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Guardian News & Media Reviews

Updated 12 January 2018
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  • transparency from senior management (in 8 reviews)

  • Hugely political, un-collaborative, poor senior management, lack of leadership, no coherent vision or strategy for the future (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Flexible working hours, lots of training available.

    Cons

    Large company, lots of departments sometimes working in silos.


  2. "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.


  3. "IT SUPPORT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    needs more diversity and more opportunities for career progression

    Advice to Management

    more diversity


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  5. "Nice people, strategy confused"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    Digital team have some really smart, amazing people

    Cons

    Demoralised staff and some leaders are not up to job


  6. "Great work cultre"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    Great culture
    Brilliant people
    Ethical
    Lots of room to add value and do things beyond your role

    Cons

    Internal communication can be a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Seek out the unsung heroes in the organisation. Offer more opportunities for employees to move within departments and expand their skills sideways.


  7. "Media sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and great office

    Cons

    Low salary and low bonus compared to others


  8. "Digital development: lions led by turkeys"

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

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

    Pros

    There are some wonderfully talented and diligent people in the Guardian's digital development team. Product quality is impeccable and programmers care deeply about user experience and accessibility.

    As a front end developer, working here is a great addition to your CV: you'll contribute to large-scale projects in one of the most prestigious web development teams in Europe. You'll use cutting edge technologies and get to lead some serious R&D.

    Cons

    As a developer, I had two day-to-day problems:
    - No-one can give me product requirements
    - No-one can help me build it in this humongous tech estate

    Problem one was a symptom of poor communication and lacklustre management. Teams lacked direction and no-one really took ownership of work items. Project management was weak and work programmes frequently drifted months out of date. I never saw even one user story get completed on time, on spec, or on cost.

    Problem two was really one of support. Systems were large, ancient and undocumented, and - I'm afraid to say this - I found that several senior developers were quite aloof and unresponsive when I asked for help understanding their applications.

    My time at GNM was very frustrating, and I have advised quite a few people not to bother working there.

    Advice to Management

    Your project and product managers are not up to scratch. You need people who can take responsibility for work programmes and ensure requirements are collected effectively and on time. "Agile" is not a good enough excuse for teams discovering requirements half-way through development.

    Developers: try and build a better social environment for your peers, especially new starters. DigDev is far too cliquey. More than anything my time at GNM was lonely.


  9. "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


  10. "Digital department"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly talented colleagues, highly collaborative.

    Cons

    Requires a huge amount of patience and energy to coordinate stakeholders and team opinion

    Advice to Management

    Respect the unique development culture that that has built up in the Digital dept.


  11. "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.


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