Newsquest Employee Reviews about "no training"

Updated 7 Jan 2018

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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. "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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    "how not to run a company"

    1.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newsquest full-time

    Pros

    Staff who work there and clients

    Cons

    Lack of vision or understanding of media, no training, no handover, poor organisation

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    "Soul crushing"

    1.0
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    Trainee reporter in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newsquest for less than a year

    Pros

    The industry is so cut back that even trainee reporters get to interview top politicians/VIPs. "Journalist' sounds like a cool job to have (if only people knew the reality...)

    Cons

    Terrible pay - it works out as less than minimum wage with the amount of unpaid overtime. Ridiculous expectations from management. Constant threat of redundancy looming over your head. More and more responsibility every week. Little to no training. Toxic atmosphere in the office

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    "Horrendous"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Newsquest full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Local to home. Gave me the knowledge i needed to get a much better job

    Cons

    Horrendous management... managers going out at lunch and getting drunk with other members of staff... no training... put on a performance plan when not achieving and no help to improve... pushed out the door if your face doesnt fit. i was there 6 years and left feeling like i had no choice. pay was a joke.

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    "Awful"

    1.0
    Media Sales Consultant in Newport, Newport, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Newsquest

    Pros

    Colleagues were lovely, which is just about the only positive thing to be said about this company

    Cons

    The company treats its employees like naughty children. Poor salary, no training and depressing atmosphere.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Poor"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Reporter 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Newsquest full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Not stuck in a office all day.

    Cons

    Awful pay, no training, no future, staff miserable because overworked.

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    "Slow thinking, poor management structure, rewards mediocrity"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Editor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Newsquest full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice location near St Pauls Cathedral

    Cons

    Poor human resources and training, whereby mediocrities get promoted to middle management, without a clue about their specialist markets or about the business, and the pressure is on editors both to be editors and business managers. There's lots of talk of training budgets but in reality, most managers have no training, and there is no proper appraisal system. There's lots of talk about innovation and nimble thinking but this masks a complete lack of vision or understanding of the individual markets or a serious investment in the future. For example, support for online developments is minimal, with the guy who runs the online department also having to fix IT issues and plumbing, as well as changing lightbulbs. The talentless middle managers are kept in place as a buffer between senior management and editors, and are given support at the expense of the editors, as evidenced by recent redundancies.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "cost cutting and job cutting deteriorating seen over 2+ years"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheet
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newsquest full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Difficult one, as there are few pros as far as this company goes. - There still remain a few talented and hard-working employees, - Normal hours are regular and - You get paid.

    Cons

    Hmm, basically all stick and no carrot. - No benefits, save statutory, excluding senior management who get defined benefit pensions, - Continuous rounds of job-cutting "redundancies" with a 'get on and deal with it' attitude for the remaining staff, resulting in - Ever higher productivity demands and extreme workloads, whilst using - Outdated IT hardware and - Outdated IT software, - No training, that costs. - Redundancies, - Too many senior-type staff with exorbitant salaries and too few support staff with meagre salaries, - Continuous rounds of redundancies, frequently ill-thought out and without any support from HR, for the employee, that is. - HR work for the company and not employees. - You are not a valuable human doing great work to make the company great but you are merely an 'overhead cost' that can be outsourced and this is frequently presented to you as % in spreadsheets. Sometimes you may even be required to outsource your own work to "see how it goes". Short-sighted, backward, unfair, unrealistic, over-demanding, back-scratching, self-serving, untruthful and opaque culture.

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