Thomson Reuters Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated June 7, 2014
Updated June 7, 2014
2,434 Reviews

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Pros
  • Flexible work schedules that allows one to establish a good work-life balance (in 399 reviews)

  • Work from home was very much allowed and many times encouraged to balance work/life (in 84 reviews)


Cons
  • Doing this constantly has caused some serious loss of work-life balance as someone who cares (in 42 reviews)

  • But wait, that's not quite enough to keep those senior management bonuses coming (in 78 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very unprofessional and

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    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to start career with but salary is low.

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    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 for more than a year

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    A purely financially-driven corporate that lost its soul

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    Current Employee - Mid-senior Manager
    Current Employee - Mid-senior Manager

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Learn how to play Golf with the Boss, fast.

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    Current Employee - Sales & Marketing  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales & Marketing in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. If you wake up with a steaming hang-over, you can ring in and work from home.

    My immediate colleagues are outstanding.

    Cons

    Career development is based upon kissing up to the boss. You'll only be promoted as long as you play golf with the right people.

    Senior managers completely out of touch with the workforce. "Brown bag lunches" are not the solution to the problems of career development.

    Zero training. Zero travel.

    Poor facilities in high-cost locations.

    Below-inflation pay-rises are a pay cut.

    Constant state of abject fear and terror due to outsourcing.

    Many people have effectively given up, and are waiting for the axe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really don't think there is a lot I can say here. Every year in the staff survey, the staff tell the management EXACTLY what is wrong. And every year, the company studiously ignores those results. It is said that the EXCOM have a deliberate policy of treating the satff badly; after all, if on-shore staff resign, they don't have to pay them redundancy money when they subsequently off-shore those roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Politically volatile workplace for execs

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    Current Employee - Vice President Sales  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters

    Pros

    the size of the company and the customer base in many countries. the quality of the brand makes selling more straightforward than other companies.

    Cons

    High volume of work expectations from all roles, poor decison making capability. very political organisation with many decsions based on what executives would want to hear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get closer to the front line on occassion and see how inefficient operational processes are. empower employees to have more impact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reuters was a great place to work. Thomson Reuters less so..

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    Current Employee - Architect  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters

    Pros

    The people made it a great place to be, however, it was a difficult place to bring about change and ultimately frustrating.

    Cons

    It is a place that I would find hard to recommend to somebody in London to join. Sadly belief in grand change progammes like offshoring made it a very difficult place to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many layers of management in the organisation. People have made a career out of just being employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work in product teams there

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomson Reuters

    Pros

    Reuters has a great brand name, fantastic office (interior design and facilities are second to none), cool locations (london, new york). The news gathering side is fantastic, world-class, competitive and efficient

    Cons

    Awful management, lack of customer focus, stagnant and resistant to change. The product side of the business is woefully incompetent and cannot bring a decent product to market. Reactionary attitudes, lack of understanding of software engineering process, unstructured roles and responsibilities, lead by managers who are completely out of touch with the needs of the people who use their product (most product development teams have never seen a user) and a general air of mistrust make Reuters a pretty terrible place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider how long you can continue to make shoddy products for the financial markets

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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