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Guardian News & Media Employee Reviews about "career progression"

Updated Feb 25, 2020

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Pros
  • "An excellent work culture, with great people and challenging work(in 12 reviews)

  • "Like minded people, good work-life balance/culture(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management micro-manage and are comfortable making decisions without data to back them up(in 9 reviews)

  • "Career progression can be difficult and many people feel stymied, especially because many contracts are only 12 months at a time(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great but tricky to advance"

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    Current Contractor - Commissioning Editor 

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media

    Pros

    Great working culture and intellectual stimulation day-to-day

    Cons

    Career progression can be difficult and many people feel stymied, especially because many contracts are only 12 months at a time

    Guardian News & Media2020-02-25
  2. "IT SUPPORT"

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    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

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    Guardian News & Media2017-12-05
  3. "Organised software engineering"

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    Former Contractor - Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media

    Pros

    - Good career progression for people - Experimenting with technology - Good support to those struggling - Open source

    Cons

    - Office building in a polluted area - Electrostatic discharge in building due to carpeting - Office noisy, open space, plenty of distractions - Too many people leaving jobs - Tech cargo cult, though lets you experiment

    Guardian News & Media2017-06-02
  4. "A fantastic place to work!"

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    Developer Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media

    Pros

    * Opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best in the business * Developer teams given a lot of freedom and empowerment to make real changes. * Fantastic work culture, very relaxed and supportive. * Lots of opportunities for career progression. * Very generous pension scheme.

    Cons

    None personally, but if you want to make lots of money and dont' care about work/life balance I guess you would be better off contracting or working for a bank.

    Guardian News & Media2016-03-14
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Chaotic, dysfunctional, unprofitable and frustrating"

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

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    As a tech company, the Guardian passes a great many hygiene factors: - technology is modern - continuous integration and deployment - good tooling and decent developer hardware - a relaxed environment where engineers are trusted - the company has strong values and Doesn't Do Evil - staff are loyal and dedicated

    Cons

    Despite its perks, though, I cannot truly recommend the Guardian as an employer: - the work isn't very engaging, and the pace of work is slow - career progression is glacial. - working practices are chaotic and dispiriting. There's little organization, and it's common to work on a project for months on end only to have the whole thing cancelled at the last minute. Very little gets done. - there's no real collegiate atmosphere: teams don't really interact much and staff turnover is high, so it's not a very social environment. - the company is lumbered with dysfunctional management. The only thing The Guardian does quickly is spend money, and its reserves are beginning to run out. At the time of writing, GNM is laying off approximately 20% of its workforce, and the company as a whole faces real existential threats. It's not a healthy environment to join.

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    Guardian News & Media2016-03-29
  6. "A unique place to work"

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    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media

    Pros

    Innovative, forward-thinking, nice offices in a good location, generous benefits. Vast majority of people there are great to work with.

    Cons

    Huge lack of transparency around recruitment, leading to unfair and biased decisions. Feedback is generally poor and there is a lack of leadership from a few senior editors. There are too few ethnic minority staff in key roles, and the ones that do get recruited suffer from a lack of career progression.

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    Guardian News & Media2016-03-15
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Generally OK, but very complacent and rely on staff loyalty"

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

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues, generally good atmosphere. Considered by many outside to be a reputable company to work for.

    Cons

    Lack of career progression. Below average wages in Commercial departments. Internal interviews are not transparent but predecided. GNM overly relies on staff loyalty - in any other company lots of people would have left years before they do. HR department are uncooperative and ineffective. Company is split into two camps - Editorial, 98% of whom are NUJ members and Commercial, who are not unionised. Editorial are effectively Teflon and untouchable due to union power, as GNM loses huge sums they make all their cuts from Commercial departments. Had very bad management team between 2000-2011 but recent management were much better, although they too have recently departed..

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    Guardian News & Media2015-07-23

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