Joonbug.com Reviews

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  1. Joonbug.com was a great place to learn the basics of online publishing but it was a very boring environment.

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Joonbug.com part-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I learned how to write for an online publication. I had opportunities to go to events and then write articles about the events. I even learned how to interview music producers and singers.

    Cons

    Even though I learned a lot, the environment was just not fun. It was literally dark and no one spoke to each other. There was no idea of teamwork which I really didn't like.

    Advice to Management

    Don't have interns interviewing people for intern positions--I was never taught how to conduct a proper interview, I just felt stupid asking these potential future employees questions because I don't know the correct protocol.

  2. it was okay. i didn't learn anything at all and many of the employers had select favorites and ignored the rest

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Joonbug.com as an intern

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    free access to events

    Cons

    running errands all day, didn't really learn anything useful

    Advice to Management

    don't neglect interns and m ake them run errands....

  3. Room to improve

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Joonbug.com

    Pros

    Great for work experience, hands on experience. Some of the people working there are very skilled and do work very hard so you end up learning a lot from them.

    Cons

    No real room for growth. Poor pay at some points. You end up doing more work than what your compensated for

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  5. Going nowhere fast

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    Current Employee - Event Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Event Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Joonbug.com full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Casual dress, if you consider that a pro.

    Cons

    Long hours, low compensation, lack of professionalism, a company that exploits their employees.

  6. Its a fun environment to work in.

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

    I worked at Joonbug.com full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You learn a lot if you want, the President and VP help you a lot and are very honest with you.

    Cons

    late nights, and thats pretty much it.

  7. Helpful (1)

    It's an office sweatshop

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Joonbug.com

    Pros

    They took a chance on me. I worked as a cold caller during the holidays in 2010. The business practices where a bit shady, but I enjoyed the experience and culture because I was naive enough.

    Cons

    It's a right of passage to quit working at Joonbug at the beginning of your career in NYC.

    Advice to Management

    Just give up. this place is going nowhere.

  8. Helpful (2)

    You must me STUPID STUPID and STUPID

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

    I have been working at Joonbug.com full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice staff room and pleasant secretary, thats it.

    Cons

    Management must be retarded, Everyone there is a yes person! No idea what the hell is going on

    Advice to Management

    Go back to school

  9. Helpful (2)

    Unorganized, and have not paid me.

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    Former Contractor - City Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - City Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Joonbug.com as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nothing was good about this job. A huge waste of time.

    Cons

    I have not been paid my full work amount.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Red flags from the get go

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

    I worked at Joonbug.com full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    friendly coworkers, creative freedom & that's about it

    Cons

    Where to begin? Long hours for little pay, unhappy/overworked employees, money-hungry/soulless CEO, literally told us we were all replaceable (in a meeting to boost morale no less), high quit rate, shady & exploitive business practices, etc. I worked hard and did my best without any feedback (positive or negative) from the CEO. Editorial is second rate to events because the blogs generates little to no money therefore it is very neglected.

    Advice to Management

    I knew immediately that there would be no advancement, no personal growth, no teamwork, etc. The CEO has unrealistic expectations. I think he truly believes that people are willing to work for him because he's "Mr. nightlife." Give me a break--keep exploiting your interns. Unpaid interns & contributors write every article, with the exception of the editor-in-chief/associate editor. As Gawker learned in a recent lawsuit, that's illegal and against labor laws. If you want quality work by talented writers you'll need to offer a little more than "exposure." It's a mentally exhausting and ethically corrupt work environment. But I feared being fired for the harm it would to do my future career so I did what was asked of me. The kicker was the pay. I found out shortly after starting that everyone else made salary but I did not. Only event staff made a salary. This isn't true for the new person fulfilling the same role I held; they get a salary. The interesting, shady aspect of this is that it's the same EXACT job posting listed under a different title with IDENTICAL responsibilities but one has a 30k-50k salary/benefits while the other is paid 10/h without benefits...If you're doing the exact same work load with the same tasks it is not a question of qualifications/experience. Just food for thought.

    Joonbug.com Response

    Aug 8, 2013CEO

    This was written by an associate editor who was promoted from an intern and was so happy and thankful for the chance. Before her time as an associate was up she moved on. Of course everyone else ... More

  11. Terrible Company

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

    I worked at Joonbug.com full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There were some pleasant coworkers
    Flexible start time
    Get a paycheck if you are truly desperate

    Cons

    This place is a joke. Most of the people that start work there think it is going to be a real job, then find out in a couple of months that they are being taken advantage of and quit. Everyone that works there is miserable. The company deceives both its clients and its employees. Multiple female employees complained of sexual harassment, and the atmosphere seems to condone this sort of behavior

    Advice to Management

    Stop bullying and lying. Be honest with your employees, and pay them appropriately for their time. Don't make your wife the head of HR.

    Joonbug.com Response

    Aug 8, 2013CEO

    We welcome anyone who wants to talk openly and not behind our backs to reach out to us. We offer people jobs, everything is explained in great detail. I am not sure what the real job comment means ... More

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