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Financial Times Reviews

Updated 18 April 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. 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


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "Avoid How To Spend It under the current regime"

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

    I worked at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    The FT is a standout brand and institution. The staff benefits are good

    Cons

    How To Spend It Magazine appears to be run independently from the rest of the FT, with a tyrannical editor, unusually and disturbingly high staff turnover, an out of date approach to journalism, and little career progression. It runs under a culture of fear and bullying which should have no place in today’s society.

    Advice to Management

    Do the correct thing, listen to your staff, and refresh and restructure this brand

    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

  8. "Prestigious International Media Company"

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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

    Great company to work for. Canteen is good too.

    Cons

    Complicated hiring and promotion processes.


  9. "Antiquated culture and content at How To Spend It"

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

    Pros

    FT brand is fantastic, fair salary and perks, wider company culture is very positive

    Cons

    Horrible working conditions at How To Spend It, which have been allowed by management to persist for years. Staff have consistently raised their concerns with HR and then being bullied out of their jobs.

    The content itself is repellent, boring and totally out of sync with what the FT claims to stand for. Anyone with a genuine interest in journalism should avoid – the magazine is essentially solely advertorial (picture choices and entire features are often solely determined by FT advertisers). FT senior management need to consider whether the cash a publication like this brings in justifies the long-term damage being done to its brand.

    Working hours are long, with overtime expected. Workflow is so badly organised that tasks take double the time they should. Content often has to be reworked several times by the senior team or editor, who are so busy that this could mean a hold-up of a couple of days. The editor micromanages the magazine to an unsustainable degree.

    There is a culture of fear within the office, as the rules change constantly. Staff are shouted at and humiliated in the office on a day-to-day basis, and turnover is the highest I have ever experienced. The editor's frequent last-minute changes to issues and constant shouting create a frantic atmosphere, raising staff stress levels with subsequent long-lasting impacts on health and mental health.

    Advice to Management

    Rebrand and restructure the magazine. There is no place for it within the FT


  10. "How To Spend It- Toxic work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The FT is a good name to have on your CV.

    Cons

    The culture within How To Spend It is based on negotiating your way around the HTSI editor's mercurial personality. It's a very controlled work place, micro-managed by the editor, and has a different ethos from the rest of the FT. Sadly, How to Spend It has a high staff turnover because the work environment is so toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture at How To Spend It


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