Telegraph Media Group

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Telegraph Media Group Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent internship

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    Former Employee - Washington Bureau  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Washington Bureau in Washington, DC

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Tons of opportunities to chase stories and hone reporting skills. Interns are given a lot of responsibility and assumed to have a high competence level. Journalists in DC office are excellent and great mentors.

    Cons

    Some administrative work, but that's to be expected. Internships are not extended beyond their one semester term

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your interns to stay with the organization and grow; offer paid internships

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Terrifying

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Met some great friends and there were fantastic percs with regards to health benefits such as BUPA and paternity leave

    Cons

    Nazi like micro management - treated like a naughty schoolboy at all times, not nearly enough freedom, archaic culture in many ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    chill! Its the Telegraph - income revenue streams will always be strong - respect your staff more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Quantity not quality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good benefits and had the opportunity to work with a major player in the news industry. Work was sometimes varied.

    Cons

    Too political, no opportunity to progress, poor quality of work. Too focused on selling, selling, selling and no focus on delivery. Poor management which was too top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on budgets and selling and more focus on product and process. The business will grow if the product is solid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Watch your back!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    New digital products
    Benefits
    Free newspaper
    Exciting to be part of a near 160-year old company
    Impressive building and useful location (Victoria).

    Cons

    No values
    No consistent culture across the business
    Blame culture
    Underpaid, undervalued staff whilst senior management highly paid
    Cut throat.
    Internal press releases end up on Guardian website within seconds.
    No free tea and coffee!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategise and deliver on a defined roadmap - but allow time for enough preparation. Stop living to a deadline like a print newspaper - in the digital world it's all about being relevant all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great People. Awful Management.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I worked in the Commercial department. Great office in a good location, nice employee facilities (on-site gym, nice canteen, modern and generally clean). Worked with some great people from a wide variety of backgrounds and industries. The Telegraph is a great name to have on your CV.

    Good communication from senior management (Murdoch) about organisational issues, and generally what's going on with the company a few times a year (especially around Christmas bonus time).

    Great staff benefits. The ability to pick and choose what you want. Good pension scheme. Subsidised computer, and cycle-to-work, schemes.

    Cons

    When the going got tough, management started pointing fingers, not examining the bigger picture. The view was clearly that when revenue fell, it was because we weren't working hard enough (and nothing to do with the fact that our competitors were developing more innovative products). There's only so far that a regurgitated version of the same old jobs board with a particular audience will get you with clients. Somehow, this escaped the minds of those in charge.

    Over-reliance on print revenues, which, as anyone with a basic level of intelligence will know, is in decline.

    Managers took credit for individual team member's work. Managers set you up to fail, constantly (one minute they railroad your deal, the next they're shouting at you for NOT managing your deal...??). Conversations with department managers usually involved being humiliated in front of the whole department floor.

    Nobody felt like they could ask for help because nobody in management was approachable. And then department managers wondered why nobody asked for help.

    A general feeling of apathy towards you from management. Definite old-boys club attitude. Nepotism was blatant. Encouraging team members to screw each other over for the sake of their own figures or career progression. Unrealistic targets based on...who knows?

    Morale was low in my team. There was no motivation or encouragement. Within 6 months, everyone in my team had left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that foster a positive culture, who are approachable, and want you to succeed. Increase individual communication and raise issues with employees immediately - don't leave it to review time, when it comes as a complete surprise.

    There's a reason why managers who are bullies are hated. Get rid of them, and you might retain some top talent and get more out of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    my boss is brilliant - rest of the place is a basket case

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    My boss
    The history of the place
    Former glories

    Cons

    The place has no direction and its all getting a bit embarrassing
    There no point discussing time off policies, training and work life balance when everyone wants to leave because the product we produce is rubbish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a strategy and most importantly some editorial direction. People want inspirational leadership, figure heads and causes we can rally behind. Instead we are left sniggering at Private Eye. For the love of God stop worrying about time off policies, training and work life balance - its pathetic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Disappointed in the Telegraph Media group

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chatham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Location. Some of the people I worked with

    Cons

    Terrible management, all lack communication! No understanding with disabilities!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to each other instead of talking behind each other's backs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    some great people but awful management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - some great, talented people
    - on-site gym, good pension
    - quite social

    Cons

    - awful senior management. decisions made by people who have no idea how departments actually function.
    - some departments pay well, others awful.
    - lazy approach to recruitment.
    - lack of resources.
    - very slow to carry out pay reviews/performance reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in actual workers, there are far too many "directors".
    realise that people are assets and treat them better.
    pay people what they deserve.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very very poor project organisation and low morale

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are really good. Nice building with good facilities in a good location. The also looks good on your CV

    Cons

    Bad working environment. Dependent on the department you work in, perhaps this isn't for all departments but there is a lack of direction for people working on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They transparency across different departments for better communication.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aanlyst Programmer

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    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst Programmer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, nice media floor, reasonable location in Victoria. It's generally interesting when a large story breaks and you can watch the media floor spin into action.

    Cons

    The senior team were off pace and their idea of progression was to regurgitate the same humdrum design practices cyclically. The work was really very dull, there are only so many ways in which you can reinvent a newspaper website - admittedly this is not really a fault the management team can do much about, its more the nature of the beast and something to be aware of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your tech staff and their ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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