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Updated July 14, 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. "Very very poor project organisation and low morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are really good. Nice building with good facilities in a good location. The also looks good on your CV

    Cons

    Bad working environment. Dependent on the department you work in, perhaps this isn't for all departments but there is a lack of direction for people working on projects.

    Advice to Management

    They transparency across different departments for better communication.


  2. "Disappointed in the Telegraph Media group"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location. Some of the people I worked with

    Cons

    Terrible management, all lack communication! No understanding with disabilities!

    Advice to Management

    Talk to each other instead of talking behind each other's backs.

  3. "my boss is brilliant - rest of the place is a basket case"

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

    I have been working at Telegraph Media Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My boss
    The history of the place
    Former glories

    Cons

    The place has no direction and its all getting a bit embarrassing
    There no point discussing time off policies, training and work life balance when everyone wants to leave because the product we produce is rubbish.

    Advice to Management

    Get a strategy and most importantly some editorial direction. People want inspirational leadership, figure heads and causes we can rally behind. Instead we are left sniggering at Private Eye. For the love of God stop worrying about time off policies, training and work life balance - its pathetic.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Watch your back!"

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

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

    Pros

    New digital products
    Benefits
    Free newspaper
    Exciting to be part of a near 160-year old company
    Impressive building and useful location (Victoria).

    Cons

    No values
    No consistent culture across the business
    Blame culture
    Underpaid, undervalued staff whilst senior management highly paid
    Cut throat.
    Internal press releases end up on Guardian website within seconds.
    No free tea and coffee!

    Advice to Management

    Strategise and deliver on a defined roadmap - but allow time for enough preparation. Stop living to a deadline like a print newspaper - in the digital world it's all about being relevant all the time.


  5. "Strong brand but no 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong brand, big potential to be interesting, great content.

    Cons

    Endless cycles of organisational restructure, highly political, no long term strategy, lack of leadership, very aggressive and lack of focus

    Advice to Management

    Stop the panic, focus on a long term vision and protect the talent pool.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worse than school"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice offices with enough space

    Cons

    Totally hierarchical, utterly impractical, big old-boys society of losers who don't actually know or do anything, and a few people who skulk around the perimeter doing anything productive. Those people are largely ignored for showing themselves up as working class, even if they're not

    Advice to Management

    Think about whether you are an old-boys club/public school or a business, freshen things up and pay more attention to brilliant minds.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Failing for a reason"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some perks like office gym
    Looks good on your cv. I couldn't even reach the 20 word minimum on this!

    Cons

    Treated like a child, unbelievable amount of red tape for a company that brags about innovative young staff. They hire plenty, then find they all leave as not allowed to actually use their talent or change anything. Marketing is a huge dictatorship, offering the same products and subscriptions for years. Literally the exact same thing, yet wonder why their readers aren't buying anything.

    Terrible morale, turnover of staff is amazing, anyone with talent leaves knowing better. Almost all heads and seniors are outdated and in a cushy role. Very big mates culture for senior team.
    Company is also selling its soul to advertising.

    They even go as far as employing old senior staff over getting a new fresh manager in. They serious abuse interns, bringing them in for hope of a job, getting maximum amount of months for them on the cheap then replace the lot in a circle!

    Advice to Management

    Pretty much remove all the senior staff that's been there for more than 5 years, and look at why the guardian is doing things right. Actually notice anyone between 22-30 leaves quickly.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Could have been so much more but instead was ruined by selfish management, and stupid people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Telegraph Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Decent location, nice perks, on-site gym and masseuse.

    Cons

    No management direction at all... No promotion at all... No salary increase at all...

    Advice to Management

    Actually care about your employees and their well-being....

    Encourage and promote them.

    Don't treat them like children by forcing them to put their name tags on their screen when no other department must do so.

    Let the people who know what they are doing get on with it, do not interfere.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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. 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


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