Financial Times Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 7 Dec 2020

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Financial Times CEO John Ridding
John Ridding
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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. "Very inclusive and friendly place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Insight Executive 

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Makes everyone feel welcome, good work-life balance, forward-thinking, lovely office

    Cons

    Not many cons, it can sometimes feel quite corporate would be the only one

  2. COVID-19

    "Good employer through the pandemic"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    values, job security, work/life balance

    Cons

    career development, remuneration, lack of collaboration


  3. "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

  4. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Lovely place to work but technically unfulfilling"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Focus on work-life balance and commitment to flexible working - Strong focus on non-engineering skills means teams are friendly and supportive - 30 days holiday - Technical teams are usually allowed to solve problems as they see fit (this may also be a con!) - Efforts to make the diversity of the company reflect the city seem genuine. - I think that the company has handled COVID-19 well

    Cons

    - Multiple competing sections of the business ensure a continuous but confusing flow of new work that feels directionless. - Disingenuous success rate of new initiatives so the tech estate just keeps growing with few chances to prune it. - Discrepancy between job titles and pay because very junior engineers tend to be fast-tracked (with mixed results)

  5. "Good company for engineering who want to experiment with new technologies"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Provides freedom to all of the engineers in the company - The work/life balance is pretty good

    Cons

    - The quality of the software engineers is from average to below average - The compensation package is average for the market

  6. "Financial Times"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Business Development Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Financial Times

    Pros

    team culture ,Pay , work life balance good social life

    Cons

    not enough diversity management don't interact with staff

  7. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues The ethos is all about the employee Great extra curricular activities Good work life balance

    Cons

    Occasional lack of communication between managers and staff

  8. "Good place to work but........"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Financial Times full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance/Fair pay and bens

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, A LOT of work to do for the BAME community

    Financial Times Response

    April 24, 2020Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am glad you found the FT a good place to work. Last year we invested in a dedicated Head of Diversity and Inclusion and D&I team. We want to ensure we are creating an environment at the FT where BAME individuals feel they can bring their authentic selves to work and that they feel visible, valued and have equal opportunities to progress and develop. We have implemented a number of initiatives particularly focusing on the BAME demographic helped by the support of our employee-led network FT Embrace. These initiatives include improving the data we collect around employee ethnicity, partnering with third party organisations, implementing compulsory Inclusive Manager Training sessions, unconscious bias training, and ensuring diverse shortlisting when hiring. We are also working towards being one of the first UK publications to publish our Ethnicity Pay Gap. There is no finish line, and we appreciate that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace means remaining continually focused on our goals. Thank you for your feedback.

  9. "Excellent work/life balance"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance Very good benefits Very interesting projects and brands to work with Solid co.

    Cons

    Too many middle managers Takes long to progress

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good people, amazing brand"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The brand is well respected. Work life balance is great. They support their employees with great internal networks

    Cons

    Still lags behind and comes across as super innovative but aren't. Pays way below the market and justifies it because they're the FT. Can be an old boys club and people get rewarded for who they know

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