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Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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William J. O' Neil
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  1.  

    Good place to learn about the stock market.

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    Current Employee - Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Writer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Investors Business Daily full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Use of company's products for market research. The pay is okay. Most people are cool and hardworking.

    Cons

    Extra projects in addition to current workload w/o more compensation or arrangements. No 401K matching. Lack of advancement opportunities. Work from home is only available for a select few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people move around and see what they want to do for the company with their specific skill set.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    On the phone

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    Former Employee - Phone in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Phone in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Investors Business Daily as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The shift hours ,location. Learn about investing in the market. Really there are no more pros.blah blah.blah. blah blah blah blah blah blah.blah blah

    Cons

    They expect you to be a puppet,without having your own mind. A brainless job ,no doubt, however you hired people with brains to do a job,not robots on an assembly line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the micromanagement,spy tactics. Get over all of yourselves ,you won't keep good people or atleast those who really want to be there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    IBD is a bit behind the times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Investors Business Daily full-time

    Pros

    The people are very nice

    Cons

    It's an old-school financial sector culture that isn't on the cutting edge of anything. For example, on Christmas everyone goes into the cafeteria and gets a free slice of cake, the owner says a few words, then everyone goes back to work. No necessarily fun.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to start or end your career

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Investors Business Daily full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable, traditional media company. If you are a solid employee the company will be fair and loyal in return. IBD gives new employees a chance to prove the themselves. It's a great brand within the financial media industry. Great access to trading research. The people are great also.

    Cons

    No change or innovation within the company. Not a lot of room for advancement or lateral moves. The business/publishing model is not keeping current.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring, coaching, communication and management is good. Very fair work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place for the bare minimum. Employees don't seem to work that hard because management doesn't seem to care.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Investors Business Daily full-time

    Pros

    Access to investing products is the key benefit, if you're interested. The basis of the company is teaching the average person to learn how to invest in the stock market, so you have all the tools you need.

    Cons

    No 401K match. The culture is lacking of motivation and energy. Many have been here since the company began and have no interest in growing personally or professionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire people who do not do their jobs well and create an environment that people want to spend time in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard working people looking for upward mobility need not apply

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Investors Business Daily full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good starting salary for an entry level employee with little to no previous job experience. Great opportunity to learn the CAN SLIM investing system and the overall market. Good location.

    Cons

    To some extent, I agree with the previous reviewer who labeled IBD "soul sucking." Although it's an interesting industry, there is a caustic company culture and depressing environment which has created a level of morale so low that employees simply stop trying. There is incredibly high job security, but this has more to do with IBD's reluctance to fire incompetent people than the company actually doing well financially. With no company growth and the absence of turn over in their bush-league management team, employees quickly realize there is no real room for upward mobility. Employees would be best served to take the job, quickly soak up all the investing knowledge, and get out before their work ethic and attitude gets pulled down with the rest of the company.

    Specifically in regards to salary and benefits: the starting salary for an entry level position is competitive, but you can expect to earn that same amount for the next 10 years. There are no raises for performance or for increases in cost of living. Health benefits were impressive 5 years ago, but in the last year have come at a significantly higher cost to the employee. No blaming Mr. O'Neil... I'm pretty sure we can thank President Obama for that.

    As a last note, the office itself needs a serious face lift. The cubicals are small, old, and incredibly dreary. Good luck holding on to any of your pride there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the company a favor and let yourself go. The only thing that's going to turn the company around and keep it afloat following the death of the O'Neil benefactor is a serious employee shakeout - from management all the way down to the accounting minions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn about investing, no matter what your position.

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    Former Employee - Online Ad Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Online Ad Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Investors Business Daily full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great produces, great work life balance. It depends what department you are in, but I found IBD a great place to work with really nice people. They also want all of their employees to be aware of the market and the CAN SLIM investing system, so if you are interested in the market it is a great place to be – they will educated you and give you tools for free. Also, unless you volunteer to work seminars or something, there are not many “late nights”, for the most part everyone gets out on time.

    Cons

    No 401K match, a lot of employees seem to be stuck in a rut and unable to move up unless someone else leaves or retires. Company offers fair compensation, but can also be cheap at times. This may be obvious, but company success depends a lot on the market doing well and company is still partial tied to print, which is kind of dying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to have more team builders to boost morale, anything to get people up and out of their cubes every now and then. Also, I realize the company is not exactly exploding, but I would also encourage more promotions and rewards for top talent, to keep them around and make them realize they can grow at IBD.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    You will learn a lot but climbing up the ladder is very tough.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Investors Business Daily full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn how to invest in the stock market and you will make money doing it if you want to learn.

    Cons

    You can get stuck in a position or department very easily and its hard to grow within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let your employees become to stagnate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    This job stole my joy

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Investors Business Daily part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. This job was great at first, because you could come in whenever you wanted to. They used to have great, quality leads.

    Cons

    Sole sucking, degrading, sometimes only made minimum wage. After Obama got elected, it seemed that Mr. Oneil was so mad at the world that he stopped buying leads, and raised the price of the product making it almost impossible to sell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employees with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Harmonious, flexible, friendly environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Reporter in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Investors Business Daily full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nobody fights, no bureaucratic battles or rivals, everyone accommodates everyone else
    Nice flexible atmosphere - if you want to go out and get coffee or shop or work late, you can

    Cons

    Limited expense budget and variety of experiences available
    Only the top story of the week gets rewarded, a consistently above-average performance is treated same as average or low-performing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More ambition!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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