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Updated 17 August 2018
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Pros
  • "Decent work / life balance with flexible working hours" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Lots of great people to work with and learn from" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "transparency from senior management" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Feedback is generally poor and there is a lack of leadership from a few senior editors" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great employer"

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

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Long term approach to editorially driven journalism. Never worked in a news room with so many experienced and talented people. A positive working environment.

    Cons

    It can be bureaucratic and frustrating. If you want a start-up media environment, given all the experienced people arond this is not necessarily for you.


  2. "Great people, good product, poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with one of the highest calibre development teams you'll find in the UK.

    Building products that will be used by hundreds of millions of people every day.

    A fantastic name to have on your CV. It is instant contractor cred.

    Good benefits and an understanding attitude to illness, disability or bereavement.

    Cons

    Work is managed poorly and requirements gathering is a mess.

    Wants to be Agile / Kannan, but is really just waterfall-without-deadlines.

    Most of the work is very dull; interesting stuff goes to specialist new hires.

    Promotion and team changes are glacial.

    Advice to Management

    Find product managers who can give you concrete results, not just glib soundbites.

    Invest in developer onboarding.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great intentions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to be around some of the best in their fields, in journalism and technology.

    Cons

    It's incredibly political - you might say vicious. It's part of the culture. It seems somewhat incongruous given the political values of the organisation, but the internal behaviours can be powerfully negative. I wouldn't join the tech team there now - the leadership that believed in modern practices have left.


  4. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Left due to relocation only.


  5. "A good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kings Cross, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kings Cross, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Treated like an adult, not a child.

    Cons

    Some people over-promoted, others under-promoted.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Despite brilliant people, rot now set in due to incompetency at the top"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A truly important mission and cause to work towards, particularly in an age of media mistrust and increasing "fact creation". Digital team: packed with some of the most talented, self-starting and committed people I've worked with. One of the few top-notch digital teams in the country that isn't just working to line the pockets of a tech billionaire or soulless Venture Capital/PE firms. Editorial team: second to none, although there's quite a lot of (perhaps necessary?) fat. Commercial team: well, there's a lot of them, and there are a couple of diamonds struggling to shine through the management muddle.

    Cons

    Top 3-4 layers of management (which is 2-3 too many) are simply a calibre lower than the workforce they manage, starting at the top with the CEO a marketing man clearly a long way out of his depth and a editor-in-chief who is struggling to find the mojo she wielded in her previous roles.

    C-suite are inexperienced and tend to do and say little to avoid giving away the fact that they don't really have a Scooby Doo, which has caused a breakdown in trust all down the line. This has now led to virtually all of the mid-level talent on the operational side (the strategic thinkers, the senior engineers, the more brilliant salespeople etc.) leaving first in a trickle then in a rush, with management covering their tracks with the old tropes of "fast-moving modern workforce" etc. It's sadly now become a debacle - the only senior talent left behind tend to have some other factor tying them in.

    Very sad to have witnessed, and I can only hope things can be turned around. Hard to see as the various boards in place are not really able to hold the leadership to account in any meaningful way - the downside of the trust-owned model (there's some magnificent upsides), and the urgency doesn't seem to really be there with £1billion in the bank.

    Advice to Management

    Admit your inexperience and your mistakes - it won't be as bad as you think and in the long-term will make things better. Clear the decks of "yes-people" rather than stocking up (expensively) on new people who are not being vetted in a way that will lead to strong workforce performance. Do what you can to keep the clear thinkers and the squeaky wheels - yes they can be a challenge, but that's generally because they are better at what they do than you are, and that's not a bad thing!


  7. "Great place to work, good product, let down by strategy"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great newspaper and online product which you can really become a part of.
    Excellent office and working spaces and location in Kings Cross is good.
    Yearly salary review and bonus (altho not paid out recently).
    Private medical insurance.
    Good IT equipment and flexible working opportunities.
    Yearly paid work for a charity days

    Cons

    At the time, the company was going through transition from old editor to new editor as well as massive digital disruption, which meant many of the old business models and revenue streams were becoming rapidly obsolete. When I left the company everything was in limbo, followed by a mass redundancy program a few weeks later.
    At the time there was really poor collaboration between the three "pillars" - commercial, editorial and digital development.

    Advice to Management

    Identify a clear business strategy and set everyones objectives to drive that to encourage collaboration and efficiency.

  8. "Great Place to Work, Senior Mangement tho"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really fantastic work culture, you feel really empowered to make decisions as an engineer.
    Lots of creative freedom
    Great people to work with, everyone is so friendly!

    Cons

    Decisions made by senior management are terrible and have resulted in is losing a lot of good people. They don't seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe don't keep telling your engineers they could be paid more else where and we're here because we believe in the mission and then claim that the reason


  9. Helpful (2)

    "awfully dumb people around"

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    Former Employee - Reporter in London, England
    Former Employee - Reporter in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -freedom and power in your hand
    -no control from the upper management

    Cons

    you have to work with really stupid, sensitive people pretending to be smart and intelligent.

         most of the people belong the exteme LEFT in political spectrum so no place for common sense if you disagree with the coworkers on any subject. One type of ideology creates a delusional environment which create sanctimonious people.


  10. "Subeditor"

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    Current Employee - Subeditor in Kings Cross, England
    Current Employee - Subeditor in Kings Cross, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best place I have worked in during a varied 20-year career. Paper with a leftwing outlook is an oasis in a UK rightwing media desert. Not too many backstabbers (a very few but other places have it much worse).

    Cons

    A few shonky promotions where people rise without trace, with no obvious talent.


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