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
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
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
It took on 70 trainees last year, mainly graduates.
How do you get ahead? Have a goal, bags of personality and mix well.