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Telegraph Media Group Reviews

Updated October 1, 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. "News Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group as an intern

    Pros

    -Lots of chances to write articles
    -Nice colleagues

    Cons

    -Not many chances of furthering after internship
    -Limited scope of activities for intern


  2. 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.


  3. "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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  5. "Telegraph"

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    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. "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Good Bonus Incentive within Classified department

    Cons

    Only focus is on profit at detriment to company and reputation

    Advice to Management

    Keep staff if you turning a 40mil profit each year


  7. "Ok"

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

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

    Pros

    Far reaching global brand with strong commercial links to the media advertising industry. Investment in digital products, platforms and initiatives.

    Cons

    Highly political, ongoing competing business functions can slow progress. Lack of strategic direction and some disillusion amongst employees.

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal communications strategy across the business and foster a more innovative, progressive working environment that engages employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed feelings"

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

    Pros

    Prestigious organisation. Central location. Top-class colleagues, many now friends. Challenging, fast-paced work environment. Willingness to innovate and evolve. Regular in-house training and development opportunities. Good benefits, including BUPA, pension, 30 days holiday, gym on site as well as doc, physio and free massage (if you are lucky enough to be able to find 20 mins in day to leave your desk). Secure bike racks. Taxis provided for early starts/late finishes.

    Cons

    Long hours (and no kitchen, have to buy tea from canteen). Faster management turnover than Chelsea FC. Lack of clear leadership. Regular rounds of redundancy, usually framed as budget cuts but used to clear out long term staff or managers who don't fit into latest company vision. Limited opportunities for progression has lead to departure of some top quality talent. Overall, not a good record on handling flexible working requests from staff returning from maternity leave either.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing leadership and start communicating clear and consistent plan. Stop appointing staff to new positions behind closed doors. Encourage internal promotion by openly advertising opportunities.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not so bad..."

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits - thorny work environment"

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    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Big company, easy to get overlooked"

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    Former Employee - Commissioning Editor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Commissioning Editor in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Free massages and GP on site
    Good opportunities available to those confident enough to speak up

    Cons

    You have to pay for your own tea and coffee
    No staff fridges
    Bad communication between upper management and everyone else
    Boys club mentality



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