As such I didn't notice any discrimination against women in the branch (Blore) I worked for. I was there only for a year. I was in sales and marketing, as there are various departments I am not sure how others work within Toi. Toi is very huge to comment on collectively.
The culture in Times is extremely women friendly and female centric.
pros: are the location.
- timings are 9.30 to 6...in most of other companies it's 9.30 to 6.30
-they work 5 days a week
-overall work culture is casual
-all departments get a press card.unlike other media companies ,where I am currently working...only people from the editorial dept.get a press card.
-women centric:60perc of the staff is women
Cons: average paymasters and moderate career growth.
The work culture is healthy, one is allowed to pursue stories that he/she is interested in, money is lucrative and the amount of respect you earn for working with such an esteemed brand is unparalleled.
2TOI is a very comfortable space for any woman to fit in. Ofcourse, the workload is high (that's what one makes money for), but the safety for female workers is one of the major priorities of the offices. If a woman works till late night, then a known driver who drives the office car would drop her home. Also, the office totally supports you during your chums and the boss might even comfort you with a bouquet of chocolates (yay!)
Things also depend upon the kind of colleagues one gets in her office, but going with my experience of the brand, its an absolute thumbs up!
As far as my experience as a journo is concerned it has been a great platform for me to gain experience knowledge with such a huge brand like TOI, Generally speaking TOI is a very safe place to work but has some erratic work hours you need to cope with that . The brand is demanding.
TOI offers lot of facilities for woman workers but you cant take much leaves unless it is very crucial and important. You may also need to travel in your work profile which i did balancing both my work and my family with kid husband and mom in law.
The organisation was women friendly. Whenever I was sick or my kid was sick, they could understand the situation and gave me leaves or facility to work from home.
Regarding the pros:
Good work environment
No one interferes in our work if am doing right
Flexible in case of need
Too much of micro management by the head office in monitoring our work.
Some KPIs are set in such a way that we can't achieve them.
The Times Group is pretty women friendly from what I saw at my time there. However, being such a large conglomerate, it's hard to paint every sub-company with the same brush.
- lots of women in top management positions
- little to no discrimination between the sexes in terms of career growth
- flexible hours (Radio Mirchi, where I worked)
- long hours expected
I have worked with the marketing n sales team which was a proper ladies team it was good to work friendly working environment since I didn't work there for long (only 6 months) so I have no clue about any other department but overall it looks friendly but don't know the inside reality