Newsquest Employee Reviews about "newsroom"

Updated 22 Nov 2017

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75 Ratings
Pros
  • "You get the privilege of working for a newspaper in 2019(in 8 reviews)

  • "Busy, interesting newsroom environment(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack of vision or understanding of media, no training, no handover, poor organisation(in 8 reviews)

  • "An fantastic example of why local newspapers are no more(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "A valuable insight into the workings of a daily, local newspaper."

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Trainee in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Newsquest for less than a year

    Pros

    The quality of journalists working at the newspaper is exceptional. The newsroom is a friendly and pleasant environment to work in.

    Cons

    As it is a daily newspaper, there is intense pressure to provide interesting news stories for the local area.

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  2. "Enjoyment of jobs ruined by lack of company's respect for dedicated and talented staff"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Newsquest full-time

    Pros

    Working in the newsroom with committed and fun people makes going into work a great experience. Most people get on in the busy environment and despite tough deadlines they manage to pull together to get everything done. The work is enjoyable and the fast pace helps you think on your feet. The newsroom managers are good to work for making you want to do your best in your job.

    Cons

    Bad pay and excuses for lack of pay increases. The constant threats of redundancy make you continually fear for your job. Eventually people are laid off and that seems to be an ongoing thing with Newsquest. The upper management don't care about or know what their employees do, so you could do the best job in the world and nobody would care.

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    "Fun job - shame about the topmost leadership"

    3.0
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    Reporter 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Newsquest

    Pros

    Fantastic people at peer and supervisor level. Busy, interesting newsroom environment. Newsquest own some great titles with great community traditions and the people really supported its newspaper - even as they began to be shortchanged. Fantastic stories to be a part of as the company never lowered standards on what they considered newsworthy. Probably the best boss, co-workers and fun I've ever had.

    Cons

    Depressing amount of bullying going on between top and middle management which inevitably trickled down. Woeful underpayment of staff was a factor you knew about going in, but when hours were also increased (to avoid replacing the many fine people who had left) this was accompanied by a lot of bullying and threats to job security. Lots of trainees brought in to replace lost seniors. All had wonderful potential but there was not enough experience in the office for them all to draw on! One wonderful newbie was sacked simply because he couldn't be properly trained. We were told overnight to donate an extra two hours to the (already long) working day regardless of actual newsflow. One area manager also informed us (rather unimaginitively) that the only way to balance the books was either to cut staff costs or print costs, making his only possible goals a poor product or a pissed off workforce. He did at least manage to achieve both.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Being driven into the ground by poor management"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Online Content Editor in Sutton, London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Newsquest full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, right next to the train station, fast paced newsroom atmosphere was interesting to work in, rarely boring, paid the bills (just).

    Cons

    High staff turnover, lack of training, poor wages, massively overworked editorial team, regular redundancies, too much control by national team. Cutbacks to staff and pagination have reduced the quality of the newspapers. Editorial staff feel unappreciated.

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  5. "Slave drivers"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Journalist in Bolton, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Newsquest full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great learning environment, fast-paced and exciting newsroom with deadlines to meet. Lots of brilliant and talented journalists at Newsquest.

    Cons

    Awful pay, no training, no future, staff miserable because they are all overworked and underpaid.

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