IB Times Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
37 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    oppressive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY

    I worked at IB Times full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at IB Times full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Toxic-Do you want to work at a place where a ranking editor files a complaint with the Labor Department?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Its a great way to get published work out there and you have some leeway to write interesting stories. But that comes at a huge price and you will soon realize what you are getting yourself into. Just look at all the reviews people have posted in the past.

    Cons

    Where to begin: If you ask any past or present employee they will tell you this place is like an abusive relationship. They really treat you horribly here.... I hate to sound so cynical but I look at other employees and I do not know how they put up with the daily BS. Top editors and management are too scared and worried about their own jobs that they will sell you under the bus. Employees get fired left and right for no reasons and it could come out of nowhere. One week you are getting praised and the next you are getting threatened by your editors that you will be getting fired.

    No one really cares here and the CEO, seemingly pleasant and nice, are incompetent, or are just looking to make a quick buck and get out and sell the company.

    Most of what you read at IBTimes.com is really BS and know one really does any reporting.

    You will most likely spend more than 60 hours a week there maybe more and not get compensated at all for your hard work only to be reprimanded the next day for some small thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish I could give advice, but how can you do that when management treats its employees like garbage...If you do not believe me google IBT media and you will find several stories on this place. They are all true and actually even worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hits...journali...traffic

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues that mutually understand each others' frustrations. Bagels (usually) every other Wednesday. Some freedom to develop clips for a better job.

    Cons

    Management only cares about hits and traffic. Sure they'll demand "quality," but as soon as traffic dips, they'll contradict themselves and resort to complain more about traffic and output. All of this happens without taking into consideration the context of historical traffic patterns and current tasks assigned and/or dumped from another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to run a media company beyond spreadsheets and analytics. The current "beat with a stick" environment is toxic and not conducive to meaningful growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at IBT media

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Journalist
    Former Employee - Journalist

    I worked at IB Times full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a great starting point for young journalists

    Cons

    The company is very numbers minded as opposed to real journalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on content rather than numbers

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    It is still in business.

    Cons

    Too many to list. You value your time, go elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve morale. Pretend you care for your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Positive experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at IB Times full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    ideas matter, fun people, great brands and very entrepreneurial.

    Cons

    Limited review process and different by every manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing, acquiring and hiring. The company is in a much better place than it was 2 years ago.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Newsweek to print?

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IB Times

    Pros

    There is nothing to consider here. Speak with virtually any employee past or present and you'll understand that Vladimir Putin's step cousin is in charge.

    Cons

    So now these two empty suits have the brainstorm to take Newsweek back to print for $7.99 p/c. Brilliant. These guys can't find their rear end with two hands and have been unable to get any traction with their digital business and now this brain freeze.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    He should fire himself and find someone who knows how to runthe company.

    Negative Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a real news organization

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IB Times (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can gain some clips which you will need to get a job at a real news organization.

    Cons

    -Silent newsroom. Low morale. No company value/culture. CEO hides in office. Company not interested in original quality content, just creating link bait.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company Run By Sociopaths

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

    I worked at IB Times full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company has managed to provide some work to reporters at a time when finding work is difficult. I met some wonderful people during my two years at the company. Some people managed to move on and get much better jobs after their stint at IBT.

    Cons

    The publication sells itself as a "serious" news outlet but only awards -- and promotes -- employees who focus on pop-culture articles that bring in page views. So many talented reporters, who wrote fantastic, respectable articles, have been fired for not bringing in the "appropriate" amount of web traffic. It is extremely disheartening. IBT is a paradox -- they claim to want to be a serious publication, but management is constantly getting rid of the only talent they actually have in the newsroom to make room for more trending articles that do absolutely nothing for the company's reputation. Health insurance is completely unaffordable for the $30,000 entry level salaries offered. On more than one occasion I witnessed a random firing , where the CEO and CFO did not even explain the reason why the employee -- usually a talented news writer -- was being let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. That is the only way you'll ever have a respectable brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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