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Telegraph Media Group Reviews

Updated December 7, 2016
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Good ideas and moving forward"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (3)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "avoid like the plague"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Telegraph"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits and friendly working environment

    Cons

    Low salary and not much progression


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Editorial: upsides but mostly downsides"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not so bad..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice big office, good location and nice perks like the gym and bike racks. Canteen is a little bit average later in the day.

    Cons

    Computers systems are frustratingly slow and hardware is old, there is very little room to move in the company and I've never felt included in biz or product development, communication is only top down... People seem very keen to cling to their jobs for fear of losing them!

    Advice to Management

    Seek insight from the people doing the day to day work, those on the frontlines so to speak.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits - thorny work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    World-class colleagues, many of whom are very good people. Challenging work. Dynamic environment. The organisation has a long history and prestigious reputation. Great benefits: on site gym, generous pension scheme, BUPA, dental, etc.

    Cons

    Really very political environment to work in. Lots of redundancies in recent years. Apparent lack of clear vision from senior management. Some culture of presenteeism. Long hours. Company not loyal to longstanding members of staff, leading to feeling of insecurity & demotivation among workers.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate a clear and consistent vision, and stick to it. Stop changing senior management around. Create a culture of development in which internal promotions are possible and encouraged.


  9. "great place to visit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group as a contractor

    Pros

    all staff in technology are closely located to each other from service desk staff to CIO / CTO so no ping-ponging of emails necessary - just desk stop and achieve!

    Cons

    frequent changing of CIO over the last few years leading to...
    turnover of tech permanent and contract staff means perpetual forming & storming of teams
    ...consequently disenfranchisement in thinking of a long term strategic view on how the organisation needs to embrace the digital age

    Advice to Management

    don't keep replacing the CIO as often as you have...
    find ways and means for teams to rapidly move to norming and performing e.g. clear processes taking guesswork out of deliverable, team bonding trips to ibiza ;-)


  10. "Talent Programmes Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Programmes Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Talent Programmes Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a company it's going through a lot of change, which is great for those who are consistently innovating. Within my own team I'm given autonomy, trusted to deliver and encouraged to develop new initiatives.

    Cons

    With small teams it's sometimes difficult to strike a balance between the speed of delivery and the space to innovate. Although this is something that comes down to an individual to manage.


  11. "Interesting, challenging, exciting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Academy - We have any Academy for learning, development and future talent. The Academy gives everyone the skills they need to do their job well. It also offers programmes such as Inspire and the Managers Programme to enhance our skills. The future talent programmes are amazing. If offers work experience, internships, apprenticeships and career talks and events.

    Benefits are very good. We have a GP on site as well as a gym, exercise studio. Bupa health care and dental plans etc.

    Its a challenging place to work that is exciting.

    You get back what you put in.

    Cons

    Location for me is OK but I would have loved it if the offices were still in Canary Wharf

    Advice to Management

    Stay focus on our business plan, vision and goals. Work together to make this happen as it will set us apart from our competitors.


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