Thomson Reuters Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Wolf in sheep's clothing

    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Thomson Reuters

    Pros

    Very few! Except a nice office & good locations.

    Cons

    Lots!
    Constant state of flux, largely due to a lack of senior leadership - the top is a fairly rotten, old boys back-slapping club, prone to self-aggrandisement & nest-feathering. Megalomaniacal execs rule ok at TR! The work culture is one of passive-aggression.

    Really highly skilled staff don't stay long, and recent years have seen some excellent managers walk, often of their own volition.
    Lots of smoke & mirrors around the 'benefits' of working at Thomson Reuters...in fact, many of these so-called benefits are poor, especially when compared to peer companies. Healthcare is based on the US miserly policies, and the bonus scheme is poor for the vast majority of staff. TR is very good at giving the illusion of being a global brand, with all the trappings that may come with such, but the reality is rather different!

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look in the mirror!
    Shareholder value is as poor as staff opportunities!

  2. Helpful (2)

    Stepford Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bit Basher in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bit Basher in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The location is probably about the only thing in its favour.

    Cons

    Sheeplike groupthink, tedious drones who put process before progress

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to export jobs to cheaper jurisdictions. Listen to people who may know more about what they're jobs means

  3. Helpful (4)

    A mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people work at TR, many of them brought on board through acquisition, but in they get ground down by the relentless bureaucracy.

    Good work-life balance though.

    Cons

    The company is a mess - a conglomerate made up of all the companies acquired over the years and thrown together with no idea of what to do with them. And why so many acquisitions? Because collectively the company is clueless. It serves no purpose other than to make its figures presentable to the market and to ensure that the Thomson company remains one of the world's richest.

    Institutionally incompetent, it lurches from acquisition to mass redundancies. Except wait - the company now claims to believe in organic growth. A company that couldn't grow organically if you provided it with a tanker load of manure for starters.

    Advice to Management

    You won't grow organically if you don't pay good people good money and let them get on with their jobs.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Institutionally incompetent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomson Reuters

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not any that I can think of

    Cons

    I had the misfortune to work for a brilliant company that was bought by Thomson (later) Reuters. In a few years they had ruined us and the business closed down.

    The company is driven entirely by the need to make money for the Thomson family. They buy businesses, and squeeze them to death. Salaries are as low as they can get away with. Pay cheap and you get rubbish.

    Advice to Management

    You know you aren't good enough. Do the decent thing and resign.

  6. Helpful (6)

    Very unprofessional and

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    From 1.5 year of experience working for these guys, The teams are run by immature egotistic one man show managers. In general the culture is to bully people into squeezing them like lemons. Extremely unprofessional.

    Cons

    I couldnt think of any pros so all the cons went in pros area.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.

  7. Helpful (5)

    ridiculously chaotic with poor structure and careless poor management (long term loser)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    friendly environment and flexible managers
    Flexible working schedule
    good for parents in some areas of work
    regular benefits (study support , pension, etc..)
    Supportive management to some extent

    Cons

    skills, talents and languages are no matter, rather cutting costs leading to profit in the short term but greater loss in the long term (is as putting off the losses due to feeble, aimless, irresponsible leadership) no wonder the recent poor business performance and losing to Bloomberg
    usually large companies plan ahead, in the contrary TR can change plan in a week time

    poor management not mention zero leadership (smile at your face and make the subordinates to address the dirty work and decision)
    easily can be stabbed in the back and one ideas stolen
    unorganized and chaotic
    poor coordination between department, allocation of tasks and business segments, each care for one pocket and hit the other
    poorly monitored outsource providers can take advantage of Lack of knowledge and careless offshore team to their own benefits and make considerable gains and hide mistake.

    Advice to Management

    learn from ants and bees how to run a business, nice feed back can be useful, embrace talents and team work cross-groups, be vigilant and supportive , lie has short legs.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Do they really want to retain any talent at all??

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Head of Service Management in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Head of Service Management in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are generally some of the best I have worked with

    Cons

    Unless you want to relocate to the new HQ, as a manager your days are very much 'numbered'

    Advice to Management

    Stop losing all the very rich and capable talent that you have...you are letting some of the best, most experienced and dedicated staff in the industry walk out the door!

  9. Helpful (4)

    Senior management talk the talk, but no-one walks the walk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The highest executives regularly promote messages of inclusion and innovation.

    Cons

    Despite the enthusiasm for diversity and inclusion in the higher-levels of the organisation, managers at the office-level are reluctant to tackle homophobia, racism and other bullying. The "old boys' club" culture can make office life very difficult some days.

    Many staff are expected to be on-call 24/7, without receiving an appropriate salary. Staff are expected to share their home e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers so they can be contacted at evenings, weekends and holidays.

    Staff are expected to pay their own travel expenses for business engagements. On several occasions, I've ended the month having spent more on my job than I was paid.

    Pay is not on-par with other organisations in the same industries. Payroll slip-ups have left myself and some of my colleagues without pay.

    Advice to Management

    Visit all of your offices. Talk to all of your staff. Identify the people who block your calls to improve, and get rid of them. Value all of your staff, not just the sales people. Reward your high achievers.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great company to start career with but salary is low.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great name to start career with especially if you are straight out of uni.

    Cons

    The salary is low in comparison to rest of market and the benefits are not great. The management and HR do not bother spending time with employees to determine career growth within company. Management within the Analyst positions in London (UK) do not bother with helping employees with training, etc - basically no room for growth!

  11. Helpful (5)

    A purely financially-driven corporate that lost its soul

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-senior Manager
    Current Employee - Mid-senior Manager

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Worldwide company, opportunity to interact with great people working everywhere

    Cons

    Talking about Financial & Risk division. What is written in the other reviews is absolutely true: this company is always finding a good excuse to re-organise at least every year. You can have great career opportunities so long as you're well politically positioned and based in the major centers (NYC, London in essence). Management seem to have been recruited on the same mould: they do not (don't know how to) listen. They're all after their own numbers, short term and maintain the organization's structure so no dissonant voice can be heard (let's not even talk about HR...).
    In fact, this is more than ever about greed: spending less and less yet seeking more and more, effectively driving people by fear (I don't think it's intentional but rather the result of some people's incompetence).
    Hence the regular major marketing campaign in this company: yearly layoffs (contractors welcome to do the work that the people laid off were doing).
    Nonetheless, the senior management commonly shows great sense of humour: a staff survey is released every year asking if staff believe that senior management cares about the well-being of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop transforming this company against its employees.
    Learn what "emotional intelligence" is, reckon that you're essentially poor about it and leave the seat to someone else who will adopt a healthier approach.

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