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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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2.4 9 reviews

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Johnston Press CEO Ashley Highfield

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17% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    I enjoyed working for a caring forward thinking Company, such as Johnston Press.

    Press Leader (Former Employee) Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

    ProsA Company which never stands still, always looking to the future, where leadership skills are rewarded, a Company which looks after its Staff, Interesting work, and modern equipment, Managerial Staff take an Interest at all levels, a happy environment, with Safe working conditions taking priority.

    ConsIn the Press-room area i which I worked the work could be hot and sticky, especially during the Summer Months, but overall working on modern presses can be a joy, although when things go wrong the pressure comes on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should make a point of understanding Staff concerns, and familiarize themselves with all aspects of the Job, from start to finish, so that there is overall knowledge of what work is done, enabling them to keep a finger on the pulse.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience at Johnston Press was largely dire. A dreadful employer who cares not one bit for its staff

    Journalist (Current Employee) Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    ProsI honestly cannot think of one.

    ConsWhere to start? Low pay; poor conditions; dirty office; inefficient computers; staff concerns ignored; jaded workforce; dreadful management and no structure; poor reputation; bad at paying on time and properly; woeful final products; departing staff not replaced adding to stress and pressure; the list is absolutely endless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop destroying the products you produce. Look after your staff. Pay staff properly. Learn from mistakes. Learn from rivals who perform far better. Listen to staff concerns.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stressed, over worked, bullied and underpaid

    Media Sales Advisor (Former Employee) Driffield, England (UK)

    ProsThe bonuses were okay when they actually paid them

    Conseverything, the managers, unrealistic targets and fleecing innocent people out of money

    Advice to Senior Managementscrew you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsSome of the people were friendly but I think they were unaware of how bad their company is run.

    ConsI was lied to about the role when I took it. I was told it would be a field sales role. We even discussed my home office in the interview. After starting the job, I was told I would have to be office based. The closest office was an hour away. When I brought this blatent misleading up, it wasn't even denied. The sales guys all work from different crm systems and are constantly treading on one another's toes. They also told me that my patch was untouched. It was far from the case. The whole company is stuck in the 1970's and the sales training comes from people who know very little about sales.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't lie to get people on board.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall satisfactory experience

    Advertising (Former Employee) Dundalk (Ireland)

    ProsFellow employees were great to work for

    ConsNo morale from managment, bonuses were reluctantly paid, wages were different each month and always had to be checked for inaccuracys

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry not to cut the business to the bone so much

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    I had an enjoyable experience at Johnston Press

    Newspaper Deliverer (Current Employee) Bedford, England (UK)

    ProsThe pay was good and as it was an evening job delivering newspapers so i could fit it around my studies.

    ConsSometimes the papers did not turn up on time so I would often have to deliver them a day late. Also, being an outdoor job, no matter what the weather I would have to deliver the newspapers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice to give. Good job

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    Sinking ship

    Advertising Production (Current Employee) Preston, North East England, England (UK)

    ProsGood canteen. erm... plenty of free parking!

    ConsSlow implementation of future (& current!) technologies. Pay freezes on already low pay. Short-termism (See reaction to £30m News Interantional Payout). Dreadful communicantion with staff. No rewards. No motivation. Sliding sales. Weekly threats of redundancy. Incompetent HR (See handling of out-sourcing).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun , Creative, hard work , not extremly lucrative

    Field Sales Executive (Former Employee) Peterborough, England (UK)

    ProsGreat office environment. good managers

    ConsHard to achive any bonus , targets not generally achievable

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    Nothing like a newspaper

    Administration (Former Employee) Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

    ProsNo day is the same, always a challenge to be met

    ConsNot many women in senior positions

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote more women into key roles,

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