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Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fun learning experience

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Business Insider as an intern

    Pros

    Amazing place to be if you're interested in online media, cool office space and culture, the people are friendly, casual dress code, lots of hands on experience and opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    The editorial staff skews on the young side, which isn't necessarily bad but sometimes it seems like they're still learning themselves.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great start-up culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Business Insider

    Pros

    It kind of has the face of a corporate business setting but the heart of a young tech start-up, so you get the best of both worlds. The company's really grown a lot and made a name for itself which makes the work that much more rewarding.

    Cons

    Nothing really out of the ordinary... Some growing pains and I wish I was paid more but it seems pretty comparable for the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3.  

    Not quite all it's cracked up to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Business Insider

    Pros

    Fast-paced, good exposure, clear vision

    Cons

    If you don't make your numbers or don't do well on a particular story, don't expect to get any help from management. It's a sink or swim type of situation: don't get the job done, you'll certainly sink. If you can't figure out how to get the job done, you're sinking without any hope of a life vest.

    And you'd better hope a story goes viral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more guidance would be helpful. It seems that editors are too busy trying to make their own traffic goals to help others with their own. It would benefit the company as a whole to offer some help when writing stories, rather than just throw money at the people who happen to go viral that month.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company with unlimited growth potential.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Business Insider

    Pros

    This company has grown from a small group of employees in a loading dock to one of the largest business news sites in the world. It's extremely rewarding to be a part of a team that really feels like they are accomplishing something.

    Cons

    As in any company that is maturing from a start-up, there is always growing pains. Sometimes there can be miscommunication between teams that can lead to friction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in a great product and hiring unbelievable talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Fun environment but cut-throat at the same time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Business Insider full-time

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers, essentially unlimited time off as long as you hit your numbers, good bonuses

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations, terrible communication across the board, emphasis on quantity rather than quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Hire a legitimate HR department that doesn't interact with the sales/editorial/product team leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Fun startup culture

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    Current Intern - Reporter in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Reporter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Business Insider as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of opportunities for growth and doing what you want to do

    Great people, very positive environment

    Huge audience for your stories

    Cons

    Tough place to be as an intern if you don't hit the cycle right. Sometimes they hire everyone, sometimes they don't hire anyone, and a lot of it has to do with what advertisers are interested in paying for. Also lacks transparency with interns about whether you'll get hired -- you feel like you're strung along for a long time before you have any notion, and then they tell everyone that if they have the funds you'll get hired, and then they end up taking no one. So don't go in with expectations that you'll get hired post internship.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Absolutely amazing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Business Insider

    Pros

    Laid back, start up culture and so much room for growth.

    Cons

    Sometimes its hard to be on the same page with all the other employees, team work is usually critical to accomplish certain tasks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    A great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Business Insider full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Enthusiastic team of people who really care about the product. Everyone really wants to do well. There's a healthy and competitive environment.

    Cons

    It's a young team, sometimes people need a little more guidance and handholding. Sometimes we work too much. There could be more communication between verticals of coverage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making employees feel like their contributions are invaluable is a great way to make sure people want to stick around and grow with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sink or swim environment

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Business Insider as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's an opportunity to get your foot in the door in the media world

    Cons

    Metrics for success are rigid, and there is a decent amount of turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    At least it was paid.

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Business Insider full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working here can help you get a foot in the door in the media world. You get to be in New York City. Coworkers are friendly, want to help you improve.

    Cons

    Work can be soul-crushing, intense focus on page view can keep you from working on what you're actually passionate about. "People don't care about that" is often heard around the newsroom. I guess no one thinks that as a media outlet, our job is to help people understand why they should care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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