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Telegraph Media Group London Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Competitive salaries and good benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • On-site gym, masseuse, exercise classes, bike racks and GP (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Apparent lack of clear vision from senior management (in 10 reviews)

  • No development opportunities, no clear direction from management, bit of a boys club mentality (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work as a freelancer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in London, England (UK)
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Central location
    - Great people working hard at their jobs
    - Freelancers treated as part of the team

    Cons

    - IT dept. is slow to respond in case there are problems.


  2. "Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work really enjoyed it

    Cons

    Can have late nights not great if you have a family

    Advice to Management

    promote more people in house rather than bringing in external people its not good for moral and.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Going downhill fast"

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

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some talented journalists there. Good to work for a well known British institution.

    Cons

    Morale is at rock bottom thanks to poor management in recent years / lots of redundancies. It also has the atmosphere of being an 'Old Boys Club' .

    Advice to Management

    Focus on quality journalism not clickbait.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "What a terrible mess it was!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great historical newspaper with a lot of good and serious journalists. Ideally located in London.

    Cons

    Politics everywhere. This company felt like a giant mess, ran by old people from another era, in which it was impossible to build lasting strategies and tools to deliver. The processes were so complicated it was almost impossible to see an ambitious project being released. And with the politics, the backstabbings and lack of courage of the management this was really demotivating.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right top managers and stop changing the strategy every single year.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "It was good....briefly...."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech/Digital/Product in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Tech/Digital/Product in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - onsite gym
     - reasonably central location
     - good internal training, ie "the Academy"
     - pockets of lovely people working hard
     - some great work done *previously* to recent regime change

    Cons

    - newspaper revenues in general are slumping and regular changes in senior management seem to be a symptom of the organisation flailing for a solution to this
     - people are often promoted on the basis what they say they have done rather than what they have actually done (and no one seems to check either) leading to backstabbing and landgrabbing
     - incompetence is rewarded if you are a yes man/woman and good people leave, further precipitating the rush to the bottom in terms of the quality of people
     - overwhelming bureaucracy with layers of people who are not specialists in an area filtering information up and down the many levels of hierarchy, thus wasting time, delaying decisions and amplifying confusion
     - management by consensus leads to paralysis
     - everyone seems more interested in watching their back and building their empire rather than doing good work, and supporting people with expertise to do good work
     - key management seem to have no understanding of modern, tried and tested ways to make digital products and are back to working like its 1999, so avoid if you want to work in an organisation that gets digital and where you can learn from highly skilled, experienced leaders using sensible product and technology techniques and processes

    Advice to Management

    - being a data led, customer centric company needs a culture change rather than just repeatedly stating you are a 'data led, customer centric company'
     - a 'strategic leap of faith' is an oxymoron
     - listento advice from people who know what they are talking about when you make decsions


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Constant Changes, Lack of Vision"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You quickly learn about workplace politics and you are surrounded by some people who are very knowledgeable.

    Cons

    No development opportunities, no clear direction from management, bit of a boys club mentality.

    Advice to Management

    define and explain strategy to all staff


  8. "If you get a chance to work at the Telegraph, take it"

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

    Pros

    A really exciting, challenging, vibrant, fast moving place to work. Salary and benefit packages are good. Always trying to keep in the forefront. You'll learn a lot. It's a great brand to work for and have on your cv.

    Cons

    You probably don't want to work here for too long or you'll burn out. Management very arrogant, aggressive and push you hard. Completely unappreciative of your efforts. Don't expect any thanks or reward for success. Staff turnover is the highest I've ever experienced and Senior Management are culled on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your good people and made sure they don't leave. Stop changing the priorities every 5 minutes.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "avoid like the plague"

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    Current Employee - Designer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Designer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    it used to be a great place to work - amazing ux and product team doing good work and with a fantastic reputation. If you are considering joining because of this reputation - don't. things are not the same now.

    Cons

    Change of senior management has led to disaster. Most of the UX team have been made redundant or have left, with the rest to follow soon I'm sure. The UX team doesn't have any researchers in it any more, they are reporting to a visual designer that doesn't know UX, there is no respect for UX in the business with wireframes ignored. There has been a return to what is effectively waterfall. Decision making is poor and arbitary and project deadlines seem to have been conjured out of thin air with inexperienced project managers running around in circles.

    Advice to Management

    take some time to understand what the team you are now managing actually do, and how every company that does good work (google, facebook, spotify, new york times, the times, the guardian) is organised and structured as right now you are doing the opposite and the decisions you have made around the structure and management of the team are the opposite of what every successful company does.


  10. "Fun and friendly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and good benefits. Good vibe. Try to remain at cutting edge of technology.

    Cons

    Tough trading times - isn't anywhere that has tried to make the leap into the unknown? Will digital revenues ever come to fruition.

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared to pay to get the best


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Editorial: upsides but mostly downsides"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - On-site gym, masseuse, exercise classes, bike racks and GP. Good pensions scheme etc.
    - The buzz of being part of a major publisher.
    - The name Telegraph carries some merciful clout with PRs.
    - Some great colleagues.
    - Your parents will be so proud.
    - Sometimes the salary is all right but it is very inconsistent.

    Cons

    - Almost no structure when it comes to career development.
    - All plans seem to be designed for the short term and reactionary. Nothing seems well thought through. Absolutely no clarity of vision.
    - It does not matter how innovative you are, you could still be made redundant. In fact, if you rise up too far in the company it becomes almost inevitable. They've haemorrhaged a huge number of talented journalists, either because they got fed up and left or they made them redundant.
    - Senior management are just ridiculous.
    - Nepotism abounds.
    - Long hours.
    - Short staffed.
    - Micro-management and constant demands from various parts of editorial.
    - There's a lot of disillusionment among employees.
    - Definite glass ceiling when it comes to gender (almost all senior management are men)
    - Some of the stuff they print is just embarrassing.

    Advice to Management

    Your huge egos and overblown sense of self-importance are not going to save this business.


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