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Telegraph Media Group Reviews

Updated March 10, 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. "Account Manager"

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    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.


  2. "Better out there, avoid if possible."

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

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

    Pros

    - Intelligent and interesting colleagues
    - Remote working
    - Free Newspaper
    - I guess it looks good on your CV

    Cons

    - No clear vision for tech department as a whole
    - Blame culture
    - Good work not rewarded
    - Management afraid to make change or decisions
    - Politics

    Advice to Management

    Learn what agile is and train your managers!


  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 (5)

    "What a terrible mess it was!"

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    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 (1)

    "Good ideas and moving forward"

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Smart working, newly renovated offices, autonomy in job, lots of departments that support

    Cons

    Big organisation.. needs more organisation of workflows


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible place, the worst kind of politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced - being around a news driven editorial function can be exciting
    Pockets of good decent people toiling away in a shark infested highly political environment

    Cons

    Where to begin.
    - The CEO is out of touch, from an old world of media that is rapidly disappearing, clueless about digital media. Also completely ruthless and machiavellian , doing the bidding of the shadowy sinister owners. Think Mr Burns in the Simpsons
    - The management team under the CEO is packed with cronies, immersed in backstabbing, empire building, no clear strategy. The dumb bullies rise to the top, the smart decent people get crushed
    - Desperately looking for a quick silver bullet on digital revenues to replace the collapse in print revenues...but no long term strategy on how to drive digital growth, just lots of short term projects doomed to failure
    - meaning that anyone decent from a digital background doesn't last long...they either get fired (because they can't deliver the impossible silver bullet) or jump ship as soon as they can. Senior digital people rarely last more than a year
    - bloated structure; no idea what half the people actually do
    - all traditional news organisations are in a challenging environment, but the Telegraph gets outmanoeuvred more than most by new fast paced digital first media businesses, due to the crazy backstabbing culture and lack of good leadership

    Advice to Management

    The CEO should retire, the owners should sell it, revamp the culture from top to bottom with a visionary leadership team who understand the new digital environment


  8. Helpful (3)

    "A fast moving organisation... But unfortunately they're travelling backwards"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Some interesting and varied projects while I've been there
    Fascinating industry
    Generally nice and smart colleagues

    Cons

    Once a high functioning, friendly and dynamic team with good leadership, recent structural change has led to a huge dip in morale within the UX and Product teams. Most have now either been made redundant or have left. UX and Product have been split with new reporting lines, as has UX Research from UX. The senior management team don't really get UX, what they do, or their value to the organisation.
    Highly political, male dominated environment.

    Advice to Management

    This has been both the best and worst job of my career, due to the recent org changes. Consult more with the teams on the ground. Take on board feedback and provide a platform for ideas. Lose the top down old boys, misogynistic management approach. Be more lean and experimental with your products and approach and cut the ridiculous layers of sign off and management.


  9. Helpful (10)

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

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    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Constant Changes, Lack of Vision"

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    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


  11. "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.


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