certain sectors, too much politics

  8. "How to Spend It"

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    Former Employee - Journalist in London, England
    Former Employee - Journalist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestigious company, good benefits package

    Cons

    No career progression, I was promised a long term contract and then let go Problems with the management - the editor was under investigation for bullying

    Advice to Management

    A very dysfunctional office - unhappy team, the editor does not value her staff and sees people as disposable


  9. "Good for most"

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

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relatively good benefits, opportunities to move sideways/secondments/carve out niche

    Cons

    Pay opacity. Pay levels - particularly for mid-career women. Poor team managers in some corners

    Advice to Management

    Allow team managers to play a role in individuals' pay negotiations - they know what their underlings are capable of and have a good idea of how much they're worth.


  10. "Respected company in need of employee development programme"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, nice colleagues. You are treated like an adult, which means that you are trusted to manage your own work and time.

    Cons

    Low salary compared with similar publications. Career progression is very slow, if you do not have direct access to the decision makers.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a better plan to retain talented staff and improve career development. Line managers also need training to manage their teams better.