IB Times Reviews

Updated June 6, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Terrible Leadership, Earnest Employees

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Development
    Former Employee - Sales Development

    I worked at IB Times full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, smart people surround you. I did sales support. You're involved in pitching to clients. Good ideas and great attention from top brands.

    Cons

    There is a massive chasm between the good ideas and implementation. As someone educated at a top university, I was personally hired to add to the sales support division. None of my experience or exposure was ever called upon despite my access to highly influential brands. Horrendous abuse of employees' time, especially younger ones. The worst part? Compensation is exceptionally low and management does not spend time building a close cohesive team. They took us all one by one and let us go from the job without any prior warning and when the fault was with the spending of the upper management itself.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less on the company, more on your employees. Invest in people. Reward them. DO NOT BE SKETCHY. TRY BEING HONEST INSTEAD. You have a good brand that is fast becoming anathema to most people.


  2. Chaotic place to work, unclear newsroom mission

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at IB Times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place for young journalists to start out; some editors are really great personally and professionally; you're able to write about nearly anything that interests you and makes a good story

    Cons

    Nobody is sure who the audience is or what niche IBTimes is trynig to capture that WSJ and others aren't already; the staff never felt like a team; you'll be asked to write click-bait

    Advice to Management

    Communicate IBT's concrete goals better and provide more training and benefits to reporters


  3. Helpful (1)

    Last resort

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IB Times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Maybe okay if you're a journalist just starting out.

    Cons

    Very, very low pay, unfair bonus-based structure, a company that has no identity, weekend shifts, night shifts, idiot managers and editors, ties to a cult, poor treatment of workers.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Soulcrushing Content Farm.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY

    I worked at IB Times full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Not very demanding work. Employees are generally good people and talented writers.

    Cons

    Awful, visionless leadership. Rewards low-effort clickbait. Every employee I knew there was looking to get out. Every six months or so, they let 10-20 people go.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees even the smallest amount. Promote interesting writing over what gets the most clicks. Pay people more than once a month.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Only worthwhile if you're desperate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at IB Times full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at a subsidiary of IB Times (Tech Times), where I worked alongside other journalism and comms grads in a similar boat - basically, struggling to find anything else in the current job market. Pros were pretty much having each other to bounce ideas off, and some senior staff members were quite knowledgeable and helpful. Having said that, they were also sympathetic to us looking for work elsewhere.

    Cons

    - No real structure
    - Emphasis on traffic rather than quality (and techniques for securing traffic were pretty dubious; it was a total gamble)
    - Encouraged to pursue gimmicky second-hand clickbait rather than actual news or interviews
    - Felt like we were churning out second-rate content

    Advice to Management

    Quality, not quantity. Remember that. And I can't help but think this place is a kind of a scam.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Working at IB Times makes me want to leave journalism

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Reporter in New York, NY

    I have been working at IB Times full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros about this place deplete by the day. About the only pro I have left is I have a butt load of vacation days, and I've been here so long that i have no qualms about taking them whenever.

    Cons

    Only editors get promoted on a regular basis, which is funny because 95 percent of them are completely incompetent. They try to hide this by demeaning writers every chance they get. But they add errors to articles and headlines daily. Then you have to deal with rude comments and emails from readers and complete silence from the editor when you bring it up.

    I’ve completely lost hope in this place.

    Advice to Management

    You know your writers are not happy. DO BETTER!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Digital sweatshop.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IB Times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to write a lot.

    Cons

    Feels like a digital sweatshop.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees twice a month to improve morale.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Where real journalists have to work in this terrible economy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY

    I worked at IB Times full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not that hard to get hired here. My interview was maybe five minutes? If you're a journalist just out of school and having a hard time find a position anywhere, but especially in New York, IBTimes isn't a bad choice. Put your head down for a while, work hard, learn a lot (and luckily there are a lot of real journalists on the news floor), then hop out to a much better place. Don't stay too long!

    Cons

    Quite literally an insufferable place - anyone who has the choice to go elsewhere does. Once in a while they just fire people when they are out of cash.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Leaders have own business/social agendas and do not care about employees.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at IB Times full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are no pros, deserves negative stars.

    Cons

    Ridiculous compensation schedule.
    There is no career development path.
    No training.
    They are only interested what you offer them and not the other way around. Controversial connection to religious org.
    Hire people with credentials only as a front for their PR.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing can be done.
    If you are a hired C-suite, beware, since you are being used to your own detriment before they find someone better to replace you.


  11. Helpful (3)

    oppressive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY

    I worked at IB Times full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    sometimes the disorganization can work in your favor. some of the mid-level editors / managers are great to work with and are doing what they can. flexible work at home policy.

    Cons

    overall an unhappy environment. virtually no one is proud to work there and is actively looking for other positions. everyone is overworked, and any good reporting/stories are undercut by awful site design / reputation as quasi content farm. being paid once a month, on the 5th of the month (never really clear on why that was) adds unnecessary stress to workers.

    Advice to Management

    pay people a wage that actually reflects cost of living; reconsider the dirty tricks / SEO / autoplay ads model



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