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Dow Jones London Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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Pros
  • There was a good work/life balance with not very long hours (in 48 reviews)

  • Great work like balance, good benefits and flexibility to work from home or at other offices when traveling (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is selfish, rude, and do not even talk to their junior-level employees (in 22 reviews)

  • Upper management has no idea about what goes on or maybe they just don't care (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "High-class agency with high-performing, high-maintenance workforce"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time

    Pros

    Attract best talent in each category, truly creative and insight-led

    Cons

    a-type personalities, typical agency churn & burn


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bad management"

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    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, gym, pension scheme

    Cons

    Very bad management in sales, some managers don't have the skills abs capability to be a manager.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage people

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Premium employer"

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Still the best financial publishing house in the world producing brilliant news and features. For both new and experienced reporters this is still as good as it gets.

    Cons

    WSJ is suffering like other business publisher as print ads decline. This hits job security. But if the worst comes to the the worst, ex-WSJ staff are very hireable.

    Advice to Management

    Seize the online opportunity. Go for growth. Print ads aren't coming back.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - HRM in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HRM in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location
    Nice offices
    Some managers are absolutely fantastic but they are not given the necessary resources to do their job

    Cons

    Slow-decision making processes
    Very old processes and no willingness to change
    Total lack of autonomy
    Poor management
    Lack of resources and people treated like commodities
    Long hours due to 'meeting culture' which makes you come early and stay late because you have no time to work with all these compulsory meetings


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Worst place to work ever"

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

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good location, great view, cool departments.

    Cons

    If you want to die of boredom join this company, there is nothing to learn, poor management, lack of knowledge and no idea on how to manage people. It's all about the target, no motivation, this place sucks the energy out of you.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage and motivate your employees, change your management style or you will be sacked very soon.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexibility, working from home, good location, multicultural environment

    Cons

    No bonuses, low salary compared to rest of the market, no career growh


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dow Jones full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, flexibility, free snacks

    Cons

    Career progression, management usually not on site

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Nice but US employee biased"

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    Current Employee - Reporter in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Reporter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good culture and mostly nice colleagues. Closer merger with The Wall Street Journal means writers/journalists/editors/researchers get good recognisable name on their CV. Good opportunity to learn from some excellent journalists and editors.

    Cons

    Closer working with WSJ has meant more Americans brought into office, seemingly appointed above any local/national workers. This has changed the personality of the newsroom and makes local employees feel at a disadvantage.

    Advice to Management

    Consider employing people from the city where the office is based, not just drafting in US employees or citizens.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dow Jones full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you dont want to work and get paid £30k < heres the place for you. Great job for a graduate, horrible job for anyone over the age of 26.

    Cons

    Poor Management, no knowledge of the financial sector. Poor pay. The management and strategy changes often. They have either young and inexpereinced staff or a few older ones who wouldnt make it anywhere else apart from DJ.

    Advice to Management

    No point in giving advice, they change them that often.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dow Jones (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting products and mostly nice, hard -working people despite appalling management (during previous CEO's tenure).

    Cons

    Lack of direction, huge problems due to previous CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on key products - news wires, WSJ, Factiva and Watchlist and rip out the rest to start again.


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