Fairfax Media Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
33 Reviews
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33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company which is undergoing a lot of change

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is excellent and the company is really aiming to be digital first despite being traditionally print based. The people are dedicated and really lovely to work with and the brands are ones that many Australjans love.

    Cons

    Some areas are very resistant to change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good people in Fairfax Media

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairfax Media

    Pros

    Technology is OK, wide area to participate on

    Cons

    Pay is not high, still lots of print focus

  3.  

    Interesting people, so, so managment

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    Former Employee - Relocation Engineer  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Relocation Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Fairfax Media as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Was employed on a contract basis as part of a relocation team.
    A good work life balance on the whole. Friendly people and an excellent work environment.

    Cons

    As with all large companies, sometimes the left hand didn't know what the right hand was doing but this is to be expected. Did take a while for sense to prevail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, be they permanent or contractors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A great evolving business

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairfax Media

    Pros

    A great team both young and old. An impressive suite of products that clients like and deliver results. Despite the many changes in recent years there are still good progression opportunities for those who work hard and align their skills to the evolving needs of this business.

    Cons

    Fairfax is continually evolving and those who cope well with change and a level of uncertainty may find that a struggle. There is still a level of division between the digital and traditional sides of the business which may frustrate those wanting experience across both print and digital products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great role. Fantastic Culture, No leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairfax Media full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working on different brands and briefs every day.
    Internal stakeholders right cross the business - product, marketing, events - make the experience worthwhile.

    Cons

    Minimal leadership and no motivation. Managers are out to making themselves shine, not their teams.
    Don't value good staff. Don't give pay rises often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward long term employees. Teach your managers to motivate and inspire the teams. Set process and practices in writing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent innovative media company, with a great culture and emphasis on reshaping the business for the digital era

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    excellent office in Pyrmont. Gym, showers, cycling facilities.
    Flexible working and working remotely
    The latest technology (Macbook Pro/Airs) and X1 Lenovo, Google Apps instead of Office/Outlook.
    Great place for technology workers.

    Cons

    Fairfax Media is navigating a difficult people as a result of the decline of print media. Some times bad (cost saving), but also good (getting away from traditional Oracle/Microsoft products and moving to cloud services)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    People make the place!

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    Former Employee - Adverising Consultant  in  Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Adverising Consultant in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I worked at Fairfax Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with, fast paced working environment, good thorough processes already in place. Good hours, not expected to work insane amount of hours like other media.

    Cons

    Poor pay, left behind in a digital age, don't value good staff. A tone of redundancies are happening and make for a terrible culture amoungst staff. While I was there this was just starting to gain momentum. Use to be an amazing place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real, you are behind the ball by about 10 years, instead of poorly playing catchup do something new and innovative instead of rehashing other companies products and doing a terrible effort at it in the online space.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Fairfax Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Constant training on new products and technologies, friendly fun working environment, highly regarded company.

    Cons

    Harder to progress due to the size of the company and number of employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company most staff consider as a stepping stone in their career development

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Well known company with products that matter. Work on products that are used by the majority of Australian population.
    Modern culture embracing the latest technology.
    Strong team bonds where people do work together for a common goal.
    Internally very agile which gives it a startup feel. Employees empowered to improve systems.
    Fun environment located in a really cool location.

    Cons

    Management undervalues staff, seems to consider them disposable and replaceable.
    Struggles to understand investment in technology can save considerable time reducing staff effort. Often prioritises spending less at the expense of employees having to do considerably more work.
    High staff turnover causes considerable workloads on existing competent staff.
    High pressure environment due to sites being so well known and critical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People matter, they should be looked after and valued.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Botched potential

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    Former Employee - Journalist  in  Adelaide (Australia)
    Former Employee - Journalist in Adelaide (Australia)

    I worked at Fairfax Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you're a young journalist looking for an opportunity to explore different avenues within journalism, Fairfax is decent, especially if low pay is not a concern.

    Cons

    Lack of vision from leaders, who often promoted the wrong people. Illegal compensation practices are widespread.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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