Archant Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
10 Reviews
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    A company working hard in a challenging marketplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Commercial in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Strong Board
    Great people with good digital expertise
    Always willing to challenge what they do to bring something new and relevant to their customers

    Cons

    Don't pay front line staff enough especially sales & editorial
    Regions don't maximise use of group level resources. Too much duplication
    Sales targets drive to wrong beahaviours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out into the regions and meet customers more
    From a sales perspective the interaction with the customer is critical - this is also where we have the best opportunity to improve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Confused regional media company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Archant

    Pros

    Industry standard salary, good benefits package if you can crawl up the corporate ladder which currently is staffed by the same middle aged men as it as been for the last couple of decades.

    Cons

    Senior managers with inflated opinions of their own ability, whole business unclear as to who it's audience really is, as opposed to who they would like it to be. Poor internal systems, non existent marketing budgets, if you can only use a newspaper read by pensioners to promote latest mobile app the results and response for your customers is going to be limited, especially if the app is clubs and bars in London. This is just one example of a very confused newspaper company trying to reinvent itself .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise Norwich is an outpost and as such you will not attract serious group level talent to come and work there.
    Invest in marketing as there are some good ideas that are poorly executed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Double Glazing Pushy Sales Approach

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Norwich, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of movement for progression into other areas of the business as well as on a geographical basis too!

    Cons

    It was like working with a bunch of double glazing sales people who didn't care about ROI for their clients, just themselves!

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Journalist  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Journalist in Norwich, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Titles are well respected in the community, decent canteen (if you like chips). Was once a nice place to work.

    Cons

    No respect for work life balance, body clock busting mix of shifts, quality is an afterthought, middle management extremely demanding but inexperienced and with little idea of how to motivate people, ridiculous demands inhibit ability to produce good journalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in journalism, train managers in how to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Friendly, supportive work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Human Resources and Recruitment  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Group Human Resources and Recruitment in Norwich, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Exceptional co-workers who are great to work with (everyone's very friendly); Vast range of employee benefits (uncapped commission schemes, charity matched-funding, etc); Ideas are encouraged; Training events, conferences and seminars arranged for staff; Very competitive pay; Opportunities to move across and work in different areas of the business; Innovative products and happy employees.

    Cons

    Not much to say here, I'm really enjoying my time with the company. It is a fast-paced environment, which works great for me but maybe wouldn't if you're a more leisurely worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job, as far as I'm concerned. I would come and speak to someone if I did think of anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    OK but not for life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England (UK)

    I worked at Archant full-time

    Pros

    Inhouse canteen, pension scheme employer contributions match employee's, good promotion of work life balance at lower levels

    Cons

    Lack of training and devlopment, no maternity benefits, papers - feeling of being in a declining market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on developing staff rather than recruiting from outside, better maternity benefits

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awful

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

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

    Pros

    Really good people work there and make working there bearable.

    Cons

    A company who show no respect and year on year shaft their staff in every way at every corner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None suitable for this site.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Newspaper printing is not the place to be in modern times

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Pay can still be high in printing. Rewards on a personal achievement level can be high.

    Cons

    Worry about the future is high for newspaper circulation and content. Web information as it is will worry this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Frustrated in an environment that didn't empower or embrace the future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Director  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Director in Norwich, England (UK)

    I worked at Archant full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Big company and therefore, at the time, secure. However, as the regional newspaper / magazine landscape has deteriorated, the company looks more precarious.
    Local

    Cons

    Almost monopolistic and therefore complacent.
    Betrayed the journalistic values by putting ads before reader value.
    Unempowering
    Blinkered
    Refuses to accept that root and branch business review is required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Root and branch review is needed to change how profitability is secured in radically altered media landscape.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Tough place to work, worked into the ground

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter  in  Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Reporter in Norwich, England (UK)

    I worked at Archant

    Pros

    Salary is better than many other local papers; quality of papers is good. Good for own career advancement, but then get out.

    Cons

    Newsroom not plesant place to work, very tough, you work long hours, relentless...no transparency between management and staff..office politics, poor leaders, incompetent management,
     the usual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a more pleasant working environment and improve work life balance of staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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