Guardian News & Media Reviews

Updated Jan 19, 2021

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Pros
  • "Wonderful collegues, better work/life balance(in 12 reviews)

  • "An excellent work culture, with great people and challenging work(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management lack leadership skills and backbone to handle situations(in 10 reviews)

  • "Rounds of redundancies makes for an anxious day to day(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "brilliant"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    great company, values and wonderful people

    Cons

    there is nothing bad i can say!

  2. "Great Culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy job with low stress.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

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

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Editorial Role in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media

    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

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  4. "Very comfortable working environment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media

    Pros

    diverse staff, great resources, comfortable environment

    Cons

    divided office, not enough integration of commercial and editorial

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  5. "The people are amazing"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's so true I'll say is twice. The people are amazing. Very good work/life balance Managers are very understanding when it comes to personal problems

    Cons

    Bonus structure was always very complicated and difficult to achieve at times due to the many layers it was made up of (some of those things being out of your control) Due to the fact it is a huge nearly 200 year old organisation it can be very stuck in it's ways when it comes to processes and implementing new ideas Personal progress was always very slow and promotions were hard to come by

  6. "Great people, slow management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are the best, until they get made redundant

    Cons

    Rounds of redundancies makes for an anxious day to day

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Absolutely not living their values"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Prestige, freedom to coast for years on end if you wish.

    Cons

    No progression except for a few selected people. Classist. Poorly motivated staff. No training. Very poor management. Kath took over with no vision for what to do with the Guardian so has allowed the finance teams to take over and gut the place of talent.

  8. COVID-19

    "Amazing people who are undervalued by the business"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues who are bright, interesting and ambitious. The business offers brilliant training opportunities, it's great place to start in an entry level role. The Guardian is well respected, it stands out on your CV. You can be proud to work here - Guardian journalism genuinely has an impact that makes the world a better place. Kings Cross office - great spot for commuting and cool area in general. Company benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    The salary isn't up to par, they rely on the staff wanting to work there out of pride and the fact that it is a nice place to work - this can make you feel undervalued and constantly thinking of what you could get elsewhere. The 'restructure' that occurred under new management during the pandemic was an absolute mess, people were at risk of redundancy for 6 months knowing they would have to re-apply for the job they already do. This left staff feeling even more undervalued meaning that many of them chose not to re-apply, so now the business is hiring externally - a symptom of a poorly managed re-structure.

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  9. "Good workplace"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Wonderful collegues, better work/life balance

    Cons

    lots of meetings, business direction something not very confusing

  10. Helpful (1)

    "A mature, welcoming digital department with lots to offer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is a strong culture of mentoring, teaching, and sharing knowledge throughout the department. There is plenty of opportunity to work across the whole stack, frontend, backend, dev-ops, data engineering and teams are largely cross functional where there is resource for it. Hours are flexible - you will generally be left to manage your own time and won't be micromanaged on this front. Depending on the product, there is the opportunity to work closely with other functions within the business such as journalism and marketing.

    Cons

    Because the tech stack is so established, there isn't so much of a need to get your hands dirty with dev ops / deployments. This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you are after. The process for prioritising work wasn't that smooth - OKRs and planning often overran and weren't totally embedded in the teams that were doing the work.

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