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Guardian News & Media Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Decent work / life balance with flexible working hours (in 6 reviews)

  • Lots of great people to work with and learn from (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management does not have a clue about operational things (in 5 reviews)

  • There are too few ethnic minority staff in key roles, and the ones that do get recruited suffer from a lack of career progression (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Potential not realized"

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

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Still in Start up mode so lots to learn and do.
    Lots of great people to work with and learn from
    Great news organization
    Benefits are great

    Cons

    We are overseen by our "parent" in the UK who doesn't seem to have a plan on how to deal with anything.
    Throw against the wall to see what sticks mentality
    No sense of direction for the people who work very hard to make it a success
    While benefits are great, compensation is only great for some

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They have really good ideas and do care about the company and it's direction


  2. "Great values but leadership is lacking"

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

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    The goals and values that Guardian journalism is aimed at are amazing. There is a lot of pride that goes with it

    Cons

    Leadership is a big con. Senior management does not have a clue about operational things.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to be more involved and transparent.


  3. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, excellent benefits, great journalism

    Cons

    Clique-y and unfriendly work culture


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  5. "Smart journalists"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    Great journalism and smart people

    Cons

    Slow-moving and too much bureaucracy


  6. "Negative working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hertford, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hertford, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are generally nice to work with
    Good hours
    Nice office with a good canteen but this may change
    Good brand, for now

    Cons

    Massive financial difficulties and a floored business model
    Very slow organisation
    Unhappy workforce - huge restructure and redundancies
    Teams do not work collaboratively
    Bonuses cut, salary freezes and lower than average salary to begin with
    Zero progression


  7. "Guardian US growing pains"

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

    Pros

    The US office is relatively young (mid-20s - late 30s) It's encouraging to work in a startup like culture but have the relative safety net of being an established international brand. The newsroom is relatively small, so reporters and editors get to work on stories they may not otherwise get to explore in bigger newsrooms.

    Cons

    Office is still dominated by cliques. Communication is troublesome. Different editors will tell you different things but never talk to each other. There could also be more age diversity. While it's great to have a young staff, people could learn from veteran US journalists, especially because the website is trying to cultivate and grow a US audience.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and honest about the strategy for growing a US audience. Listen to people.


  8. "great people, great journalism but not everyone is equal"

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    Current Employee - Editorial Role in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial Role in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -excellent colleagues
    -outstanding journalism; it's a privilege to work for a paper that breaks the types of stories we do
    -in NY office at least, people are open to ideas and will try to support them whenever they can

    Cons

    -can be slow and clunky b/c too many management levels
    -feels like there's an impenetrable inner circle so can feel hard to see how you can progress
    -poor formal development structure

    Advice to Management

    live our values; develop talent; don't reward those who shout the loudest


  9. "Best job I ever had"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    World class journalists and work environment

    Cons

    Nothing substantial here to remedy


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very smart people, ambitious, probably one of the most optimistic and forward-looking media companies out there. Decent salary and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Can be tough to move within the organization; pay isn't phenomenal; communication can be a problem. Company is in a period of massive transition, from a UK newspaper to a global brand, and it's still working out the kinks.


  11. "Very comfortable working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    diverse staff, great resources, comfortable environment

    Cons

    divided office, not enough integration of commercial and editorial

    Advice to Management

    more team building, increased team meetings



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