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  1. "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
  2. "Anonymous"

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

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    It’s great to work in such a purposeful organisation. The team in Digital is really smart and passionate about their work. There are also lots of training available.

    Cons

    Command and control approach by senior management staff has led many talented managers to leave the organisation. It’s been really sad to see this happening.

    Advice to Management

    Review and adapt the management approach. It’s certainly not working for a lot of people. Address the gender pay gap.

    Guardian News & Media2019-05-04
  3. "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 2 years

    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
  4. "Video Producer"

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    Current Employee - Video Producer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Freedom to define personal goals

    Cons

    Lack of clear strategy and comms

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and inclusive

    Guardian News & Media2019-04-01
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Faux"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Relaxed culture and flexible working.

    Cons

    Certain ExCo members are on Government payroll.

    Guardian News & Media2019-01-18
  6. "Finance - Guardian news & media"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kings Cross, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Friendly team environment, supportive management.

    Cons

    Pros outweigh any cons, Not really any major cons that i would make people aware of.

    Guardian News & Media2018-11-15
  7. Helpful (3)

    "awful management!"

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    Former Employee - Credit Controller in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice really talented people it's a shame management does not allow everyone to shine only the favourites.

    Cons

    As a working mum this is one of the worse and most un-diverse companies I have ever worked for. I was actually bullied and harassed. Found the environment was very clique with no flexibility. I wanted to take my disabled son to his hospital appointments and I had no flexibility within my own annual leave whist other members of staff were allowed two-hour lunch breaks to do fitness classes! Management style very dictatorary...

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    Advice to Management

    Treat people equally and as humans

    Guardian News & Media2018-10-29
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, good product, poor leadership"

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

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 2 years

    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.

    Guardian News & Media2018-08-17
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great intentions"

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

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 2 years

    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.

    Guardian News & Media2018-04-27
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great employer"

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

      I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 4 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.

      Guardian News & Media2018-03-19
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