Guardian News & Media Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2021

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3.6
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32 Ratings
Pros
  • "Wonderful collegues, better work/life balance(in 13 reviews)

  • "A mission-driven organization with impact journalism(in 13 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Senior management lack leadership skills and backbone to handle situations(in 10 reviews)

  • "Rounds of redundancies makes for an anxious day to day(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Team Manager

      Jul 4, 2021 - Team Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Just a great company full stop

      Cons

      Never the industry's highest payers

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Low paid but flexible hours

      Jul 22, 2021 - Delivery Boy in Newcastle, England, England
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      Pros

      Flexible hours to complete work by a certain time

      Cons

      very low paid role with no benefits

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Amazing people who are undervalued by the business

      Dec 9, 2020 - Account Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Amazing colleagues who are bright, interesting and ambitious. The business offers brilliant training opportunities, it's great place to start in an entry level role. The Guardian is well respected, it stands out on your CV. You can be proud to work here - Guardian journalism genuinely has an impact that makes the world a better place. Kings Cross office - great spot for commuting and cool area in general. Company benefits are pretty good.

      Cons

      The salary isn't up to par, they rely on the staff wanting to work there out of pride and the fact that it is a nice place to work - this can make you feel undervalued and constantly thinking of what you could get elsewhere. The 'restructure' that occurred under new management during the pandemic was an absolute mess, people were at risk of redundancy for 6 months knowing they would have to re-apply for the job they already do. This left staff feeling even more undervalued meaning that many of them chose not to re-apply, so now the business is hiring externally - a symptom of a poorly managed re-structure.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Nice to have purpose

      Jun 21, 2021 - Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Great company purpose and friendly culture where everyone can have a say!

      Cons

      Can be tricky to push anything through. Lots of cooks.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Serious place to work

      Jun 22, 2021 - Production Editor in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Dedicated and motivated staff generally

      Cons

      Slightly severe and impersonal atmosphere in editorial

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Good company

      May 17, 2021 - Sales Associate in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Very good hours good atmosphere

      Cons

      Take extra workloads sometimes. Management is approachable

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great if you want to be a journalist

      May 16, 2021 - Audience Editor in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Stimulating work environment, intelligent and interesting colleagues. Best place to work if you want a career in journalism.

      Cons

      Career progression can be difficult. There is a general lack of management in editorial.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Apr 7, 2021 - Software Developer in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Amazing team who foster mutual growth and learning. Working on many interesting projects.

      Cons

      Salaries are lower than the big tech companies.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A mature, welcoming digital department with lots to offer

      Nov 10, 2020 - Senior Software Engineer in London, England, England
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      Pros

      There is a strong culture of mentoring, teaching, and sharing knowledge throughout the department. There is plenty of opportunity to work across the whole stack, frontend, backend, dev-ops, data engineering and teams are largely cross functional where there is resource for it. Hours are flexible - you will generally be left to manage your own time and won't be micromanaged on this front. Depending on the product, there is the opportunity to work closely with other functions within the business such as journalism and marketing.

      Cons

      Because the tech stack is so established, there isn't so much of a need to get your hands dirty with dev ops / deployments. This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you are after. The process for prioritising work wasn't that smooth - OKRs and planning often overran and weren't totally embedded in the teams that were doing the work.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      The people are amazing

      Jan 19, 2021 - Account Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      It's so true I'll say is twice. The people are amazing. Very good work/life balance Managers are very understanding when it comes to personal problems

      Cons

      Bonus structure was always very complicated and difficult to achieve at times due to the many layers it was made up of (some of those things being out of your control) Due to the fact it is a huge nearly 200 year old organisation it can be very stuck in it's ways when it comes to processes and implementing new ideas Personal progress was always very slow and promotions were hard to come by

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