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"A thoroughly decent place to work"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great workplace, international feel with good opportunity

Cons

Can be long hours at times

Other Employee Reviews for Economist Group

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great experience but don't expect a secure job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great employees - very warm, smart, professional, helpful. Collaborative and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Managed poorly. Does not know how to bridge their old fashioned tradition with the contemporary culture. Absolutely no job security and if you do start as an intern or contract, do not expect to be offered anything permanent. A lot of people laid off recently.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the younger experienced employees who know what is going on out there. Do not rush into business ideas you have no idea how to implement.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great colleagues, hopeless management"

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    Current Employee - Journalist
    Current Employee - Journalist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Economist Group full-time

    Pros

    Lots of clever colleagues (though some of them not _quite_ as clever as they think), a collegiate atmosphere - once you're away from the bigwigs, interesting work, a chance to meet movers and shakers, the status that comes with being a journalist at one of the biggest names in the world. One of the few places in journalism that hasn't slashed journalism jobs - still growing.

    Cons

    Run like a public-school old-boys' club, even though it's broadened its hiring reach. Hopelessly erratic and inconsistent management on everything under the sun. Zero out of ten for communications skills - or perhaps if you _are_ one of those public-school-boys you are able to read the unwritten cues? I wouldn't know - I'm not. All I can tell you is that I often have no idea what they're trying to say, if anything. They _think_ they're not biased against other sorts of people, but since they are arrogant as all hell they wouldn't know, would they? It's quite possible to work at TE, think you're doing perfectly well, getting lots of stuff in the paper, getting no feedback except "thanks, nice piece" - and then be told out of the blue that your work isn't satisfactory and that you'd better shape up or you're out the door. Unbelievable - and terrible for morale, as other people wonder who's next.

    Advice to Management

    You think that all management training is nonsense. A lot of it is - but not all of it. And you really could do with learning basic communication skills, for a start. A bit about how the importance of feedback. And managing diverse teams - hint, just because a friend at boarding school would have known what was going on doesn't mean that any of your underlings has the faintest clue. And about consistency in HR policies. It's extraordinary that such a big brand name is run in such an amateurish way - and it will come back to bite you sometime.

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