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Guardian News & Media Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated 19 Jun 2019

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David Pemsel
53 Ratings
Pros
  • "An excellent work culture, with great people and challenging work(in 12 reviews)

  • "Decent work / life balance with flexible working hours(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management micro-manage and are comfortable making decisions without data to back them up(in 9 reviews)

  • "needs more diversity and more opportunities for career progression(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Poor performers and micro-management galore"

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    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong company values. The CEO and Editor in Chief do a good job of sharing information at key points. Nice office space. Get to work with modern technology. Some truly talented and passionate people.

    Cons

    Many people are poor performers but it’s never challenged. There are a number of strong individuals who just end up taking the strain, but this isn’t sustainable and is resulting in good people leaving. Nothing is written down making it impossible to ramp up new starters and keep track of progress. Senior management micro-manage and are comfortable making decisions without data to back them up.

    Advice to Management

    Really assess the structures of your teams and weed out the poor performers (that includes ExCo).

    Guardian News & Media2019-06-19
  2. "Great Place to Work, Senior Mangement tho"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really fantastic work culture, you feel really empowered to make decisions as an engineer. Lots of creative freedom Great people to work with, everyone is so friendly!

    Cons

    Decisions made by senior management are terrible and have resulted in is losing a lot of good people. They don't seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe don't keep telling your engineers they could be paid more else where and we're here because we believe in the mission and then claim that the reason

    Guardian News & Media2017-11-07
  3. "Operations Manager"

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

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    Salary and work colleagues excelent.

    Cons

    Senior Management are lacking in their understanding of the printing process.

    Advice to Management

    communicate

    Guardian News & Media2017-09-08
  4. "Great company but losing it's direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    - smart and dedicated colleagues - progressive digital strategy - working for an organisation where you really believe in its values - opportunities to test new content, and also fields

    Cons

    - transparency from senior management - bad communication from senior management - less than competitive pay

    Advice to Management

    Live the values you preach and don't rely on the Guardian name to keep staff - conditions also need to be fair!

    Guardian News & Media2017-08-07
  5. "Great values but leadership is lacking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time

    Pros

    The goals and values that Guardian journalism is aimed at are amazing. There is a lot of pride that goes with it

    Cons

    Leadership is a big con. Senior management does not have a clue about operational things.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to be more involved and transparent.

    Guardian News & Media2017-03-05
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Could be world-class but sadly declining"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media

    Pros

    - Incredible, world-renowned brand - Great people to work with - Nice offices, great location - Work can be very interesting - Opportunities to get involved with lots if you want to - Very flexible working conditions, some might even say too flexible (the amount of staff that don't work Fridays is quite staggering) - Very good work life balance

    Cons

    - Just had a huge round of redundancies, with more probably coming - Losing money. Fast. - Rudderless senior management with no real accountability - Constantly changing strategy - Very heavy meeting based culture - Utterly obsessed with other companies and trying to copy what they do rather than focus on the Guardian’s own unique strengths - Only progression opportunity comes from staff above you leaving and even then they favour hiring from an external company they can PR

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    Advice to Management

    Stick to a strategy and hold people accountable for the big failures, such as the membership building. You need to boost staff morale urgently.

    Guardian News & Media2016-09-05
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great, easy going place to work."

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Architect in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice relaxed culture with a few good people. Offices are very nice. Work was challenging at times with varied projects/programs.

    Cons

    To many long term employees that do no work and a lack of strong senior management has led to complacency. Very much an attitude of "if it ain't broke don't fix it".

    Advice to Management

    Fire some people

    Guardian News & Media2016-08-04
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Could be such a great place but is let down by salary and management"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media

    Pros

    - Colleagues are brilliant - Flexible working - Nice offices

    Cons

    - Bad senior management - No progression - Bad pay

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff, promote within

    Guardian News & Media2016-05-20
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic brand marred by politics, lack of leadership, poor culture and egos."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Guardian News & Media full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fantastic people to work with from a commercial perspective. Great brand to talk to advertisers about, very interesting business.

    Cons

    Hugely political, un-collaborative, poor senior management, lack of leadership, no coherent vision or strategy for the future. In the midst of a civil war...

    Advice to Management

    Empower your commerical teams to deliver their own strategies. Improve the almost non existent internal communication, but most importantly you had the best culture in the industry then you decided to throw this away and now you are left with the most unmotivated workforce in the industry. You need to work on this. And stop surrounding the business with management consultants, you have plenty of talent that you can use in-house.

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    Guardian News & Media2016-05-23
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