HOW TO GET AHEAD: What it’s like to work for ... Future Network - In Future’s town, sales staff saunter to their Georgian office via the Roman baths

What does it do? Publishes about 80 titles within four divisions in the Future Network: computing, living and music, sports and entertainment, plus a range of electronic ventures.

What does it do? Publishes about 80 titles within four divisions in

the Future Network: computing, living and music, sports and

entertainment, plus a range of electronic ventures.



Good office? The expanding workforce of 800 is scattered around a number

of Georgian buildings in Bath. Queen Ann House is the most splendid,

boasting chandeliers and stained glass windows. The ad sales team is

housed in a modern, open-plan office hidden behind an original facade.

However, it is in close proximity to the latest Future watering hole,

Garrick’s, which is the bar of the Theatre Royal and has log fires.



What’s it like in Bath? There are enough good bars for a Friday night

pub crawl, followed by clubbing at Po Na Na, Moles or Hush. Future has a

high profile on the local scene and it’s easy to make friends. The town

is compact and it’s quite possible to live within five minutes walk of

the office.



In ten minutes you can be in the Cotswolds, so staff have a healthy glow

and spend a lot of time taking part in outdoor pursuits. Another

favourite activity is watching the local rugby team. Bristol is only 15

minutes away by train and there are regular business trips to London,

which is only an hour away.



What about perks? A profit share scheme is paid twice a year and it

offers share options (staff watch Future Network’s soaring market price

with interest). There is also a company pension, private healthcare, 25

days holiday and, after five years, three months unpaid sabbatical. And

if life in Bath gets you down, there’s always the 24-hour Future Assist

advice line.



Is it good at training? Future has two in-house trainers and guides

everybody to management level. It also uses Speakers International for

specialist sales training.



How does it recruit? Through agencies, recruitment fairs and the

internet.



It took on 70 trainees last year, mainly graduates.



How do you get ahead? Have a goal, bags of personality and mix well.



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