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27 English questions out of 27

25 February 2020

How are the career development opportunities at Guardian News & Media?

Pros

Great working culture and intellectual stimulation day-to-day

Cons

Career progression can be difficult and many people feel stymied, especially because many contracts are only 12 months at a time

Career progression can be difficult and many people feel stymied, especially because many contracts are only 12 months at a time

25 February 2020

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10 November 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at Guardian News & Media?

Pros

There is a strong culture of mentoring, teaching, and sharing knowledge throughout the department. There is plenty of opportunity to work across the whole stack, frontend, backend, dev-ops, data engineering and teams are largely cross functional where there is resource for it. Hours are flexible - you will generally be left to manage your own time and won't be micromanaged on this front. Depending on the product, there is the opportunity to work closely with other functions within the business such as journalism and marketing.

Cons

Because the tech stack is so established, there isn't so much of a need to get your hands dirty with dev ops / deployments. This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you are after. The process for prioritising work wasn't that smooth - OKRs and planning often overran and weren't totally embedded in the teams that were doing the work.

There is plenty of opportunity to work across the whole stack, frontend, backend, dev

10 November 2020

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9 December 2020

Does Guardian News & Media have any sort of mentoring programme?

Pros

Amazing colleagues who are bright, interesting and ambitious. The business offers brilliant training opportunities, it's great place to start in an entry level role. The Guardian is well respected, it stands out on your CV. You can be proud to work here - Guardian journalism genuinely has an impact that makes the world a better place. Kings Cross office - great spot for commuting and cool area in general. Company benefits are pretty good.

Cons

The salary isn't up to par, they rely on the staff wanting to work there out of pride and the fact that it is a nice place to work - this can make you feel undervalued and constantly thinking of what you could get elsewhere. The 'restructure' that occurred under new management during the pandemic was an absolute mess, people were at risk of redundancy for 6 months knowing they would have to re-apply for the job they already do. This left staff feeling even more undervalued meaning that many of them chose not to re-apply, so now the business is hiring externally - a symptom of a poorly managed re-structure.

Advice to Management

Learn from the mistakes of 2020's restructure and redundancy process, try not to put your staff through that again. Give people the salaries they deserve. Work on getting the pre-covid culture back.

The business offers brilliant training opportunities, it's great place to start in an entry level role.

9 December 2020

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6 July 2021

How are promotions handled at Guardian News & Media?

Pros

Working in close proximity to excellent journalists and producers. Impressive name to have on the CV. Professional gear that's possible to take out for personal projects.

Cons

Absolutely no interest in helping junior staff develop or step up to the next level. Will take as much of your time as you let them. Vague promises of opportunities for promotion and development never bear fruit.

Advice to Management

Give your staff reason to believe hard work, innovation and ingenuity will be meaningfully rewarded.

Vague promises of opportunities for promotion and development never bear fruit.

6 July 2021

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9 December 2020

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at Guardian News & Media?

Pros

Amazing colleagues who are bright, interesting and ambitious. The business offers brilliant training opportunities, it's great place to start in an entry level role. The Guardian is well respected, it stands out on your CV. You can be proud to work here - Guardian journalism genuinely has an impact that makes the world a better place. Kings Cross office - great spot for commuting and cool area in general. Company benefits are pretty good.

Cons

The salary isn't up to par, they rely on the staff wanting to work there out of pride and the fact that it is a nice place to work - this can make you feel undervalued and constantly thinking of what you could get elsewhere. The 'restructure' that occurred under new management during the pandemic was an absolute mess, people were at risk of redundancy for 6 months knowing they would have to re-apply for the job they already do. This left staff feeling even more undervalued meaning that many of them chose not to re-apply, so now the business is hiring externally - a symptom of a poorly managed re-structure.

Advice to Management

Learn from the mistakes of 2020's restructure and redundancy process, try not to put your staff through that again. Give people the salaries they deserve. Work on getting the pre-covid culture back.

The business offers brilliant training opportunities, it's great place to start in an entry level role.

9 December 2020

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