Thomson Reuters Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
2,433 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.  

    Blessed with good people

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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

    Surrounded by experienced, intelligent and generally nice honest people. Organisation restructures so often that there are plenty of opportunities to move your career forward - if you are strategic.

    Cons

    Organisation restructures so often that hardly any projects/ initiatives survive long enough to completion. Top down communication feels very 1 sided, has a tendency to throw lots of curve balls to managers - ie communicating major global changes/ decisions abruptly without sufficient lead time for managers to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make a decision and stick it through to the end. Allow individual businesses some freedom to grow organically.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It has been an interesting and varied place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    There is a friendly environment and a real desire for people to work together across units.
    There are talented people and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Constant cycle of change in structure and leadership, yearly redundancy cycle.
    Somewhat short-sighted in terms of strategic thinking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Frustrating buracracy

    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, decent pay

    Cons

    Lots of internal conflict resulting in changing overall business strategy and re-orgs every six months

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good environment, meritocratic system

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Xml FX Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Xml FX Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very exciting place to work, fantastic pay, a great place to see how other banks are using the fx platform in their fx departments, i.e. a great place to choose which bank to progress to based on the pace of activity you prefer. Eg Calyon Bank- high fast paced daily fx use, Nordea Bank - shipping insurance bank so very quiet fx use - just one Bloomberg terminal

    Cons

    Legacy systems, because their fx platform is on 24/7, its virtually impossible to take down even temporarily for upgrades, and as it works perfect well now no incentive to do so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention to lower level techs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constantly changing environment

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and people. There are some interesting initiatives due to the level of change.

    Cons

    I don't think they value growing their own talent.
    Middle management in some areas is weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunities for employees as well as suppliers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Financial & Risk: Almost yearly snr management and business structure changes with attrition or performance problem

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Reuters has a long heritage and good relationship with decision makers in big banks and other financial institutions. With their global customer base and offices Thomson Reuters offers good benefits to those interested in working abroad in other offices.

    Cons

    Politics - it has been noticed and mentioned a few times by both senior managers and peers that there is a lot of politics driving appointments, promotions and changes in structure and this is obviously very detrimental to staff trust and moral. Disconnect between execs and staff on the ground - often what is broadcast by execs and what you hear on the ground are very different about performance, team changes and priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure managers and snr managers are held accountable for performance; Listen to staff feedback more regularly; Be more honest to staff and vigilant of politically motivated changes or promotions within teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    They are kind of dysfunctional, not a nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomson Reuters full-time

    Pros

    Interesting tech work in the finance sector

    Cons

    Post-merger company with lots of internal conflict

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thomson Reuters Canary Wharf

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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 Thomson Reuters full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to have on your CV. Excellent start for interns, graduates and junior managers. Open to promoting work/life balance and flexible working arrangements. Good standard benefits - healthcare, pension and free gym.

    Cons

    Unless you're politically savvy with senior management, there's no room for progression. Basic salary is a not on par with industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior management talk the talk, but no-one walks the walk

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    The highest executives regularly promote messages of inclusion and innovation.

    Cons

    Despite the enthusiasm for diversity and inclusion in the higher-levels of the organisation, managers at the office-level are reluctant to tackle homophobia, racism and other bullying. The "old boys' club" culture can make office life very difficult some days.

    Many staff are expected to be on-call 24/7, without receiving an appropriate salary. Staff are expected to share their home e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers so they can be contacted at evenings, weekends and holidays.

    Staff are expected to pay their own travel expenses for business engagements. On several occasions, I've ended the month having spent more on my job than I was paid.

    Pay is not on-par with other organisations in the same industries. Payroll slip-ups have left myself and some of my colleagues without pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visit all of your offices. Talk to all of your staff. Identify the people who block your calls to improve, and get rid of them. Value all of your staff, not just the sales people. Reward your high achievers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boring and no career growth opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Work environment is fairly relaxed. Colleagues are also very friendly. HR policies are also pretty employee friendly

    Cons

    I worked for the CMR team at Thomson Reuters. The work is extremely boring and there is hardly any career growth. The place is very hierarchical. Senior management is only bothered about meeting targets and have almost no respect for long term employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and create career choices for employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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