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Updated Nov 28, 2019

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2.9
49%
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68%
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The Telegraph CEO Nick Hugh
Nick Hugh
43 Ratings
Pros
  • "On site gym (not for contractors)(in 13 reviews)

  • "Good benefits - BUPA, buy additional holiday, 6 months parental leave (inc(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Subscriptions"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Telegraph full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance

    Cons

    The work can be quite hard

    The Telegraph2019-10-19
  2. "Very good management, great company"

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    Former Employee - Director of Mobile in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Telegraph full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The leadership team is driving changes and a lot of improvements. Great peers, interesting technology

    Cons

    Vertical is hard because money is not coming anymore from advertising

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    The Telegraph2019-11-28
  3. Helpful (1)

    "An exciting place to work going through a challenging and tough time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Telegraph full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - An incredible company to work for. You feel part of something far bigger, we are at centre of the world working in one of the most important quality newsbrand in the UK and the world - Amazing office culture, flexible working, work life balance and attention to employees' wellbeing

    Cons

    - The company has been through a very tough year of restructure and as an employee you can feel the general demotivation and the negative change in the office environment - Opportunities for learning, training and development, and career progression have decreased and employees can feel a bit stuck in their role with little opportunity of progression, learning opportunities etc.

    The Telegraph2019-10-25
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Shockingly old-fashioned with weak leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Telegraph full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location - next door to Victoria Station

    Cons

    The business is so set in its ways with a management clique not open to change. There is a palpable fear of telling it how it is across most departments due to fear of reprisals. The business pays lip service to a weak CEO who is clearly out of his depth. During almost 2 years with the business I was in a selection of meetings with the CEO and rarely would you find someone so devoid of vision, charisma, business... acumen and overall leadership skills in such a senior role. Unless changes are made at the top the business is only going one way.

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    Advice to Management

    Quit the self-important preening and get a grip of the business. Plastering ‘Company Values’ posters around the building is a meaningless exercise if nobody makes any effort to live them. Take them down and stop the charade.

    The Telegraph2019-09-18
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging and inspiring."

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

    I have been working at The Telegraph full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the company is aligned behind a new vision and clear subs strategy which has been well articulated by the CEO. Old legacy thinking and behaviour is being phased out to make way for genuine business transformation. The CEO is smart and a strong leader. He has embedded enormous change during his first two years. The few Yahoo-ers he brought with him are good people and I don't find them too cliquey (I... am not from Yahoo). CSO and COO are clever and seem to have integrity, and the CRO is a good person balancing a tough gig better than 99% of his peers could. Most people here are good to work with and great colleagues. Award winning journalism - investment is going into new journalist headcount to develop editorial campaigns like Women Mean Business and fund more investigative journalism eg the British #MeToo scandal. If you like a challenge and being part of change it's a good place. Reinventing the news model is difficult, sometimes painful, often thankless, but also highly rewarding. It's something important that many of us wholeheartedly buy in to, and it needs people who believe in the vision, don't mind rolling up their sleeves to make it happen, and who are resilient in times of change. Liberal culture in most teams, genuine flexible working, trust, outcome driven rather than presenteeism, equal parental leave. Admittedly terrible gender pay gap inherited from previous CEO, but it's being ambitiously addressed. Strong team spirit amongst those who embrace the subs vision and new culture (a nice mix of new and old people)

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    Cons

    The change is still underway. The old culture pops up sometimes thwarting the new culture, and that can be confusing. It's hard work & there is an imbalance of workload and resource. Not every team is properly structured yet. A few very senior people working in pivotal positions in the business can make things political or tribal and aren't necessarily doing the best job. It is almost impossible to... explicitly call that behaviour out but people are making guarded references to it in other reviews if you read them properly.. Recent restructures were painful, and some excellent people have left as a result which is a pity. This is the only reason stopping me enthusiastically recommending it as brilliant place to work. Lack of progression opportunities for middle and senior management. Recognition and praise can be sparse. Narrow political agenda is potentially throttling a broader pragmatic subscribers opportunity.

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    Advice to Management

    Staff crucial teams properly. Build up the teams who are going to accelerate change, instead of under resourcing them and burning them out. Let new structures and strategies bed in before you restructure. Watch out for territoriality and boys clubs, they are hiding in plain sight in more than one part of the company and undo the amazing cultural change that is happening elsewhere. Remember to give credit... for good work at every level and try to make it fun along the way.

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    The Telegraph2019-07-26
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Strategic and creative branded content management, responding to client pitches and agency briefs in the Travel sector"

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    Current Employee - Content Strategist in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Telegraph full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A great commercial support team

    Cons

    on boarding and wider business issues

    The Telegraph2019-08-01
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overrated place of work"

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

    I worked at The Telegraph full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Free coffee -Flexible working if you're line manager agrees

    Cons

    -Management demonstrate copious amounts of favouritism, hard-workers are not rewarded - it's about how you play the game. -Racism is prevalent daily, some may see at as banter - no matter how shameful. - if you're a supporter any party other than conservatives you will be discriminated against. -If you challenge members of staff you get told off, it is better to be a "yes" man/woman -Contractors are treated... horribly, I feel sorry for them. -Mice and rats on all floors of the building. -A lot of work is outsourced to eastern europe resulting in a downgrade in communication and quality of work. -Staff that are too "comfortable" need to be let-go, dragging the new generation down with the revenue. -CMS constantly crashing due to lack of capability to deal with more than 3 users at once. -No progression. -Air con breaks often. -Too many two-faced people working as individuals.

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    Advice to Management

    Management needs an overhaul.

    The Telegraph2019-08-31
  8. "Great company, way ahead of the competition"

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

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

    Pros

    Very forward thinking Dynamic organisation Passionate and loyal reader base Excellent progress on subs-first strategy Great commercial team rapidly evolving despite disruption from tech companies

    Cons

    Not a straightforward time for newspapers in general but Telegraph doing very well and better than most others

    Advice to Management

    Keep going and believe in the future

    The Telegraph2019-07-22
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Generally a great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    great people, introduced flexible working hours. Really close team

    Cons

    Multiple re-structures, not allowing new structures to bed in to see if they are successful. Different teams have different expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put in place to many 'rules' when the going gets tough as this can put off your staff and reduce moral

    The Telegraph2019-07-16
  10. "A good company"

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

    I have been working at The Telegraph full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working and excellent benefits

    Cons

    There are times when workload can increase substantially

    The Telegraph2019-07-19
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