The Rank Group Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
12 Reviews

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  1.  

    Rise to the challenge, you get what you put in.

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    Former Employee - Hard Worker  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Hard Worker in London, England (UK)

    I worked at The Rank Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People, product and aspiring to improve - lots of opportunities

    Cons

    you need to be resilient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on 10 things at a time and not 30 !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No need to comment more than what's already been said on this Company

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Rank Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    On site parking - Some of the people are really great.

    Cons

    IT setup outdated - 80's approach to business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let someone else do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Oh dear - Really a just to late organisation

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I worked at The Rank Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some people are really nice. Some seem to be.... Most of the buildings don't leak - the coffee machines are pretty good - free biscuits in the meeting rooms in head office.

    Cons

    No investment in resources - long term plan not shared between all parties - lots of silos - organisation is fragmented - toxic politics leading to withholding of information - much more to add but would a waste of time.

    Just about every computer system has been implemented by people who have no idea. The whole lot should be ripped out an rebuilt - this would be cheaper than trying to keep the old stuff running.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company lacks vision - direction - innovation and most impotantly the support of its own staff. Senior team presses the buttons their mentors want to hear - rather than focusing on the job in hand and fixing the core issues. Senior team fail in realising that rome wasn't built in a day. Senior Team have no short and or long term plan so fail to present either a mission and/or strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs to move with the times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Rank Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people trying to do the right thing, lots of laughs, good team spirit in tough times, CEO has just resigned and it was very welcomed.

    Cons

    Exec are out of touch and don't understand that culture needs to be nurtured. HR are ridiculously old fashioned and make silly decisions that wind staff up at the wrong times. Maidenhead HQ act as though they are working in the late 80s or 90s and are heavy on pointless process simply because 'that's how we've always done it'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the IT transformation and hopefully the new CEO will see that serious wholesale change needs to happen in all areas to ensure that the company can compete in the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Outdated strategy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Rank Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very sociable company below senior management.

    Cons

    Exec and Leadership failings, outdated strategies, prehistoric attempted solutions to issues. A lack of employee engagement. Massive staff turn over. One of the lowest employee engagement scores I have seen in 25 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove key individuals and employee high calibre people with forward looking ideas where staff are seen as the solution and not the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Please apply if you're interested in internal politics and back-stabbing

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

    I worked at The Rank Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people I worked with were pretty nice, the salary was competitive and the location was pretty good as well.

    Cons

    Wow OK...So the internal politics in this place is scary. Everyone seemed to have an opinion on everyone else and would react very badly to anyone who had an opinion that differed from their own.
    The digital and print sides of the business are constantly bashing heads with each other. This is caused by a lack of support from management and conflicting company mission statements and brand values. There was also a lack of key personal that would be needed to make both departments work efficiently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management are like current government MPs...out of touch and out of time.
    I don't think the business will last 5 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Absolute carnage - never, ever consider joining

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Rank Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay arrives in bank account on time

    Cons

    Utter incompetence at all levels. CEO is nuts - has no idea of the impact he has on the people and organisation. No trust, no respect, no future. Never worked in such a confrontational, un collaborative and dysfunctional culture - full of people who don't know what good looks like. Ownership and accountability non existence - everyone is set off working on everything, typically resulting in peeing competitions, personal agendas and confusion as to what's important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign - needs a refresh urgently

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people, not a great company.

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

    I worked at The Rank Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great, friendly people. The employees make the company.

    Cons

    Management does not care about employees. Very secretive culture. Not much dialogue. Senior management makes decisions and filters down. Even though the company claims to follow certain values it does not show. There are differences between the digital and retail sides of the business. Senior management very inconsistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Supportive and engaging, a company that truly lives it's 'where everyone counts' strap line.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Rank Group

    Pros

    A company at the forefront of entertainment for 75 years. Exciting times ahead.

    Cons

    Market conditions can impact despite hard work of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep spreading the good news and encouraging innovation and fresh thinking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Land of "the lost"

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I worked at The Rank Group as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Strong Retail Presence. People are nice .

    Cons

    I was there as a external consultant for few months, worked with all levels of management - CEO to Junior level Assistants. People are just clueless broadly speaking , they are doing things without any clear direction or strategy . Most of the employees are poorly skilled for their roles and i suspect are low paid, they are good at complaining about things however no one is willing to take charge and fix issues. If someone tries to resolve business issues it makes permanent employees nervous as they are well aware once issues are fixed they will have to work and they are just not fit for purpose. Middle/ Senior level mgmt. People ask for things without being able to explain benefits of investment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire high calibre experinced people from good companies and pay them well . adapt best practices from various industry sectors and upskill or remove non-performers - top to bottom . Enculcate business vision across all area's of buisness just not write it in annual reports for the city. Company needs a major buisness transformation just not quick fixes if it is to compete in tough market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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