Thomson Reuters Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
2,441 Reviews

3.3
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Pros
  • Flexible work schedules that allows one to establish a good work-life balance (in 399 reviews)

  • Work from home was very much allowed and many times encouraged to balance work/life (in 84 reviews)


Cons
  • Doing this constantly has caused some serious loss of work-life balance as someone who cares (in 42 reviews)

  • But wait, that's not quite enough to keep those senior management bonuses coming (in 78 reviews)

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  1.  

    Quite good working atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large corporation with a lot of possibilities. The leadership is flexible which is good. You can have some freedom when making choices. The office is very nice.

    Cons

    As every corporation there is a lot of politics and corporate play. I did not like that. Sometimes you will work with teams on different continents and that hurts your performance because you will be time constrained to time zones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management should discuss more career progress and promotion opportunities within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good culture but need to invest in growing areas

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance. However not enough regional balance too much control from NY which leads to them not totally understanding regional requirements

    Cons

    not enough investment in growing areas and not enough spend on technology

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    June 2014

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    flexible working shifts, countryside location

    Cons

    commission reports frequently wrong and not paid

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

    Excellent if slow-moving employer

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Programmer Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Genuinely cares about its staff; good global opportunities. Flexible - an excellent place to work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, slow decision-making, almost constant re-organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to flatten the organization and but more decision-making power into the hands of lower management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Significant changes underway to build solid foundation

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fantastically diverse, globally known, a lot of opportunity to move within the company itself.

    Cons

    Weak/absent leadership, inconsistent pay policies, major changes taking place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much rhetoric, promising pitches but yet to see any actual delivered improvements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was good, going downhill...no appreciation of people who work hard

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time

    Pros

    It's flexible working, good benefits package though not salary.

    Cons

    Hard work and loyalty is not rewarded. 10 years ago the people hired were always reliably good and people you wanted to work with. Too often now people are hired on basis of professional qualification with little thought given to whether they are able to do the job or get on with their colleagues. Result = lots of very frustrated, underpaid decent employees increasingly looking elsewhere...This will not assist the company in retaining and growing profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop chasing short term profits at the expense of loyal employees. It doesn't cost that much in the general scheme of things to take hard working people out for a drink once every few months and would massively boost morale. Stop putting so much emphasis on qualifications (and subsequently hiring unnecessary people) and instead look at how you can promote people within. This is apparently supposed to happen but I can name about 10 people who've been passed over in the past year in favour of (generally useless) external recruits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    They're not bad for a City employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters

    Pros

    Good working environment, flexible working options, decent benefits

    Cons

    Lack of coherent strategy, pay is average for the City

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think a bit further ahead than the end of the year.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company but a lack of focus at senior levels

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomson Reuters full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits including annual leave and healthcare.
    Worklife balance is encourages in most teams.
    Online training courses are freely available.

    Cons

    TR purchase new companies constantly but fail to integrate the business.
    Management are too focussed on growth and risk existing staff morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to employees and existing customers, the future is built on us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, but consistently making experienced staff redundant will eventually lead to product quality issues.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people
    Good products
    Flexible working environments
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Cost saving measures resulted in many experienced staff being made redundant, and high new staff turnover makes it hard to maintain quality and expert knowledge that the company depends on.
    Brutal timescales on the projects I worked on - very poor up front planning on business case and project scope.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open with the staff!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Forgotten its roots

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Journalist  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Journalist in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    With a large company comes a wide range of benefits you would not normally get if you worked from a smaller firm.

    Cons

    US-style business culture has been imposed on Reuters since it was purchased by Thomson and not always necessarily for the good. One always sensed you had to watch your back as the smallest error could get noted down and used against you in a performance appraisal -- always handy when it come to declining requests for a pay rise!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whilst data is what makes the big bucks at Thomson Reuters, the management should remember that its reputation and notoriety lies with the fantastic team of journalists that put great stories out every day and ensure the Reuters brand remains in the public eye. When I worked for the firm, I sensed the US management had little respect for the brand, in part because the Reuters name was not as big in the US as it is elsewhere...perhaps that has changed since I left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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