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Fairfax Media Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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Fairfax Media Managing Director and CEO Greg Hywood
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Pros
  • work life balance, very friendly team (in 14 reviews)

  • Great people; cutting edge of news (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Hot desking (you don't have a set desk) results in a weird culture (in 6 reviews)

  • So much middle management that sometimes getting things done was a real task (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fairfax Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic company to work for with the best print and digital offerings in market. Great culture with a strong focus on staff and their development. Can't recommend Fairfax enough.

    Cons

    Hot desking can sometimes be painful especially when there are no desks available. Hot tip: Have a colleague save you a desk if you're out of the office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and make sure that you continue to acknowledge the hard work of your team members.


  2. "Fairfax Media"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fairfax Media full-time

    Pros

    Work/Life flexibility
    Events & perks great

    Cons

    HUGE business, can be hard to find who you need to get something done/answered

  3. "Hard times - Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fairfax Media full-time

    Pros

    The culture of Farifax family business remains intact. The people and environment to wok is great with most people being there for over 10 years

    Fantastic collaboration between business units

    Cons

    It is a company going through hard times. Which means scarce resources and training

    Very few growth opportunities or salary increases


  4. "Lack of direction, unstable, narrow minded"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice working environment, but not much more

    Cons

    unstable, cost saving policy which means that employees are not taken care of


  5. "Old media in denial"

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    Former Employee - Journalist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Journalist in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fairfax Media part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, excellent brand recognition

    Cons

    Old-fashioned business model, stagnant salaries

    Advice to Management

    Either stay in the news business or don't make a decision.


  6. "Senior Full stack developer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Fullstack Developer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Fullstack Developer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fairfax Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice working culture

    Cons

    Too much of movement in the office places you work in and the hierarchy structure.


  7. "Good culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fairfax Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, company fit, decent salary

    Cons

    Lots of job cuts
    Too many manager positions

  8. "Advertising Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fairfax Media full-time

    Pros

    Worked with a great bunch of people.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity to move the needle. Decisions are made like edicts and you are expected to implement them blindly, regardless of how detrimental they might be to the company and your specific site.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the boots on the ground.


  9. "Old school men's club"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fairfax Media full-time

    Pros

    Learning new things daily on the job

    Cons

    A bit of a men's club so it's hard for women to progress

    Advice to Management

    Recognise females for the work they do


  10. "Business Development Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Canberra (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fairfax Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company has Great training programs, a large product range, free staff parking, they are creative, have large readership print and online and client base is well developed and managed

    Cons

    Culture needs a lot of work. The expectations, workload, processes, needs of reps are ever changing. Not centrally located, heavily reliant on top performers

    Advice to Management

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