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Archant Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Very flexible in working hours and great people to work with (in 8 reviews)

  • The publications (newspapers and magazines) are well-respected in the local area and have a good reputation (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • pressure from senior management (in 6 reviews)

  • More than likely to be made redundant (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great start to my new position at Archant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barking, London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barking, London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Archant part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and professional colleagues
    Comprehensive on boarding process and training
    Warm atmosphere
    Efficient processes
    Good facilities
    Good employee benefits

    Cons

    Local Parking would be my only bugbear but that's due to central location to the Barking Town Centre


  2. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Much more than a newspaper publisher. Great range of well-known titles and some strong digital platforms allowing us to come up with creative solutions that work for our advertisers. Easy hours unless you work in Editorial where it is more shift based.

    Cons

    Not enough communication between functions or centers. Lots of training but not enough coaching - mostly left to your own devices to succeed. Really helpful staff, some here for decades always happy to help. Salary and benefits are lacking compared to some companies.

    Advice to Management

    Remember our business is built on providing great quality content through well known and respected publications - Editorial is the engine of the machine and you need to invest in them for us all to stay competitive.

  3. "Good media company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Archant full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The staff are one of the main pros to Archant. Almost everyone I've worked with is proud of what they do and happy to give their time and explain it. That's quite a contrast to other media companies I've worked for and dealt with.

    Digital innovation has developed quickly in the last year - there is now a better range of products for readers and customers.

    Cons

    Traditionally there hasn't been enough personal contact from senior managers with local centres, although that has started to change this year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing new digital products and maintaining contact with other offices; relauch or refresh the thank you scheme that seems work better in some centres than others.


  4. "Recruitment Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Advisor in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Advisor in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Archant full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked for Archant for almost 2 years and thoroughly enjoy my role. I enjoy working in a fast paced, ever changing environment. Even though Archant is a big organisation you are made to feel part of something straight away. I work with a great team of people who work very hard to get the job done.

    Cons

    I think it would be good for discounted travel / parking arrangements for the larger offices to be negotiated.


  5. "Moving in the right direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Editor in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Deputy Editor in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Archant (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    After years of constant change and restructure, Archant finally seems to be moving in the right direction. Despite the recent redundancies, there finally seems to be some cohesive action from senior management to work on employee wellbeing, digital engagement and career progression. Jeff Henry appears an extremely engaged and positive CEO for the company.

    Cons

    Still relatively low pay and many layers of bureaucracy to get things actioned, but this is the same with many large companies.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on rewarding and engaging your existing staff, and you will reap the benefits.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people - Management on the other hand - absolutely awful. No compassion, no respect for their staff what so ever. Computers and software extremely dated.

    Cons

    More than likely to be made redundant. I personally wouldn't recommend this company.


  7. "Web Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Designer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Web Designer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working here but no room for progression

    Cons

    Chairs were not comfy at all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Place To Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Archant full-time

    Pros

    Good canteen, on site car parking.

    Cons

    I'm so glad to left this 'prestigious' - local employer. No support, no dynamic, nothing. The worst thing about Archant is the bullying culture that is rife within the commercial department, and the very incompetent weak managers who couldnt organise a P up in a brewery and have no idea about the current marketplace and how to push things forward.
    I was warned against joining this company by a former employee and they were quite right. Belittling nasty staff, no morals and corrupt.
     By far the worst place I have ever worked.

    Advice to Management

    So much deadwood in that place, needs a brand new outlook.

    Archant Response

    May 15, 2017 – Group Recruitment Manager

    My name is Claire Pointon and I am the Group Recruitment Manager here at Archant. Firstly I would like to thank you for your feedback. I am so sorry to read your comments and would welcome the ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Wouldn't tell worst enemy to work there"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Editorial in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Editorial in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people at grassroots level. Honestly cant think of any more.

    Cons

    Horrendous pay, zero flexibility. Have made loads of redundancies. Very poor and frequently-changing top level management who don't have any clue about media, employ bad salespeople and have a massive turnover of staff. Everything is Norwich-focused so they have no idea how the city of London actually works. Massive focus on sales and barely a mention of editorial. Basically a very out-dated, out-of-touch, cold company to work for which does not care for its staff at all. Horrible offices in dodgy, crime-ridden areas

    Advice to Management

    Employ some people who actually know about media instead of total fakers


  10. "Publishing Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Norwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Norwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Archant (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun place to work, happening media company

    Cons

    Too many frequent changes at the top over the past 5 years, hopefully settling down now, re-structuring on a rolling basis.

    Advice to Management

    Dig in and hopefully the digital future will yield fruits


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