HOW TO GET AHEAD: WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK FOR ... CHANNEL 4 - Tina the sarnie trolley lady reckons that the Channel 4 sales team is a great laugh

What does it do? The 57-strong agency sales team sells spots across Channel 4 and Film 4. Sales people stress that they ’actually sell’, rather than wait for the phone to ring.

What does it do? The 57-strong agency sales team sells spots across

Channel 4 and Film 4. Sales people stress that they ’actually sell’,

rather than wait for the phone to ring.



Good offices? A glass tower with a steel exoskeleton and scary outside

lifts. Unfortunately it’s located in the no-man’s land between Victoria

and St James’s Park, so while connections are good, entertainment is

sparse.



As for shops: ’There’s the Army and Navy - and that’s it.’



What’s it like? The average age is 26 and the team is split evenly

between male and female. They all agree that the best thing about the

job is Tina’s sandwich trolley, which arrives at 11am and 3.30pm every

day. Tina herself puts in a good word: ’They’re the best bunch in the

building - always laughing and joking.’



When Tina isn’t available there’s a canteen on the ground floor,

complete with table football. The food is regarded as so-so, but TV chef

Anthony Worrall Thompson was recently spotted ’munching away quite

happily’.



What about perks? Pension scheme, private healthcare and five weeks

holiday.



Up to nine months maternity leave and a week’s paternity leave. Best of

all, there’s an 80-seat private cinema which shows free screenings of

the latest Film 4 offerings. Celebrities are occasionally spotted: ’I

saw that Johnny Vaughan the other day,’ claims one sales person.



How does it recruit? The usual mixture of headhunters, word of mouth and

letters.



Good at training? Newcomers get a week-long induction course, with

presentations from each department. After that, courses are regularly

offered, or staff can make their own suggestions.



How do you get ahead? This is a meritocracy and ’there’s a firm link

between what we take in revenue and our salaries’. There are also

opportunities to move between departments, so if you fancy becoming a TV

presenter ...



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