Financial Times Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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Financial Times CEO John Ridding
John Ridding
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Pros
  • Work/life balance, flexible working and benefits package (in 7 reviews)

  • Great brand to work for, raises eyebrows in any conversation if you say you work for the FT (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle management staff are useless in the extreme (in 3 reviews)

  • Office politics everywhere, particularly with senior management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. The FT is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very helpful, and entrepreneurial

    Cons

    Lack of proper leadership in non London locations

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. US business is suffering.... parent company, Pearson is stifling.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Financial Times

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Very friendly co-workers
    Great office location
    Benefits

    Cons

    No visible and effective leadership which means lack of communication leading to low productivity, especially in the US team. UK managers fail to keep US team members in the know, so they're often working aimlessly without direction or understanding of collective goals.
    Although senior management talks about the potential for growth in the US, there is no investment in people, branding or advertising to support this.
    CEO is very hands-off - his only form of communication with staff are generic email messages filtered through the PR team.
    Recent integration with Pearson has been a painful and bureaucratic experience which has led to hostility across the business.
    All of the above has led to high turnover rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to grow the US market, do something about it.
    Practice more inclusiveness and proactive communication with staff outside the UK.
    Invest more time in succession planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Good pace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time

    Pros

    Good working culture and environment.

    Cons

    Pay could be much better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Good employer, which grants its employees the possibility to have a truly global work experience.

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    Current Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Writer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The FT is a global company, with a great brand and it work force is composed of some of the smartest and friendliest people I've ever known. There is an old school way of doing things that makes it special when compared to other newspapers and media companies. Great benefits and plenty of holiday.

    Cons

    Salaries often do not reflect the quality of its employees, the company is often too slow to adapt to technological changes. We are often stretched having to cover for absent colleagues or employees who have left the company but have not been replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people as you used to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. good place to work, once you graft into the old boys club

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

    I have been working at Financial Times full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -great brand name recognition, intriguing workload, super-intelligent colleagues to learn from

    Cons

    - not much of a ladder to raise people up
    - organizational structure is rather cliquish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - do more to harness and develop your existing talent as opposed to bringing in people from the outside.
    - disassemble the old boys club that runs the show

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great global job experience with unlimited opportunities

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    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Financial Times full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/personal life balance, decent compensation and benefits offered, extremely diverse work environment, collaborative internal communications

    Cons

    Tough competitive market to sell against in the US, Given time difference of the US vs. the corporate HQ office in London significantly slows the decision making process for US employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Differ to your employees thoughts and opinions that are on the ground in each region rather than trying to fit 'square pegs into round openings' ...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great people, interesting work, but not easy to move up.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Financial Times

    Pros

    Strong effort to bring in people who are smart, hard workers that also fit the culture. Plenty of vacation time.

    Cons

    You'll be expected to perform at a high level with little feedback. Can be difficult to move up the ladder if you're not in with the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to cultivate young, motivated talent that is eager to make contributions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Successful in spite of themselves

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    Former Employee - Ad Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Ad Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Financial Times full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great content, allowed to work remotely, great time off, great benefits

    Cons

    Poor management across the board, inappropriate and unprofessional work environment, no chance for development or growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give workers a clear path for growth and improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Very employee focused, great people, great company

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Associate Sales Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Sales Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Financial Times full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Strong focus on employee happiness, great 401K, benefits. I really appreciated the transparency of the company. They were also very big in to preventative health for their employees which I think is very progressive and something all companies should be promoting.

    Cons

    Lots of middle management, tons of weekly meetings that become a bit redundant, but if corporate world if your thing, it's a really great place to work.

  11. Overall interesting but could have been more challenging

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    Former Employee - Executive, Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive, Marketing in New York, NY

    I worked at Financial Times

    Pros

    The people which are smart and humble. The perks and benefits, which are fair and better when compared to the industry.

    Cons

    Big gap between objectives and how they are carried out. Topline is set but there is no clear action path to complete it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More consistency and also more effort to recognize people's potential and promote them adequately or to give them more visibility on the long run.

    No opinion of CEO

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