Financial Times Reviews

Updated 11 May 2021

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Financial Times CEO John Ridding
John Ridding
154 Ratings
Pros
  • "Understanding of need for positive work life balance(in 45 reviews)

  • "Amazing culture and great people(in 19 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Inadequate pay, not much career progression(in 24 reviews)

  • "Senior management seem focused on money and self and don't seem to care for the staff (team dependant but not uncommon across many departments)(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great time - friendly and helpful colleagues

      1 May 2021 - Analyst 
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      Pros

      Room to grow as a person.

      Cons

      Busy - something to consider in terms of your personal preferences.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Overall a good place to work, but there is room for improvement

      15 Mar 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Most teams are highly collaborative and supportive of one another. The organisation has also introduced a lot of additional support during lockdown such as training sessions and the option to have additional equipment sent out to you. There's also been a definite improvement in D&I efforts and it feels like the organisation is heading in the right direction.

      Cons

      Systems and processes are still outdated and archaic. They feel like a barrier to performing your day to day role, which is disheartening when you do everything you can to get a project over the line only to be told it's not possible. There needs to be better cross-departmental communication and collaboration. Sometimes it feels like teams are working against each other. Decisions also need to involve those who will be affected by them. The workload for some teams is quite frankly unmanageable at the moment, so reducing headcount by introducing additional annual leave has had more of a detrimental effect than positive on some colleagues. Back office support needs a lot of investment in expanding capacity as they seem to be buckling under the strain of increasing headcount across the business.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great company, benefits and culture always seeing to improve

      24 Feb 2021 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
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      Pros

      The FT Is a great place to work for. The culture of collaboration and working as one team. An active effort is made to ensure everyone gets heard or has an opportunity to provide feedback on a regular basis. The benefits are great, and this year during the pandemic, every employee has been awarded 5 additional wellness days to assist with the struggles of lockdown life.

      Cons

      Generally speaking, there are not that any cons depending on the department and role that you have. Sometimes people overstay and quite challenging to call out on those that consistently fail to meet minimum core objectives/ requirements. Progression is available, however, it becomes a challenge when you get to a certain level and no one moves on or changes the role so the only option to progress is out, and hopefully with a salary increase to boot.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good Entry Level Job for Medium Term (>12-18 months)

      12 Apr 2021 - Research Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
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      Pros

      - Company Perks - healthcare, dental, FT Subscription etc. - Good work life balance - Nice staff / company culture - Good base salary (relative to similar research assistant positions in Belfast/Northern Ireland) - Good company reputation

      Cons

      - Very repetitive work (after 1 year, you'll be doing the same updates done in the previous year) - Lack or Little proof of progression plan (leads into above point) - Turnover for this role around 12-18 months which makes sense if people don't feel they have a great deal of progression opportunities or opportunities to do or try new things. - Little to no exposure to London offices or any other external offices outside Belfast.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      N/A

      26 Apr 2021 - Intern in London, England, England
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      Pros

      everyone so lovely and good career progression available

      Cons

      nothing bad to say for thr FT

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      24 Apr 2021 - Senior Graphic Designer in London, England, England
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      Pros

      - great work-life balance - good experience

      Cons

      - average pay /pay rise - more management involvement.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      I produce, direct, edit report and present videos for the FT.

      3 May 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The people are great, the work is varied and challenging and the workplace is flexible

      Cons

      The pay is not great.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great support from senior management

      10 Apr 2021 - University Mentor 
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      Pros

      Very flexible management, great opportunity to get involved with the FT at a young age

      Cons

      Could not fault the FT, they were very supportive throughout

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Wonderful place to work

      14 Apr 2021 - Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      Relaxed workplace, nice team environment, Flexible WFH policy

      Cons

      Not many cons with working at the FT

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Excellent workplace

      29 Mar 2021 - Communications Specialist in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Decent and generous employer and colleagues

      Cons

      Quite London centric in outlook

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