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Guardian News & Media Reviews

Updated 11 Nov 2019

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3.7
63%
Recommend to a Friend
78%
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Guardian News & Media CEO David Pemsel (no image)
David Pemsel
26 Ratings
Pros
  • "An excellent work culture, with great people and challenging work(in 12 reviews)

  • "Decent work / life balance with flexible working hours(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management micro-manage and are comfortable making decisions without data to back them up(in 9 reviews)

  • "needs more diversity and more opportunities for career progression(in 4 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Provide insight to commercial team"

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

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment and flexible working conditions

    Cons

    Not great direction or leadership

    Advice to Management

    Be more focused on progress and don’t try and be everyone’s mate all the time

    Guardian News & Media2019-09-17
  2. "Guardian News & Media"

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    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Apart from the managers the people that work there are great.

    Cons

    Lazy Managers and constant cost cutting

    Advice to Management

    Give training to Managers that have been there for years and just drift along doing no work.

    Guardian News & Media2019-11-11
  3. "Better than the rest"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A company that lives its liberal values. Good on equal opportunities, sustainability, workers' rights. Rewards hard work.

    Cons

    Arm's length management (usually by occasional emails rather than face-to-face contact). Poor rates for freelancers.

    Guardian News & Media2019-10-27
  4. "Nowhere else like it. A privilege to be a small part of it."

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    Former Employee - Investment Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Surrounded by talent, producing a quality product. Attracts likeminded folk who believe in what the Guardian does, and its importance.

    Cons

    Very few, it's a young commercial team so salaries were never brilliant, however the experience and opportunity was invaluable.

    Guardian News & Media2019-10-21
  5. "No better place to work"

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    Current Employee - Production Editor in Kings Cross, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Like minded people, good work-life balance/culture

    Cons

    None that spring to mind

    Guardian News & Media2019-08-21
  6. "Amazing business"

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    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fast moving, young and fun

    Cons

    top down management and few people do the hard yards

    Guardian News & Media2019-08-08
  7. "Great company with a great work life balance"

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

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing group of clever people, everyone is mission driven, very focussed on personal development

    Cons

    Wage is slightly below market rate, not as much resource to spend on dev ex as other companies

    Guardian News & Media2019-08-08
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Poor performers and micro-management galore"

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     in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong company values. The CEO and Editor in Chief do a good job of sharing information at key points. Nice office space. Get to work with modern technology. Some truly talented and passionate people.

    Cons

    Many people are poor performers but it’s never challenged. There are a number of strong individuals who just end up taking the strain, but this isn’t sustainable and is resulting in good people leaving. Nothing is written down making it impossible to ramp up new starters and keep track of progress. Senior management micro-manage and are comfortable making decisions without data to back them up.

    Advice to Management

    Really assess the structures of your teams and weed out the poor performers (that includes ExCo).

    Guardian News & Media2019-06-19
  9. "Values mean a lot"

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    Current Employee - Please Select in London, England
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    Clear purpose and values for everyone working here. Great, talented colleagues and a close relationship to the journalism. Great location also and international opportunities,

    Cons

    Sometimes departments can work in silos and you find overlap of work. Not a clear progression framework for the majority of the organisation (except in Digital). Strategies are often decided higher up with little opportunity for input.

    Advice to Management

    Use the talent in the building and don't take for granted the loyalty of your employees. Champion star people and don't funnel everyone through the same progression (i.e. not everyone should manage people)

    Guardian News & Media2019-05-09
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Flexible working , but not challenging . Old company who think more than act."

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pension scheme 9 to 5 days + flexible

    Cons

    No promotion - salary or position Not challenging Very slow Management completely disconnected

    Advice to Management

    Be more connected

    Guardian News & Media2019-05-16
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