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Financial Times Reviews

Updated 20 September 2018
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  • "Career progression is very slow, if you do not have direct access to the decision makers" (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "Excellent"

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

    I worked at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent forward looking atmosphere. Empowered teams. Clear goals.

    Cons

    It's time to move office (which I know is happening)


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "In need of reflection"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    * Smart colleagues
    * High-profile company
    * Great opportunities

    Cons

    * Lack of strategic direction for the business


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in London, England
    Current Employee - Reporter in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture great people lovely food

    Cons

    None at all this is a perfect workplace

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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