Centaur Media

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Centaur Media Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great growing experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant and Junior Media Buyer in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant and Junior Media Buyer in Spokane, WA

    I have been working at Centaur Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have loved working here, nice small community that has been built. All employees are great to work with and there is always something different going on.

    Cons

    Some of the work is repetative, but that is standard for most office jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Moving towards the end

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Centaur Media full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good starting job with a strong basic salary alongside nice bonus systems.

    Cons

    Poor management with a narrow minded approach. Usually unqualified individuals are higher up and don't actively sell, they gain accounts from people calling in and buying. Completely unchallenging work that doesn't engage the creative aspect of your mind. Journalists also despise sales teams for no apparent reason other than perhaps jealousy. Dying industry that will fall victim to publishers like Buzzfeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the work and content you produce otherwise accounts will start falling. There is no real destination for news anymore and the quicker Centaur's board realise it, the quicker you will make more money and grow to be a power again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, Great location, shocking salary.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centaur Media full-time

    Pros

    There are some amazing people working here at Centaur and the MD for exhibitions is a dream. Situated in the retail hub of London is it a great location for socialising after working hours. Also a great company for the CV.

    Cons

    Salaries for the sales team are dismal, it is literally a case of living pay check to pay check and there are no signs of improvement. I have seen a huge amount of people leave over the past couple of months alone due to this.
    I have also been requesting career development training for over a year and I have received nothing.
    Working conditions have also become very cramped.
    There are no opportunities to recognise the 'little people'. We have a monthly 'exceptional performance' award, but unless you are a key player and higher up the ladder there is no chance of being recognised this way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Centaur need to realise that until they dramatically ramp up salaries for the executives, employees will continue to leave the company on a regular basis for bigger and brighter opportunities. The salaries simply do not reflect the cost of living in London.
    Instead of hiring more experienced people externally, focus on training the talent you already have.
    Also make more of an effort to reward the 'little people'- execs, co-ordinators, assistants etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Potentially making changes for the better since CEO change less than a year ago. Let's see where this goes!

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

    I have been working at Centaur Media full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good name to have on CV. Seemingly positive changes ongoing in terms of greater coordination and synchronisation of the many brands under the Centaur banner

    Cons

    Starting salary is low, especially for London.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the changes coming!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has potential, but is losing its staff engagement

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

    I have been working at Centaur Media full-time

    Pros

    Centaur has always been strong on teams and working in a friendly environment. Many life long friendships and relationships are developed here and many a person has left for 'greener pastures' only to return to the welcoming arms of Centaur.

    Cons

    Centaur is going through major change to bring itself into the new world order of media (as all media firms have had to do). While that is happening it seems to have lost its gentleness and staff are treated as numbers, not people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bear in mind that your top talent are human beings. To go through change does not need to mean treating people badly. Stop doing things to people and start involving all levels in decisions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Centaur Media full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some good brands, some good managers

    Cons

    Poor basic salary, muddled leadership, poor operational resource

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the operations teams some more resource. Management need to be careful that it's not a place where mediocrity is tolerated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Short sighted, Management lack direction and foresight

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Centaur Media full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great location, good salary, hours and benefits.

    Cons

    Staff recognition is poor, little understanding of day to day issues faced by staff or realities of the business, do not capitalise on business opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise and value staff, listen to feedback provided by staff that could allow for opportunities. Expand your portfolios and stop concentrating on waning markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good start to my career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Services Advertising Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Services Advertising Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Centaur Media

    Pros

    Brilliant name to have on the CV, excellent training and products, professionally run, great office location, nice people

    Cons

    Regimented approach to career progression, poor compensation in terms of paid holiday days, pension etc compared to other media owners, made to feel significantly less important than people in the display sales team

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Centaur Media

    Pros

    some good brands and healthy magazines

    Cons

    Mgmt are out of their depth. little understanding of new media. Staff skills are lacking, and sales staff are treated like scum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and let staff do their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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