Financial Times Employee Reviews about "career progression"

Updated 21 Oct 2020

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  • "career progression difficult, salaries could be improved(in 23 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. "Good place to work for"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Design in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Culture and values, work-life balance

    Cons

    Low salary and career progression

  2. "Bad for juniors"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Editorial Researcher in London, England

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Can build a good portfolio if willing to work a lot out of hours

    Cons

    Low pay, slow career progression and long hours


  3. "Great work/life balance"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times for less than a year

    Pros

    The socials, lovely canteen, not micromanaged

    Cons

    Inadequate pay, not much career progression

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sink or swim"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Journalist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    One of the best newspapers in the world. Is thriving editorially and commercially. Supportive and talented colleagues, great culture. Reporters given wide latitude. Stimulating work. OK pay.

    Cons

    Politics and career progression is very tricky to navigate. Decisions are taken slowly. Very flat, non-hierarchical management structure- you’re on your own. You have to work really hard just to find out where you stand. Can be reluctant to give honest feedback. People often shunted into undesirable vacant jobs if they are viewed as coasting or failing. Bit of a double-edged sword for young journalists - great to get a job here, but there can often be little support/training/feedback and people are sometimes left to sink or swim.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good people - poor pay / progression"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good environment and now real pressure

    Cons

    No career progression and ridiculously low pay

  6. Helpful (3)

    "How to Spend It"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Journalist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time for 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

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Respected company in need of employee development programme"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid How To Spend It under the current regime"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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    Financial Times Response

    April 5, 2018HR 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

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Some great people and opportunities but let down by bad Mid-Management & office politics"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    • Great location on the Thames with an on-site canteen and close to Borough Market • Some fantastic people, was able to make connections and friends outside of my own department • Progressing to be more inclusive and diverse as a company • FT gives you opportunities to upskill and learn (Lightening Talks/Industry talks) • Great use of technology for advancing projects • FT remains one of the finest news content with top rated journalism so was a privilege to work for a period of time

    Cons

    • Very bad mid-management and Line Manager bullied the team resulting in 4 members of the team leaving the business in an 8 month period (1 was pushed out unfairly), although complaints were made to the Senior Manager they held a personal relationship with the Line Manager and nothing was done following complaints • Line Manager would often change the goal posts on tasks and not communicate this and would then demand to know why they weren’t be achieved, if they were in a bad mood they would want the whole time to be in a bad mood (created a bad atmosphere) and would take credit for things team had done if it would shine a light upon them and advance them • Whilst they were opportunities to upskill or do things outside of your role that advanced the business, Line Manager would block or discourage the team to be involved • Line Manager enforced a strict 9-5 policy and would need to request in advance flexible hours on a certain day but wouldn’t follow this rule for themselves and would often not know the hours the we working on any given day, would also not turn up to 1:1’s with the team members and offer no explanation as to why • Lack of clear strategy for the business • Low pay and not many opportunities for career progression

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Systems Administrator in Southwark, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location. Easy to get to. Restaurant. Apparently once won an award for best place to work. Somehow.

    Cons

    Where to start? Negative, bullying atmosphere. Promotion of favourites rather than based on ability. Not focussed on solving problems or career progression, only on point scoring and back stabbing. Management stuck in the 1970s. Most staff in IT are just looking out for themselves while they try to find somewhere else to work. If they're not they're part of the problem. HR too busy fire fighting to do anything useful. Awful atmosphere. Avoid. So unbelievably broken as a company, it's surprising it soldiers on. Only because people continue to pay for the product. Once subscriber numbers drop it'll probably fold. Not before time.

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